Steamboat Springs Arts Council to begin film series

Screenings part of push for performing arts at Depot

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Steamboat Springs Arts Council Film Series

  • Friday, January 23, 2009, 7 p.m.
  • Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St., Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / Free - $15

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— After months of being out of service, the popcorn machine that once crackled at the Steamboat Mountain Theater has found a new home.

"The popcorn machine will be alive again," said Kelly Anzalone, former owner of the now-demolished Ski Time Square theater and new president of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council board of directors. The machine will be in use during screenings of a film series at the Depot Art Center.

The series debuts Jan. 23 with a showing of Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 film, "The Man Who Knew Too Much." Anzalone said he hopes to use events such as the movie screenings to generate interest in the visual and performing arts events happening at the Depot.

"We've decided to do more performing arts events and utilize the Depot to create more events that the community wants to come see," Anzalone said.

Arts Council Executive Director Marion Kahn said she hopes the movie screenings will produce a sense of community similar to that of First Friday Artwalk, a visual-arts-focused event also sponsored by the Arts Council.

"It becomes a community experience where people get together to enjoy a part of the arts," Kahn said.

A film series was part of the plan Kahn put together for the Arts Council in fall 2007. She originally envisioned it as an outdoor event held during the summer, but the lack of an appropriate space held things up.

"This is something that we've been wanting to do for about a year, so we're finally getting it under way," Kahn said. For now, the movies screened need to have been made before 1960 - movie rights fees prohibit free public screenings of films released in the past 50 years - and Kahn said the series is open to suggestions of movies people would like to see. The Arts Council holds a full liquor license for the Depot and will sell beer, wine and themed drinks at movie screenings.

In addition to movie screenings, Anzalone said he'd like to organize small theater events and sketch comedy nights at the Depot.

Movie screenings will be scheduled around gallery openings and other events at the Depot. Public interest and venue availability will determine dates for future screenings, Anzalone said.

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