Special Events

Paths of Glory - a Kirk Douglas 100th Birthday tribute

Dec 9 to Dec 11
Friday to Sunday 4:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Stanley Kubrick - 1957 - 88m - No Matinees


Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene.

“Kirk Douglas gives one of his finest performances as the intelligent and courageous Col. Dax.” - Crosby Day, Orlando Sentinel

“This masterpiece still packs a wallop, though nothing in it is as simple as it may first appear; audiences are still arguing about the final sequence, which has been characterized as everything from a sentimental cop-out to the ultimate cynical twist.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“It is arguably the best film about the first world war, and still has a reasonable claim to being Stanley Kubrick's best film.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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Spartacus - a Kirk Douglas 100th Birthday tribute

Dec 9 to Dec 11
Friday to Sunday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Stanley Kubrick - 1960 - 196m - No Matinees


Stanley Kubrick directed a cast of screen legends—including Kirk Douglas as the indomitable gladiator that led a Roman slave revolt—in the sweeping epic that defined a genre and ushered in a new Hollywood era. The assured acting, lush Technicolor cinematography, bold costumes, and visceral fight sequences won Spartacus four Oscars; the blend of politics and sexual suggestion scandalized audiences. Today Kubrick’s controversial classic, the first film to openly defy Hollywood’s blacklist, remains a landmark of cinematic artistry and history.

“Douglas is terrific as the iron-jawed slave fuelled by righteous fury.” - James Christopher, Times (UK)

“A surprisingly apt companion piece to Paths of Glory in its consideration of the mechanisms of power.” - Derek Adams, Time Out

“This may be the most literate of all the spectacles set in antiquity.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“There have been other versions of the Spartacus story, including a silent epic and a more recent TV series, but Kubrick's film can't be beaten.” - David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)

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Children's Film Festival Seattle 2016 - SEE THE WORLD, FEED YOUR MIND: LIVE ACTION SHORTS

Mom’s Matinee

Dec 17 to Dec 18
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon Only!

Dir. various - 2016 - 78m - Mom's Matinee returns with more great Kids' Festivals! All seats Just $5

The characters in this collection of award-winning and audience-pleasing films are a determined bunch, unafraid to find their own way, create their own futures, search for happiness, find a way to save the planet and shoot for the stars. Join these amazing kids as they explore the countryside, cities and small towns of four countries, and look up at the skies to explore the worlds beyond.

Bounce  (Rory Lowe and D.C. Barclay, United Kingdom, live action, 2015, 10:19 min) In English.

A little girl will do anything to get her heart’s desire — the bounciest ball in the world.

Mami (Che Espiritu, Philippines, 2014, live action, 18:26 min) In Tagalog with English subtitles.

Best friends Siopao and Araw draw inspiration from random beautiful people in the city, in an attempt to draw the faces of their mothers whom they haven't known at all.

Mo’s Bows — winner, Children’s Jury prize for best short documentary, CFFS 2016!(Jennifer Treuting and Kristen McGregor, USA, live action, 2015, 6:19 min) In English.  

Meet Moziah Bridges, and see what it's like to be the bow tie king of Memphis!

Myna & Asterix — winner, audience favorite short live action film, CFFS 2016!  (Kenny Basumatary, India, live action, 2015, 20 min) In English.

City kid Myna visits her cousin, who lives in a village. Together, the pair tries to make a magic potion, but they end up learning something much more valuable. 

Once Upon a Tree (Marleen van der Werf, The Netherlands, live action, 2014, 14:40 min) In Dutch with English subtitles.

A girl who is awestruck by the beauty of her favorite trees makes a plan to stop the chopping in the forest.

Star Stuff (Ratimir Rakuljic, Croatia, live action and animation, 2015, 9:42 min) In English.

A boy who wonders about the stars in the sky sets off on a voyage of great discovery. A film inspired by the life and work of Carl Sagan.

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EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - The Vintage Beatles Concert Film!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. Ron Howard - 2016 - 137m - No matinees

A new compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966!

Director Ron Howard (Rush, Apollo 13) takes a look back at the years when the Beatles were still a touring band, from their early performances in Europe in 1963 to their decision in 1966 to quit playing publicly in order to focus on their work in the studio. This documentary features archival footage of the Beatles' legendary concerts, as well as interviews with surviving band members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and famous fans such as Whoopi Goldberg, Sigourney Weaver, and Elvis Costello.

“Hugely enjoyable with some remastered live performances that were previously drowned out by screaming girl fans.” - Kate Muir, Times (UK)

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Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World

Jan 22
Sunday 1pm

Dir. Renee Silverman & Peter Miller - 2016 - 40m - All Seats $5 - A Fundraiser!

Presented by the Refugee Youth Mentoring Program at Catholic Charities

A short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. The film presents an intimate, emotionally gripping account of the students’ stories of escaping war and conflict and resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer. Refugee Kids humanizes complex geopolitics and depict the challenges and urgency of immigration to America in an increasingly dangerous – and interconnected – world.

BONUS!  Film to be followed by a discussion panel on the issues facing the refugee community in Albuquerque and an art show featuring the artistic works of the children in the Refugee Youth Mentoring Program. Art work and merchandise will be available for purchase. All proceeds and donations will go towards funding the Mentoring Program and the art projects the Program is collaborating on with other refugee communities around the world.

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