Special Events

Best of Blackout - A Screening of 10 Years of Blackout Videos!

Jan 21
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

2006-2016 - 90m approx - A Blackout Theatre presentation - no matinees

For 10 years, Blackout Theatre has been producing hilarious sketch comedy videos and releasing them to the world on YouTube. Now, we’re taking them to the big screen! That’s right, one day only, catch all your favorite Blackout videos playing at the Guild Cinema. 

Laugh along with Lynette as she showcases the interesting ways Burquenos talk. Follow the riveting adventures of Slow Steve. Learn what it means to be “Funemployed” in Blackout’s web series. And much much more. All this to celebrate Blackout’s 10th Season of creating stories that engage and ignite the community. 

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Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same - as part of the BATTLE OF THE BANDS!

Jan 21 to Jan 23
Saturday to Monday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Peter Clifton and Joe Massot - 1976 - 138m - No matinees

Double Featured with RAMONES:  ROCK N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL as part of our "Song Ramones The Same: Battle of the Bands"! 

Hey! Ho, let's go! Guild goers! We're think'in you all are need'in a whole lotta love, and we're poised to give it up, to you, with our Battle of the Bands special. The contenders? Two bands that couldn't be more unalike. From across "the pond", Led Zeppelin, in their Madison Square Garden concert film, of 1973, " The Song Remains the Same", repleat with fantasy sequences of each member of the band, versus, who else? from the good 'ol USA, our very own, Ramones, in their 1979 film, "Rock and Roll High School".  Who will prevail as champion? You decide. PLUS the screenings will likely feature a live band performing before each show (THANK YOU SISTER BAR!), and a drawing offering CD's of the two featured, contending bands.

A trippy documentary of the legendary super heavy rock group Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band!

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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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Cabaret - as partABQ FILM CLUB's Musicals series

Jan 24 to Jan 26
Tuesday to Thursday 3:00, 5:30, 8:00

Dir. Bob Fosse - 1972 - 124m


Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to Cabaret. The winner of eight Academy Awards, it boasts a score by the legendary songwriting partnership behind another film that would energize the movie musical genre with equal razzle-dazzle 30 years later: Chicago's John Kander and Fred Ebb. Inside the Kit Kat Club of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and an impish emcee (Joel Grey) sound the clarion call to decadent fun, while outside a certain political party grows into a brutal force. Cabaret caught lightning (and won Oscars) for Minnelli, Grey and director Bob Fosse, who shaped a triumph of style and substance. Come to this Cabaret, old chum. You'll never want to leave.

“Superbly choreographed by Fosse, the cabaret numbers evoke the Berlin of 1931 - city of gaiety and perversion, of champagne and Nazi propaganda - so vividly that only an idiot could fail to perceive that something is rotten in the state of Weimar.” - Time Out

“It's an all-time masterpiece, mercurial and timeless. I am changed every time I see it.” - Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central

“Everybody in Cabaret is very fine, and meticulously chosen for type, down to the last weary transvestite and to the least of the bland, blond open-faced Nazis in the background.” - Roger Greenspun, New York Times

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Best of Fest 2: The NY Int. Children's Film Fest Tour!

Mom’s Matinee

Jan 28 to Jan 29
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

2016 - 65 approx. - Mom's Matinee brings a great festival to town! All Seats $5

Recommended for Ages 8 to Adult

Cats can claw up a whole lot of trouble in One Hell of a Plan, Air-Mail, and Minoule. Fables come to life in very different ways in My Grandfather Was a Cherry Tree and The Man, The Boy and the Donkey. A playing field typically reserved for sports becomes an area for unexpected courtship in Change-Over and Two Left Feet. We meet William and his pet scorpion in By the Name of Boston. Accidents, Blunders and Calamities and Two Friends teach creatures of all shapes and sizes that danger can come when you least expect it, but Lilou proves that there’s often more than meets the surface about those who frighten us. Award-winning filmmaker Ainslie Henderson gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some magical puppets in Stems, and Slaves of the Rave proves that there’s just as much performance in the audience as there tends to be on stage. 

ONE HELL OF A PLAN - France – dir. Jean-Loup Felicioli / Alain Gagnol, Animation, In French with English Subtitles, 2016, 6 min

Mo and Carl are two hapless burglars with one great plan. It involves a special potion, countless cats, a little old lady, and plenty of opportunities for disaster.

MINOULE - France – dir. Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 4 min

One determined cat goes to great lengths for a tasty canary.

BY THE NAME OF BOSTON USA dir. - Grant Kolton, Animation, In English, 2015, 2.5 min

William Boston lives in the desert and doesn't care for many things, though he does have one friend, a scorpion named Chester.

TWO LEFT FEET - Italy dir. Isabella Salvetti Live Action, In Italian with English Subtitles, 2015, 6 min

Mirko loves soccer, but when it comes to the cute girl he spots nearby, does he have game?

MY GRANDFATHER WAS A CHERRY TREE - Russia dir. Olga Poliektova / Tatiana Poliektova, Animation, In English, 2015, 12.5 min

A young boy realizes that his beloved cherry tree has provided his family with more than just fruit.

TWO FRIENDS - Russia/France dir. Natalie Chernysheva, Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 4 min

Even best friends can have trouble understanding each other when they are from two different worlds.

THE MAN, THE BOY, AND THE DONKEY Japan, dir. Atsushi Wada, Animation, In Japanese with English Subtitles, 2014, 3 min

Once upon a time, there was a family selling donkeys. One day, the son said, "It is a waste of time if we don't ride the donkeys."

AIR-MAIL - Switzerland/France, dir. Isabelle Favez, Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 6 min

A young woman lives alone with her cunning cat, secretly in love with the boxer next door.  Thanks to her cat’s adventures, she gets closer to contact with her crush.

CHANGEOVER, Iran, dir. Mehdi Alibeygi, Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 1.5 min

A young bird engages in a surprising courtship...on a badminton court.

ACCIDENTS, BLUNDERS, AND CALAMITIES - New Zealand, dir. James Cunningham, Live Action/Animation, In English, 2015, 5 min

A father possum reads his kids the spooky story of the most dangerous animal of all:  HUMANS!

SLAVES OF THE RAVE - UK, dir. William Garratt, Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 2.5 min

Whether it’s a rock concert, an opera, a jazz performance, or an electronic show, we’re all just slaves to the rave!

STEMS - UK, dir. Ainslie Henderson, Documentary, In English, 2015, 2 min

2012 Festival Grand Prize winner Ainslie Henderson (I Am Tom Moody) shares his eulogy for the short life span of stop motion animation puppets.

LILOU - Lebanon/France, dir. Rawan Rahim, Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 8 min

Lilou, shy and curious, has rare insight into other people’s pasts. When she crosses paths with a strange man, she experiences an unexpected resolution.

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Made In Venice: The Story of Venice, CA Skateboarding!

Jan 31
Tuesday 6:30, 8:30

Dir. Jonathan Penson - 2016 - 78m - No Matinees

A rippin’, shreddin ride with the skateboarders of Venice from “raising hell on the beach in their teens to turning pro and putting “street skating” on the global map.  SPECIAL THANKS TO NOT LIKE YOU RECORDS AND BZ SKATE SHOP & TEAM!

But, as you’ll find out in Made In Venice, defying gravity on a skateboard was easy compared to getting a skatepark.

Their biggest challenge of all wasn’t becoming skateboarding legends. It was about getting what they dreamed of … a skatepark on Venice Beach for the community, and the pro skaters of tomorrow.

Made In Venice … a new documentary film… captures the firsthand stories and recollections of 40-plus years of skateboarding in Venice that started with the Z-Boys, continued with its legendary “street skaters,” and the making of the now-iconic Venice Skatepark.

“If the 2001 documentary "Dog Town and Z-Boys" engagingly gave Southern California's skateboard culture its influential due, then "Made in Venice" comes across as its scrappy, but no less lovable, kid brother.” - Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

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Groundhog Day - double featured with Groundhog Day

Feb 1 to Feb 2
Wednesday and Thursday 3:45, 6:00, 8:15

Dir. Harold Ramis - 1993 - 102m - 2 movies for the price of one!

A nod of thanks (wink, wink) to the Seattle Film Festival!

One of the acknowledged classics of American comedy, this is the hilarious & sweet story of a TV weatherman Phil Connors (a dang good Bill Murray), who is forced to live the same Feb. 2 over and over again until he gains some karmic -- and comic -- insight into his life.

“The most endearing film of both men's careers, a sweet and amusing surprise package.” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“When it comes to existential drama comedies about self realizations in a fantastic setting, [it] is right up there with films like "Her" and "Eternal Sunshine." - Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

“While Murray's deadpan putdowns and dry dismissals of provincial peccadilloes are the comic highlights, Groundhog Day is no supercilious rip of small-town U.S.A.” - Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter

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Jews Step Forward

Feb 4 to Feb 5
Saturday and Sunday 12:30pm Only!

Dir. Marjorie Wright & Elika Rezaee - 2016 - 112m - No Matinees


"Jews Step Forward traces a path grounded in the core ideals of Jewish identity, which ultimately must separate personal morality and conscience from socialized loyalty to Israel. It is a multi voice account by American Jews across the U.S., saying “no longer in my name”. Having moved beyond self censorship in the face of institutional power and social censure, they know that without help, Israel cannot rescue itself from its tragic devolution. Just as the American Jewish community historically was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, so must it speak the unvarnished truth about Israel today." - AWARENESS FILM FEST 2016

Open ended policies of torture, imprisonment, and murder of indigenous Palestinians including children, contempt for international norms, and the rise of laws mirroring fascism, all poison any idea of national permanence for Israel based upon peace and regional integration.

The subjects of this film speak with the same Jewish voice, which historically led the struggle for justice around the world, cutting through visceral defenses to demand an awakening and a Judaism liberated from Zionism.” - Jewsstepforward.com

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Breakfast Club - as part of the Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies book tour!

Feb 8
Wednesday 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 only!

Dir. John Hughes - 1985 - 97m


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From writer/director John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, Weird Science), an iconic portrait of 1980s American high school life!

When Saturday detention started, they were simply the Jock, the Princess, the Brain, the Criminal and the Basket Case, but by that afternoon they had become closer than any of them could have imagined. Featuring an all-star ’80s cast including Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy, this warm-hearted coming-of-age comedy helped define an entire generation!

“Hughes has a wonderful knack for communicating the feelings of teenagers, as well as an obvious rapport with his exceptional cast - who deserve top grades.” - Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News

“Rarely have on-screen teens felt this authentic. They bluster, bicker and trade horrible insults (hence the film's R rating), then suddenly expose their most guarded feelings.” - Rafer Guzman, Newsday

ABOUT BRAT PACK AMERICA:  A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies and the Places They Happened: From the fictional towns of Hill Valley, CA, and Shermer, IL, to the beautiful landscapes of the “Goondocks” in Astoria and the “time of your life” dirty dancing resort still alive and well in Lake Lure, NC, '80s teen movies left their mark not just on movie screen and in the hearts of fans, but on the landscape of America itself. Like few other eras in movie history, the '80s teen movies has endured and gotten better with time. In Brat Pack America, Kevin Smokler gives virtual tours of your favorite movies while also picking apart why these locations are so important to these movies.

Including interviews with actors, writers, and directors of the era, and a Trapper Keeper full of interesting facts about your favorite '80s movies, Brat Pack America is a must for any fan of The Breakfast Club and Back to the Future, of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, and Dead Poets Society. Smokler went to Goonies Day in Astoria, OR, took a Lost Boys tour of Santa Cruz, CA, and in the present visited retro arcades, movie theaters and record stores. His exploration of highways and main streets of Brat Pack America remind us why we loved the teen movies of the '80s so much and, three decades later, still do.

ABOUT KEVIN SMOKLER:  the author of the essay collection Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven't Touched Since High School (2013), which the Atlantic Wire called “truly enjoyable,” and the editor of Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Vulture, the San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, and on NPR. In 2013, he was BookRiot's first ever Writer-in-Residence.

He can be found on twitter at @weegee. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, cat, and most of MTV's first year on vinyl.

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Yochi - A Defenders of Wildlife special presentation!

Feb 9
Thursday 6:00, 8:00 only!

Dir. Ilana Lapid - 2016 - 90m approx - FREE!! Seat is limited to first-come-first-serve!

Following the screening, Lapid will lead a discussion on the process of making the film, the conservation of yellow-headed parrots and the illegal wildlife trafficking industry.

Yochi, a 9-year old selectively mute Mayan boy, guards a nest in the pine savannah of Belize. When his beloved older brother returns from the city, Yochi discovers that he's in debt, and has turned to poaching - setting the brothers on a collision course.

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Black Dynamite - In Honor of Black History Month!

Feb 10
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Scott Sanders - 2009 - 90m - A NM ENTERTAINMENT MOVIE NIGHT SPECIAL! - ALL SEATS $8


A fantastic ode to Rudy Ray Moore and all the blaxploitation greats!

In honor of Black History Month, New Mexico Entertainment is excited to present Black Dynamite, the American blaxploitationaction comedy film starring Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, and Salli Richardson. The movie centers around former CIA agent Black Dynamite, who must avenge his brother's death while cleaning the streets of a new drug that is ravaging the community.  

 “Winningly nutty! An enjoyable celebratory ode to a fiercely entertaining counterculture-inspired genre.” -Richard Abele, The Los Angeles Times

“Madcap-brilliant!  A one-of-a-kind comedy high!” -Owen Glieberman, Entertainment Weekl

“I’ve seen a lot of 1970s films, and I’m here to tell you that “Black Dynamite” gets it mostly right, and when it’s wrong, it’s wrong on purpose and knows just what it’s doing.”  -Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times

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Cabin in the Sky - In Celebration of Black History Month

Feb 11 to Feb 12
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Vincente Minnelli - 1943 - 99m - No Matinees

Vincente Minnelli's directorial debut!  Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Louis Armstrong--four of the greatest stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood--star in this musical fantasy as temptation pulls a man toward Satan . . . and his loving and God-fearing wife fights for his eternal soul in this classic film, Cabin in the Sky . Seriously injured in a barroom brawl, Little Joe Jackson (Anderson-- Brewster's Millions, Gone with the Wind ) hovers between life and death, dreaming that he is the centerpiece of an epic struggle between Heaven and Hell for his soul: On his side are the prayers of his loyal, pious wife, Petunia (Waters-- Pinky, Cairo ); battling on the side of darkness is Lucifer Jr. (Rex Ingram-- Hurry Sundown ), and his most powerful weapon, the beautiful and seductive Georgia Brown (Horne-- The Wiz, Till the Clouds Roll By, Stormy Weather ). Songs include : Taking a Chance on Love Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe Life's Full of Consequences Cabin in the Sky.

“Fascinatingly stylized musical.” - Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television

“Top-notch musical with great performances.” - Ken Hanke,Mountain Xpress

“Minnelli's feature debut was MGM's first all-black musical since Vidor's Hallellujah!, a stylized fable boasting great performances from Lena Horne, in her first major role, and Ethel waters, as her nemesis.” - Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com

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St. Louis Blues - In Celebration of Black History Month!

Feb 18 to Feb 19
Saturday and Sunday 1pm only!

Dir. Allen Reisner - 1958 - 93m - No Matinees

The life of legendary bluesman W.C. Handy is highly dramatized in this tuneful biopic. The story opens as his father, a minister chastises his son for playing "the devil's music." Despite his father's admonitions, Handy is drawn to the blues. He is encouraged by two disparate women, one an earthy singer from New Orleans and the other a good-hearted girl from his hometown whose main concern is Handy's happiness. Stress causes Handy to go blind for a while, but eventually he regains his sight, becomes famous for his music, and wins the respect of his father. The highlight of the film involves the performance of Handy's music by some of the great blues and jazz singers of the 1950s including Cole, Calloway, Jackson, and Fitzgerald. Songs include "Hesitating Blues," "Chantez Les Bas," "Beale Street Blues," (W.C. Handy), "Careless Love" (based on folk music by Handy; lyrics by Spencer Williams, Martha Koenig), "Morning Star," "Way Down South Where the Blues Began," "Mr. Bayle," "Aunt Hagar's Blues" (Handy; lyrics by Tim Brymn), "They that Sow" (hymn), and "Going to See My Sarah" (spiritual).

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Mom’s Matinee

Feb 25 to Feb 26
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Chris Noonan - 1995 - 92m - Mom's Matinee bring back a 90s classic!

Academy Award winner and Best Picture nominee! 

The inspirational, endearing and fun-filled tale of a shy Yorkshire piglet who doesn’t quite know his place in the world. But when Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins him at the county fair, Babe discovers that he can be anything he wants to be –even an award-winning sheepdog! With the help of a delightful assortment of barnyard friends, the heroic little pig is headed for the challenge of his life.

“A terrific picture that takes a lot of risks and makes them all pay off in a charming story about a pig who fancies himself a sheepdog -- or sheep-pig.” - Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

“It's a delight from start to finish that will captivate children and melt the heart of even the grumpiest adult.” - John Ferguson, Radio Times

“For children, the movie will play like a storybook come to life. Adults, at first, will marvel at the special effects and puppetry. But ultimately, they'll be won over by the nuances of a story that finds a fresh way to deliver a timeless message.” - Gary Dretzka, Chicago Tribune

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Comedian Ian Harris Live - The EXTRAORDINARY Tour!!

Mar 11
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

2017 - 75m approx. - Tickets $12 in advance (location t.b.a.), $15 at the door


Comedian Ian Harris comes to Albuquerque for one night only, on tour promoting his second hour long television special "ExtraOrdinary". A fascinating and funny mix of spot-on impressions and clever, cutting-edge comedy, Ian Harris' act has landed him coveted appearances on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!, COMEDY CENTRAL, as well as his first hour TV special "CRITICAL & THINKING"" which AXS TVcalled "A truly masterful hour of wit, humor and derisive jabbing." His keen grasp of science, evidenced by his satirical, skeptical take on everything from religion to global warming-deniers and beyond, has also earned him comparisons to favorite thinking-man's comics like Lenny Bruce, Bill Maher and George Carlin. With a unique point of view and an impressive array of comedian talents, Ian delivers a thought provoking style of stand-up all his own. 

Featuring for Ian will be Albuquerque's own Maurice Northup, who was part of The Evolution of Comedy Tour!

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