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Alternative venues turn down lights for summer screenings

July 25, 2013

YellowBrix

July 25--Sure, movies can be enjoyed in a theater.

And on a warm summer weekend, many parks around town conduct outdoor screenings.

But at a library? A museum?

Movie series can be found in venues that might not typically be associated with screenings. Here are two:

Grandview Heights Public Library

Many people visit the library to inspect books by Hemingway and Updike, but more people are stopping by to enjoy works by Hitchcock and Preminger.

"People love to watch movies together," said Canaan Faulkner, coordinator of adult programming for the library. "I know there's Netflix and home video, but it doesn't feel like the experience of watching movies with other people."

The series started around 2008 with a collection of Ingmar Bergman films after the director's death in 2007, said Chris Boerger, film programmer for the library.

"It just sort of snowballed from there," Boerger said. "Now it's to the point where, every six months, we're doing three or four series, 16 or 17 movies. It keeps growing."

The library bought a Blu-ray projector and offers seating in stackable chairs. Usually about 25 or 30 people attend the free screenings, although classics such as Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffany's drew up to 50 people, Boerger said.

The current program, "Song & Dance Men," continues on Monday with a screening of Brigadoon (1954), starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse, and will conclude on Aug. 12 with Singin' in the Rain (1952).

After a six-week break, the library will revisit its noir-film series with The Big Sleep (1946).

"That's our go-to series," Faulkner said, "because it's always popular."

Also, the Upper Arlington Public Library just ended an "Opera on Film" series. In the fall, a series of Roman Polanski films will be shown.

COSI Columbus

For the first time, the science center is conducting a summer sci-fi movie series.

"It's a pilot program," said Chris Hurtubise, senior director of marketing and communications at COSI and movie-program coordinator.

When COSI converted its theater to digital projection, more movie options became available."We thought that having a sci-fi movie series was a natural for COSI, and adults have told us that they would like to see COSI doing more evening programming," Hurtubise said. "The two just seemed to be a great match." To create a schedule, officials sought input from the staff and from Facebook.The result is an eclectic schedule running through Aug. 31 that ranges from serious films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey to 1950s B movies such as The Day the Earth Stood Still and family favorites including E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

Trivia contests related to that day's offering will take place, and other activities will begin about 30 minutes before showtimes. Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes that, depending on participation, could lead to contests and door prizes.

"We didn't know what to expect," Hurtubise said, "so, rather than being formal, we'll have an emcee who will respond to the crowd."

Most screenings will begin at 7:30 p.m.; however, because of this week's Family Friday Night event, The Day the Earth Stood Still will be shown at 9 p.m.

The theater -- which boasts a 75-foot-wide by 45-foot-tall screen ("the largest digital screen in central Ohio," Hurtubise said), a 12,000-watt sound system and stadium seating for 375 -- is a big draw.

"I think the biggest quality is the combination of a really large image and the really terrific sound," she said. "It's a treat to get to see the movies in a real premium-theater setting."

tmikesel@dispatch.com

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