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CCA Cinematheque

You know how film festivals keep popping up all over the place?  Yeah…neither do I, and that probably goes for many other Santa Feans.  That being said, there is the most delicious (yes, this is a fitting adjective for the feast on revolving display at either of the two screens in the Cinematheque) array of independent film offerings every week.

The Cinematheque reminds me of art house theaters in bigger cities where prices are fair, offerings of films are diverse, and concessions are old school.  While I wish I could say there’s pizza, beer and loveseats (gosh…oh do I miss The Parkway Theater in Oakland, CA), there is a cozy feel to the Cinematheque.  The first film I viewed was this Fall (Black Power Mixtape), and I couldn’t help but feel like there was a great sense of community in addition to a great film.  A somewhat rare feeling at other indie theaters, and obsolete at the mega chains.  Looking ahead for an alternative MLK Day/recessionista approved outing, I spy a *free* screening of Sing Your Song (the recent Harry Belafonte documentary).
Whomever is doing the selection seems to be thoughtful and the roster of films are promising. Some films have a family flavor (Being Elmo), however in the past three times I have caught a flick, I have yet to see an itty bitty one (though the time of evening screenings may also have something to do with this).
Overall, a great way to support local and independent, simultaneously.
Showtimes and prices (discounted tickets are sold in multiples/packs, along with student + senior discounts) are online: