This week in Film — See you at the movies? and YOU NEVER HAD IT

Cinema-going in the time of COVID is sticky business. From shuttered theaters to delayed releases, the business of exhibiting (and seeing) movies is tough getting tougher. And considering that this business model relies on public gatherings, strangers in the dark, shoulder to shoulder, breathing the same air for at least 90 minutes, it’s like COVID-19 was tailor made to obliterate moviegoing as we know it. But, things are changing. Theaters are adapting and programmers are digging deeper into the archives to see what works with viewers:

IFS, which specializes in 35mm and archive prints, had its spring programming cut short when CU closed down all in-person events in March. Not long after, a group of independent distributors (Kino Lorber, Greenwich Entertainment, Oscilloscope, etc.) banded with independent theaters to present virtual theaters, which allowed patrons to rent a movie from a theater of their choice, splitting the ticket cost 50/50 between the theater and the distributor. Even better, virtual theaters require no guarantees (the money a theater has to pay upfront to book the film) from the distributor, allowing theaters like IFS to extend their programming. While Kjølseth only has one screen on campus available to him, IFS’ virtual theater has over 40 movies to choose from, some with post-screen Q&As.
“And some do OK,” Kjølseth says. “And some don’t get too much traction at all, but we’re happy to have the options there.”

From Boulder Weekly, Vol. 27, No. 51, “See you at the movies?

Speaking of IFS’ virtual theater, they have a couple of new additions this week, particularly a resurrected evening with writer Charles Bukowski:

Born Aug. 16, 1920, in Germany, Bukowski didn’t start seriously writing until he was 50 (his first novel, Post Office, was published in 1971), but quickly became the “poet laureate of L.A. lowlife,” as the Los Angeles Times put it. Fame, in a manner of speaking, followed, from public readings to T.V. and radio interviews. And on Jan. 10, 1981, Italian journalist Silvia Bizio came calling at Bukowski’s San Pedro home with a camera crew in tow. And now, almost 40 years later, you can eavesdrop on that evening.

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