The IMAX goes art house with new evening series

September 6, 2013
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Think of art house movie theaters and the image of a screen barely larger than your home flat screen is likely to come to mind.

But Craig Mince, theater manager of the IMAX at the Indiana State Museum, is trying to change that. He's launching  a series of decidedly non-blockbusters on a screen more accustomed to in-your-face nature documentaries and superhero action.

First up: "Drinking Buddies," which was seen earlier in the summer as part of the Indianapolis International Film Festival. It stars Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick. Set for November is another IIFF hit, the documentary "Medora."

"Downtown is aching for some art house product," said Mince, who is still working to fill in the gap between those two titles.

The plan is for traditional IMAX screenings during the day with these contemporary films added in the evening. How long will they run? Mince isn't sure yet.  "With IMAX movies, you commit to a start and end date. With movies like this, you play a week and decide if you are going to hold it over. If there's an audience, we'll continue to run it."

Helping matters—particularly with "Drinking Buddies": The theater serves local beer and wine.

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  • One Problem
    The trouble I have had watching feature length movies at the State Museum IMAX is that the chairs are really built for about 40 minutes of comfortable sitting, which is the average time of the educational IMAX fair. I tried to sit through The Fellowship of the Ring there, and it became so uncomfortable, I had to leave. I had a similar problem when I saw Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, too, though I was in the back row and able to sprawl out. ---- With that being said, it is great they are thinking out side the box. He is right that we're not given a lot of options downtown.
  • Pricing
    How much will they charge? Certainly, it will be less than a blockbuster in 3D but probably more than a Keystone Art Cinema experience. I'm eager to find out.
  • Found A Link
    This is such exciting news-- it's a great privilege for downtown dwellers to get to see good (new!) art cinema without making the hike to Keystone Arts. I too was immediately curious about ticket prices and showtimes. To that end, I found this link to the State Museum's IMAX site, which should've been in the article: https://secure.in.gov/webstore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=2&C=5
  • Downtown Bowling Next?
    Great news on the Arts Cinema. Driving all the way to Keystone Arts from downtown consumes a lot of time and gas for Downtowners. Here's hoping a wise investor will see there is also considerable interest in having a bowling alley downtown. Perhaps something similar to Latitude 39 which also incorporates a HD sports theater and a performance theater.
  • Prices
    Pricing for the Art House titles will be our standard rate of $9.50 per adult. Tickets for Drinking Buddies are available now at imaxindy.com.

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