Salt Lake City has three outlets that could use some help during the holidays. Each outlet has its own reason for being, but they all support smaller, rarer films in some way. It is those types of films that will provide a unique movie going experience.
Utah Film Center – best known for showing documentaries, movies that make you think and organizing the Tumbleweeds Festival for Children, the Utah Film Center provides several free showings of films every week all across the state. Tuesday evenings are often reserved for a movie showing at the Salt Lake City Public Library Main Branch.
Films will often have someone related to the film or a concept in the film to talk and take questions from the audience. You can support these types of films and the Utah Film Center by becoming a member for as little as $30. Members also get invites to special film showings, like Saving Mr. Banks, which was shown a month before its official limited release date.
Salt Lake Film Society – the operators of the Tower and the Broadway, the Salt Lake Film Society is the place to see first run independent films. They also offer trips to places like Cuba (2013). Their food choices are a cut above what other chain theaters offer without being overly expensive.
The Tower and the Broadway both need to be converted to digital as studios have set the deadline for conversion to digital at the end of 2013. They need to raise about another $100,000 as of their last update. You can become a member for as little as $50. ($40 for students under 21 years old.)
Brewvies – The cinema pub takes the food to the next level, even above the Salt Lake Film Society. Food is served up with first run films, but Brewvies also shows cult classics like Ernest Saves Christmas and special presentations like the TV show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Major League Soccer playoffs featuring Real Salt Lake.
The Cinema Pub is also looking to go digital and has a Kickstarter campaign to help them raise the funds necessary. If you like independent theaters that serve good food, beer and first run movies, this is the spot for you. They have 12 days to raise $49,000 of $70,000; that will give them time to get thank you gifts out before the holidays.