Friday, February 22, 2008

Alternatives to the Cineplex for Film Buffs

Are you dispirited to look at the listings for the only movie theatre in town, to discover there's absolutely nothing you want to see on any of the sixteen screens?

Sure, there's always Netflix, the library's excellent DVD collection, or the local movie rental store, but some people still pine for the get-out-of-the-house, communal feeling of sitting in a dark room with a lot of other people and watching a movie on a big screen.

There are alternatives in The Ham, if you know where to look.

Framingham State College offers an international film series, with several screenings during the academic year in the College Center. Next up is the Danish film After the Wedding, on March 27. Check out the FSC events schedule for more information.

The Framingham Public Library has a frequent and varied schedule of free films screened at the main library downtown. On March 6 the award-winning American independent film Sweet Land is scheduled. Check the library events schedule for more information.

Amazing Things Arts Center has a very cool Indie Film Night on the third Wednesday of every month. This series features local, independent film makers, who both introduce their works and answer audience questions afterward. If you've never had this opportunity, it can open up a whole new aspect of the cinematic experience for you. And popcorn is included in the admission price!

So next time you're in the mood for a good film and the cineplex offerings don't cut it, plan ahead a little and have an alternative cinema experience in The Ham!


Barbara L. Slavin said...

Hello Hamster,

Thank you for doing such a nice blog on Framingham. I agree about the movie scene around here. Keep up the good work. I didn't know about the bookstore-coffee shop in Nobscott. I'll check it out.



The Hamster said...

Just saw a screening of "Juno" at the library last night as part of the ongoing free film series they offer. A fantastic movie, and it was a pleasure to enjoy it on an 8 foot screen, with 30 or so of my fellow Hamsters, with free refreshments, and an intelligent and insightful introduction to the film beforehand from a local film buff. We're really lucky our town library offers these types of quality programs, take advantage of them!