On Saturday, September 28, the newly remodeled Little Art Theatre will reopen its doors to the public with an Open House and Grand Reopening Celebration — it’s your chance at a first look at the historic Yellow Springs movie theater’s nearly half-million dollar renovation, financed by donations from people like you.
The Grand Reopening event takes place from 3 to 9 p.m. The Little Art will be open during that time for people to look around — old-time movies and cartoons will be shown in the auditorium, the concession stand will be open and free popcorn will be available, and special-edition Little Art T-shirts will be for sale. Children can stop in for face painting between 3 and 6 pm. Short Street will be closed for food trucks and dancing in the street, with movie-themed music provided by DJ Juju from 5 to 9 p.m. We hope you’ll come dressed as your favorite movie character! At 7 pm, the Little Art will premier its new animated short, “Welcome to the Little Art,” made by a team of volunteers and directed by award-winning local filmmaker Steve Bognar.
On Sunday, Sept. 29, a 12-day film festival begins with the screening of a fresh digital print of the 1923 comic silent film Safety Last! starring Harold Lloyd, a perfect way to honor the past with new technology. The “Back to the Movies Festival” continues with a parade of fan favorites and new movies from over the summer, including the 1965 musical The Sound of Music (one of Little Art patrons’ favorite films according to a recent survey), Before Midnight (2013), The Kings of Summer(2013), Renoir (2012), Mud (2012), Much Ado About Nothing (2012), the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom (2013), the Japanese animated film From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) and The Way, Way Back (2013). Regular programming returns on Friday, Oct. 11, with Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Visit www.littleart.com for show times.