Believe it or not, this past weekend is the first time I’ve gone to FilmScene in the 6 months I’ve been in Iowa City.
FilmScene is a local movie theater that shows new releases and independent films. It’s a staple in the city, and for good reason. I have only been to the theater at the Chauncey, but there is also one in the Ped Mall, and both are great. They have good concessions and they even have drinks on tap (obviously, I didn’t get one, but my older brother did and he really liked it)! At the Chauncey, there are two different theaters. One is a little small, but still sits a lot of people. The other is much larger and has some really comfy chairs. I was in both theaters because my brother and I saw two movies back to back – The Banshees of Inisherin and Top Gun: Maverick. I’d already seen Top Gun but convinced my brother and his friends to go because I knew they’d like it. It was my first time watching The Banshees of Inisherin, though, and I’m glad it was at FilmScene. Since it’s local and they show good, artistic films, you could tell everyone in the room appreciated it. I’m already looking online to see what showings are coming soon because I can’t wait to go back.
They have so many different series, such as movies on 35mm film, late-night showings, LGBT pride films, education, classics, and so much more. Plus, they are bringing a few movies back to theaters (like Top Gun and Everything Everywhere All at Once), as well as short films, all of which were nominated for Oscars. It’s the perfect time to rewatch or see all the contenders before the big night.
FilmScene also has discounted tickets for students, and often, they partner up with the university for sponsored events. Recently, there was a free showing of Pride and Prejudice for university students in partnership with the English department. I tried to go, but it sold out very fast. A lesson to be learned from my mistake: get your tickets ahead of time! Because it’s so popular, and they often show really, really good films, tickets go quick.
I’m really glad to have a place like FilmScene near campus where I can go and be met with other people who enjoy the beauty of films. It’s one of the many advantages of living in Iowa City.