BOULDER – The Boulder Public Library will soon transform into a part-time art house cinema and has obtained a liquor license to serve alcohol.
The Canyon Theater, an existing 200-seat theater in the library, is set to house the "BoulderArt Cinema." Downtown Boulder Inc. is working with the Boulder Public Library to create the new cinema.
Sean Maher, CEO of Downtown Boulder Inc., says Boulder has not had an active movie theater downtown in over 25 years.
"It dawned on us about a year ago that the library has a 200-seat theater, right in the middle of downtown. It's empty most of the time, so we thought ‘why not turn that into a movie theater?' A real art house cinema," Maher said.
The cinema will not show blockbuster films that can be seen at large theaters. Instead, Maher says it will show first-run independent films. He says Boulder Art Cinema will work with a film source consultant in Austin, Texas to select movies.
The library has obtained a liquor license and will serve beer and wine during movie showings.
"In independent art house movie theaters. people have come to expect to be able to have a glass of wine or a beer when they are seeing a movie," Maher said.
The films are geared toward adults, so Maher says there should not be conflicts serving alcohol.
The Boulder Art Cinema will get a state-of-the-art digital projection system and a new sound system. It will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Maher says they are aiming to open the theater on Feb. 11, although no date has been firmly set.
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