Magic Lantern reopens Friday

The sorrow came from the film freaks almost immediately. On art house film forums and listservs, people bemoaning the death — yet again — of the Magic Lantern.

Almost as quickly came the offers to help. Ideas ranged from fundraising to doorbelling (seriously) to taking it over from owner Joe Davis to, oddly, just beginning to screen films in people’s houses.

Davis has taken one of those offers.

On Friday, the Magic Lantern will reopen its doors, now under the management of Zana Morrow.

There’s a lot up in the air right now, but the theater has films booked through the week of December 10: indie darlings Mesrine (parts one and two) and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

Below is the schedule for this week. (If you haven’t seen A Film Unfinished yet, you should consider it your duty to do so.)

A Film Unfinished (89 min)
Fri/Sat: 5:00, 7:00
Sun: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 -- Mon: 6:30, 8:00
Tues-Thurs: 6:00, 7:45

American Grindhouse (82 min)
Sat: 8:35
Sun: 7:35

The Secret in Their Eyes (129 min)
Fri: 4:30, 6:50
Sat: 5:30, 7:50
Sun: 2:30, 4:50, 7:10
Mon: 7:50
Tues: 5:20, 7:35
Weds: 4:30
Thurs: 5:30, 8:00

The SpIFF Professor Series will also be returning:

Dr. Strangelove (95 min)
Wed: 7:00 (one night only