Like Santa Fe's "The Screen" cinema venue, the Cinematheque at the CCA provides an excellent venue for seeing films which do not generally get much in the way of commercial exhibition.
I saw Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" there a few weeks ago, but, to give the flavour of what you can expect, the current week's programming demonstrates the range.
There is a lack of a decent venue in this town for the "Academy Award" type of films (Last year, "The King's Speech", this year "The Artist" being the two winners) which appear towards the end of each year. Both of these have played or are playing at the totally dreadful commercial De Vargas complex on the North side of town. However, the CCA Cinematheque often picks up the slack and is able to secure films like "My Week With Marilyn" (which was dropped from the De Vargas quite quickly) or, this week, the Iranian "A Separation". They are also playing "Coriolanus" and Frederick Wiseman's documentary "Crazy Horse", neither of which have received commercial runs in Santa Fe.
The Cinematheque holds about 150 people, has excellent sight lines, good sound, and generally excellent projection, though, as a former film festival and non-commercial venue film programmer myself, I do find that the screen masking could be improved to remove some of the fuzziness from the edges of the image, which are especially visible on reel changes.
CCA Cinematheque often works collaboratively with local arts groups, such as a couple of years ago when the opera director Peter Sellers presented his film of the John Adams opera "Doctor Atomic" and held a discussion with the head of the atomic weapons section of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Currently, the Cinematheque is presenting a series "Science on the Screen" in conjunction with the Santa Fe Institute.
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