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Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)

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Date Night

Perfect location to catch a fun art film (it was free when we went). Very nice clean environment... read more

Reviewed December 12, 2018
matthew g
Really enjoyed myself

Great place catch movie whether it be an upscale art house flick, a limited run Indie piece, or... read more

Reviewed December 21, 2017
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Dec 12, 2018
“Date Night”
Sep 15, 2018
“The only place for great art films”
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Located on the busiest intersection in Grand Rapids, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts prsents cutting-edge visual art, film, performance, literature, music, education programs and events. Partnering with regional, national, and...more
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

Perfect location to catch a fun art film (it was free when we went). Very nice clean environment. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank matthew g
Kristen T, Manager at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2018

Thanks for coming in, Matthew! We hope to see you back soon.

Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

If you’re a real film buff, or you’re just interested in seeing something that doesn’t (necessarily) come with non stop explosions and body counts in the 1000s, try the UICA. They always have something independent, offbeat, usually award-winning, and interesting. Give them a try!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

If your looking for a movie, not a block buster, but something off-beat and interesting. This might be the place for you. The theater is beautiful and clean and the surround sound is awesome. The staff is gracious and professional!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed April 26, 2018

The creative juices are flowing and the experimental art is fresh in this concise museum and theatre space. While not housing a gigantic collection, the permanent pieces and traveling exhibits comprise enough material, I would think, for most visitors. Good variety in the collection and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed February 4, 2018

Waste of time. If you've been to larger metro area art centers/museums you will be very disappointed. Trying to be "edgy and provocative" with laughable artist statements to justify kindergarten crap.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed December 21, 2017

Great place catch movie whether it be an upscale art house flick, a limited run Indie piece, or even A special holiday showing of Die Hard, you'll appreciate interesting architecture, standard movie house concessions, and comfortable seats.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Katie Z, Public Relations Manager at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2018

Tanks so much for the review! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers,

Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

Viewed the contemporary art exhibits and also attended an excellent independent film "Marjorie Prime' which was fantastic. All,of the staff wete very friendly and helpful. If in Grand Rapids, MI this is an excellent place to go.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Wendylady52
Katie Z, Public Relations Manager at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2018

Hi Wendylady52! Thanks so much for visiting and for your review of our gallery and Movie Theater. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed April 27, 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff welcoming into this arts centre. Displays change; currently "Them is Us". Is only $5 so well worth a visit

Date of experience: April 2017
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Katie Z, Public Relations Manager at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2018

Thanks for the review, Ewan! We hope you'll visit us again soon to see what's new in the galleries.

Reviewed June 28, 2016

The question should be: Why is this institute driven to make a social comment instead of letting the nature of the art reveal itself? Superior setting, lackluster art work.More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Katie Z, Public Relations Manager at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2016

wilwriter, we’re sorry you did not fully enjoy your experience at The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA). Contemporary art often deals with contemporary issues and the content and themes present in ‘UNLOADED’ are highly relevant and are certainly part of conversations being had globally....More

Reviewed June 27, 2016

The only problem is parking. It connects to a lot, but it is very expensive. The films are great and often you will get a private showing.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Katie Z, Public Relations Manager at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2018

Thanks for your review and feedback! We hope you'll stop in for a visit again soon.

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Hi! Information about upcoming films and exhibitions can be found on our website!
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