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Houston — By Christina Uticone on May 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm
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Angelika Film Center

houston, texas, movie theater, independent filmEver since writing about the Jeff Bridges film series at the Museum of Fine Arts,¬†I have had movies on the brain.¬† There is something special about seeing a movie in a theater, especially these days when renting is so much more convenient and affordable.¬† We can have movies delivered to our laptops, our mailboxes, and even directly to our DVD players and it becomes very easy to rely on that.¬†¬†I think a¬†great theater is worth the extra effort, so I won’t hesitate to jump on the light rail and head downtown for a show at the Angelika Film Center and Cafe.

The Anglelika is part of a chain of theaters with locations in New York City and Texas, but we aren’t talking cineplex here.¬† Otherwise-hard-to-find foreign and independent movies show¬†at the Angelika, along with a few mainstream releases as well.¬† The original theater opened in New York’s Soho neighborhood in 1989; the Houston location opened in 1997.¬† Their success is built on a consistently wonderful selection of films, as well as some of the smaller touches that set them apart.¬† For example, they validate parking; simply bring your parking ticket from the Theater District Parking Garage (located under the theater) when you purchase¬†your movie tickets.¬† The Angelika offers a “Student Monday” special, where¬†a $7.25 ticket inclues free bottomless popcorn with valid student ID.¬†¬† For kids and parents, the¬†“Crybaby Matinee” shows at 11:45 AM on Fridays and Saturdays;¬†kids under 5 are free, a changing table is provided, and the movie volume is lowered to help keep parents and kids happy.¬† And of course there are occasional lectures and meet-and-greets with actors and directors, which you can keep tabs on via the “At The Angelika” Film Blog.

A theater, an art house, and an event space, the Angelika is the kind of theater that still makes a¬†“dinner-and-a-movie” date night an event.

Where: The Angelika Film Center and Cafe is located in downtown Houston’s¬†Theater District¬†at 501 Texas St. (map)

Ticket Prices: Adult $9.50; Child $6.75; Senior $7; Adult matinee (weekdays before 5 PM) $7.75

Photo from the personal collection of Christina Uticone and Joshua Payne

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