Carolina Cinemas Charlotte Crownpoint
9630 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
Held at the former Crownpoint Stadium 12, the Back Alley Film Series presents alternative films that typically fit the category of “bizarre.” Genres range from horror to grindhouse, a form of action thriller that combines elements of erotica, slasher and horror that has seen renewed interest since Quentin Tarantino released his grindhouse homage “Death Proof” in 2007. Films are drawn from around the world and are unlikely to appear at any other Charlotte theater. Screenings are typically held on the third Thursdays of the month, but some films enjoy a full weekend run.
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Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
650 E. Stonewall St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
This free film series shows cult films that have gained an underground popularity even though they were not big box office hits. Screenings take place at the Actor’s Theatre, usually home to award-winning plays, on the final Monday night of each month. In addition to the movie, guests enjoy free popcorn, specials on beer and monthly prizes. Admission to Cult Movie Mondays is free, but donations are encouraged.
609 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
The Manor is Charlotte’s only true movie art house, showing foreign and independent films full-time on both of its screens. It is also the oldest surviving movie theater still dedicated to showing films in Charlotte. Founded in 1947 in the heart of Myers Park, the Manor comes complete with a resident ghost—said to be a former manager who reappears now and then to greet guests. It is now part of the Regal Cinema group, which has quite a dedication to independent film, scheduling occasional foreign and indie features at some of its other venues, in particular the Ballantyne Village and the Park Terrace.
501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
This film series screens top foreign and independent films, many of them award winners at film festivals around the world, which might otherwise not be seen in Charlotte. The Saturday Cine Club operates under the Charlotte Film Society banner and society members receive discounted admission. Film screenings are held at Theatre Charlotte, the city’s oldest community theater, usually on the third Saturday evening of every month, with occasional matinees. Screenings are followed by a discussion session, with beer, wine and snacks available.
Cornelius Art Center
19725 Oak St.
Cornelius, NC 28031
Indie film lovers in North Mecklenburg can catch screenings of award-winning independent, international and documentary films at the Cornelius Art Center. Formerly the Indies + Docs series, Studio-C Cinema presents films on a high-definition, full-size cinema screen with state-of-the-art sound. A reception with complimentary beer, wine and snacks takes place before the films in the Art Center’s gallery, and an informal discussion is held after the movie. Studio-C screenings take place about once a month, and Cornelius residents receive a discount on admission.