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Best Indie Movie Theaters In Charlotte

April 28, 2014 8:00 AM

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Although the city has few theaters dedicated solely to independent films, Charlotte residents have a hunger for non-mainstream cinema. The Charlotte Film Society, established in 1982, meets this need with screenings of indie, arthouse and foreign films, offering society members a steep discount on ticket prices. In addition to the Back Alley and Saturday Night Cine series listed here, it also sponsors Charlotte Film Lab screenings, usually with the filmmaker in attendance, at various venues. Film festivals are another great place to see independent and foreign films, and Charlotte has several, including the Charlotte Black Film Festival in late February, the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival in March, the GayCharlotte Film Festival in April, plus two sponsored by UNC-Charlotte, the two-week-long International Film Festival and the Short Film Festival.
Back Alley Film Series
Carolina Cinemas Charlotte Crownpoint
9630 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 847-2024
www.backalleyfilmseries.com

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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Cult Movie Mondays
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
650 E. Stonewall St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 342-2251
www.atcharlotte.org/cmm

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.

Regal Manor Twin
609 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 334-2727
www.regmovies.com

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.

Saturday Night Cine Club
Theatre Charlotte
501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 376-3777
www.saturdaynightcineclub.com

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.

Studio-C Cinema
Cornelius Art Center
19725 Oak St.
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 996-7724
www.indiesplusdocs.com

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.

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