Every Wednesday we will be screening all films with Open Captioning. This is a part of our mission to provide independent film to all in our community. Please note that some films do not have open captioning available. We’ll let you know if a film does not have open captioning available.
There are so many people to thank. We send our deepest gratitude to all of you who have wished and worried on our behalf. Your concern and your love have sustained us. Thank you to everyone who donated at any point during the 589 days, whether by sending a check, setting up a recurring donation, tacking a couple of bucks onto an online screening payment or member renewal, or contributing to a challenge grant – thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We felt great love from you and a great responsibility to get this whole thing right and make our way back to you as whole and as soon as possible.
The SLFS team is forging the future of this organization and giving their hearts to the mission. They all have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to keep our programs moving in the digital space and toward this historic moment of reopening our beloved Broadway.
We will bring our immense joy and your strong confidence in SLFS along with us as we finally, finally, walk back through our doors and begin in all the many ways, some old and some new, to Exhibit, Create, and Preserve the cinematic experience for all.
Much love from all of us.
What We’re Asking Of You
First, a word of thanks for all you have given us thus far. Your encouragement, donations, and positivity have kept us afloat during this time. We want you to feel safe and appreciated in our space. We are reopening because of you. You are so important to us.
Please follow the rules we have posted.
We also would like to ask you to maybe be a little extra patient with us as we all get our routines down. We definitely want you to feel free to let us know how we can improve, but in addition, if you could please offer up a bit of grace as we get going, that would be amazing. We are all trying so hard. Many of us at the front-of-house are new and learning our way.
Thank you so much.
What’s Up With The Tower
We’re busy refreshing and enhancing the Tower; however, due to supply-chain issues, a few of our projects are still in motion and will not be completed in time to open the doors just yet. We don’t anticipate a long delay. We’ll keep updates on social media and at SLFS.org. Continue to follow us, consider donating or becoming a subscriber, and without a doubt, we’d love to see you at the Broadway’s reopening on October 22.
We will continue our independent first-run film curation on the digital screen at SLFSathome.org (and the national curation we pioneered for @homeArts and the arthouse cinemas around the US).
The digital screen is becoming a vital part of our mission, allowing us to connect to artists in ways we have never been able to before. We can also curate panel discussions there on important societal and cinema arts themes.
One of our many epiphanies during the pandemic was that not all movie patrons want – or can enjoy – the brick-and-mortar cinema. The home environment can be the favorite theater for some, particularly, but not limited to, those with physical and emotional challenges.
We also learned that we could expand our reach throughout Utah and even globally through presenting our cultural tours programs and even our weekly films online.
We’ve decided that we like and see value in continuing to be part of the technology-driven virtual future of the film industry.
Other Useful Info You Might Need:
Filméxico is our next cultural program, so save the date for Nov. 12-18. You can enjoy it in theater and on SLFSathome.org.
Studio Backlot Motor Cinema presented by Redman Movies and Stories – Our fall season is complete, but the Motor Cinema is a semi-permanent third venue for SLFS. We’ll let you know when our next films will hit the screen.
Last updated October 19, 2021
Reopening Update: Tower reopening delayed. We’re busy refreshing and enhancing the Tower daily, however, due to supply-chain issues a few of our enhancements are still in motion and will not be completed in time to open the doors in October. We don’t anticipate a long delay, we’ll keep updates on social media and at SLFS.org. Continue to follow us, consider donating or becoming a subscriber, and without a doubt, we’d love to see you at the Broadway, Oct. 22 for reopening.
Here’s some photos to show what we’ve been working on at our historic Tower Theatre:
Update August 2021:
Grand Reopening October 22! We have missed you like crazy. Thank you for your patience with us.
Used to be, showing explosion-free movies for adults was the most courageous thing we had to do. Now, like you, we’ve had to do a ton of grown-up things since March of 2020. We’d tell you, but it’s boring.
Here’s the cool, interesting stuff we’ve been working on:
Broadway and Tower – We’re finally reopening our dear venues on October 22. We have some fun changes in store for you, like auditorium improvements at the Broadway and a new proscenium at the Tower, plus some surprises. With the current realities of construction material availability and worker scheduling, you may find that some things will still be in progress when we open. For example, we may not open every auditorium at the Broadway on October 22, but we will have plenty of films and auditoriums for you to choose from. We know you’ll understand if there are still some project elements underway. We can’t wait to welcome you back!
We will for sure crank up our awesome popcorn poppers for you! Of course, we will be following all CDC guidelines and we will want you to do the same.
Studio Backlot Motor Cinema presented by Redman Movies and Stories – The Fall season will run August 27 through October 16 with Cult and Horror films on the schedule. Fun fact: Some folks think the Motor Cinema was just a covid-coping idea, and yes, it has served us well in that regard, but the Motor Cinema is a semi-permanent third venue for SLFS. Come have a fright with us!
We exhibit, create, and preserve the cinematic experience. We promote diversity through film exhibition and creation. We foster film talent and cultivate film appreciation and participation. Our programs and venues ensure that the potent ideas and voices of film are accessible to everyone in our community.
Thank You To These Supporters
Jason Anderson Anonymous Nancy Arneson Melissa & Kyle Barnett Beehive Distillery Sandi Behnken Carolyn Bentley Tamra Brooke Laura Cannon Peter Coffin Bev Cooper Cheri Daily Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation Tim Dee Susan Dillon Denise Dragoo Christopher Eberhart & Jordan Waite George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
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Lezlie & William Kelley
Sarah Kurrus Drs. Rosemary & David Lesser Burke Lewis Steven and Brenda Lowe Danielle Moriondo Audrey Neville & Neil Vander Most Wilma Odell Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
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