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TED Talk – Surprise Me!

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Our weekly TED Talks are like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re going to get! Come join us at Compact Cinema this Wednesday at 12:00pm. We keep it a surprise to keep it interesting!

Last week, we showed the TED Talk by Edward Snowden and then had an awesome hour-long discussion. What will we show this week?

Get lunch at one of our nearby restaurants or bring your own, and enjoy your meal on the food trays in front of our comfortable seats while you watch the video. Then stay for the always-lively audience discussion afterward!

Please help us spread the word by inviting (through Facebook) any friends you know who may be interested in checking out the weekly TED Talks. Thanks for your help!

Cost: FREE!

TED Talk – Edward Snowden

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Come join us for the weekly TED Talk at Compact Cinema this Wednesday at 12:00pm. We usually keep which talk we’re going to show a surprise, but this week is a special longer talk by Edward Snowden about how we can take back control of the Internet, and we expect an interesting discussion, so we hope you can make it!

Get lunch at one of the nearby restaurants or bring your own, and enjoy your meal on the food trays in front of our comfortable seats while you watch the video. Then stay for the always-lively audience discussion afterward!

Also, please invite (through Facebook) any friends you know who may be interested in seeing this, or just checking out the weekly TED Talks in general. Thanks for your help!

Cost: FREE!

Roanoke Valley Time Exchange – June New Member Orientation

If you haven’t signed up for the Roanoke Valley Time Exchange yet, go to www.rvte.org and sign up, then come to the New Member Orientation on Monday, June 23rd at Compact Cinema! Help build a vibrant local sharing economy that lets you do what you were meant to do, without waiting for money to be available to do it!

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When:  Monday, June 23rd from 7:30pm-9:00pm

TED Talks every Wednesday at 12:00pm

tedtalks2 logoCome join the crowd every Wednesday at noon to watch a well-chosen TED Talk and then participate in an engaging audience discussion about it.  The talks that are chosen cover a wide variety of topics, and you never know what it will be about until you get there.  Talks are chosen by either our curator, Gloria Elliot, or suggested by members of the audience.  Grab lunch at one of the nearby food vendors in 16 West and enjoy your meal in Compact Cinema’s comfy seats with food trays while you watch the talk.  Make the most of your lunch hour and treat yourself to this rich community experience!

Click here for an archive of all previous TED Talks shown at Compact Cinema.

Compact Cinema No Longer Closing!

06_Looking_InAt the last minute, Compact Cinema has been spared the axe!  However, it will continue in a different form. It will no longer be a “full-time” movie theater with daily screenings.  Instead, we will show films here occasionally, as special events; perhaps some mini film festivals.

Compact Cinema will probably get used more often as a meeting space for community activist groups and as a special events space for the 16 West Marketplace, and it will host the TED Talks every Wednesday at noon from now on (which are always thought-provoking and followed by vibrant audience discussion).  We will see how it goes in this form, and if it builds an audience gradually over time.  If the audience grows, then we’ll add more screenings and events.  If you have any ideas for films to screen or special events, please contact us at info@compactcinema.org.

Showtimes for Thursday, 4/17

Good Life title image JPEGSEEKING THE GOOD LIFE IN AMERICA

Like many of us, Joy is not content with the high consumption modern lifestyle we live in the United States. So she journeys to three different intentional communities – places where people have chosen to share land and resources in all kinds of creative ways. The result is a fun and engaging crash course in sustainable living, thinking outside of the box, and finding positive solutions in an increasingly challenging world.

Thursday: 7:00pm

Cost: $5.00

Compact Cinema closing its doors soon…

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Hi everyone. I’m sad to say that Compact Cinema will be closing its doors soon at 16 West. I had hoped there would be a lot of demand for a movie theater downtown, and for a movie theater that shows documentaries, but unfortunately attendance started out low and fell off from there, with no (zero) people showing up for any of this past week’s shows, despite lots of posters and stacks of flyers around town, and a growing following on Facebook. Financially, I took things right to the edge to get the cinema set up, and the time I’ve taken from my day job to run the cinema is preventing my job from paying the bills.

A main goal of making Compact Cinema a full-time movie theater was to bring more foot traffic into the 16 West Marketplace, to help the other unique businesses in here, but that has not happened. Meanwhile, the live music events at 16 West have indeed brought lots of people in, so there is no longer a need for Compact Cinema to do that. I plan to re-open Compact Cinema at another location at some point, but it will probably only show movies once a month or at most once a week, until there is more demand.

If you’d like to see any of the fascinating documentaries we’ve been showing, come see them while you still can. Get some food at one of the restaurants, bring it in and enjoy your meal while you watch the movie, and then stay for an audience discussion afterwards. I’m only showing movies on Saturday this week, so that I can spend more time catching up at work. After this week, I’m not sure when or if I’ll continue showing movies. One of the things I most wanted to do at Compact Cinema was to show locally-made documentaries once there was a steady audience showing up, to support our local filmmakers. I have at least a couple really good local documentaries that I would like to show, so let me know if you’d be interested in seeing them in these last few weeks.

And of course, I want to give a big “thank you” to the folks who have shown up to see our documentaries; I really appreciated your presence, and enjoyed all of the wonderful audience discussions we had afterwards. This has been lots of fun!

-Ben

Showtimes for Wednesday, 3/26 through Saturday, 3/29

MnL_POSTCARD_templateMONEY & LIFE

This film by Roanoke native Katie Teague asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity? This cinematic odyssey connects the dots on our current economic pains and offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected.

Saturday: 1:00pm, 8:30pm

Cost: $5.00

Theatrical-Poster-2INEQUALITY FOR ALL

A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, this film features Robert Reich-professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member-as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy.

Saturday: 6:00pm

Cost: $5.00

amex_fr_poster_v2.27x40_v2_72dpiFREEDOM RIDERS (Free Admission!)

Chronicles the story behind hundreds of civil rights activists called the Freedom Riders who challenged the racial segregation of the American interstate transport and by traveling together in small interracial groups and sitting where they chose on the buses and trains to demand equal access to terminal restaurants and waiting rooms, and to bring racial segregation national attention.

Saturday: 3:30pm

Cost: FREE!

Showtimes for Wednesday, 3/19 through Saturday, 3/22

MnL_POSTCARD_templateMONEY & LIFE

This film by Roanoke native Katie Teague asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity? This cinematic odyssey connects the dots on our current economic pains and offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected.

Wednesday: 6:00pm;  Thursday: 8:30pm;  Friday: 8:30pm;  Saturday: 1:00pm, 6:00pm

Cost: $5.00

Theatrical-Poster-2INEQUALITY FOR ALL

A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, this film features Robert Reich-professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member-as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy.

Wednesday: 8:30pm;  Thursday: 6:00pm;  Saturday: 3:30pm

Cost: $5.00

amex_fr_poster_v2.27x40_v2_72dpiFREEDOM RIDERS (Free Admission!)

Chronicles the story behind hundreds of civil rights activists called the Freedom Riders who challenged the racial segregation of the American interstate transport and by traveling together in small interracial groups and sitting where they chose on the buses and trains to demand equal access to terminal restaurants and waiting rooms, and to bring racial segregation national attention.

Friday: 6:00pm;  Saturday: 8:30pm

Cost: FREE!