The Screen is back and ready to serve

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION -

The Screen is back — re­open­ing this week­end be­cause of a creative part­ner­ship be­tween the city of Santa Fe and the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, keep­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to see qual­ity cin­ema alive in the mid­town area.

Film lovers had wor­ried that the clo­sure of the Santa Fe Uni­ver­sity of Art and De­sign would mean the demise of The Screen, lo­cated on the cam­pus. When The Screen an­nounced it was shut­ting down last spring, it seemed the fears were be­ing re­al­ized. With the an­nounce­ment that the CCA is part­ner­ing with the city — owner of the mid­town cam­pus — we can all breathe a sigh of a re­lief. The Screen isn’t go­ing any­where.

The agree­ment be­tween City Hall and the CCA em­pha­sizes com­mu­nity-based and ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram­ming. That means the con­tin­ued show­ing of new and clas­sic films, along with films for schools, com­mu­nity gath­er­ings and pro­grams co-pre­sented by a host of lo­cal groups. Spe­cial em­pha­sis is be­ing placed on serv­ing nearby neigh­bor­hoods and the south side. That in­cludes the many school­child­ren in the area.

Dur­ing the 2017-18 school year, the CCA served 1,200 Santa Fe Pub­lic Schools stu­dents at its lo­ca­tion on Old Pe­cos Trail. The part­ner­ship of­fers ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties.

With The Screen’s lo­ca­tion near Santa Fe High School and the new Mi­la­gro Mid­dle School, as well as sev­eral ele­men­tary schools, serv­ing stu­dents will be even more con­ve­nient.

What’s more, the lo­ca­tion of The Screen in mid­town means fine cin­ema is avail­able within walk­ing dis­tance for thou­sands of peo­ple who oth­er­wise might not want to drive and park closer to down­town. Neigh­bors can stroll over to catch a film.

Keep­ing cin­ema avail­able in the near­geo­graphic cen­ter of town is an­other demon­stra­tion of how the 60-acre mid­town cam­pus can en­rich the sur­round­ing neigh­bor­hoods.

By en­sur­ing The Screen re­mains open, the city of Santa Fe is help­ing to re­al­ize the po­ten­tial of this site.

Both the city and CCA lead­ers are to be com­mended for cre­at­ing this part­ner­ship. Their lead­ers grabbed op­por­tu­nity from cri­sis.

The Screen and the CCA’s Cine­math­eque each can boast im­pec­ca­ble cre­den­tials, with both movie houses hav­ing been hon­ored as top Art­house Theaters in the coun­try by The Sun­dance In­sti­tute at dif­fer­ent times. They are movie houses that of­fer in­de­pen­dent, world and clas­sic cin­ema, a place to es­cape Hol­ly­wood block­busters and see unique creative of­fer­ings. For long­time fans of The Screen, there’s com­fort in know­ing that founder/cu­ra­tor Brent Kliewer and long­time man­ager Char­lotte Mar­tinez will re­main on board.

It all be­gins this week­end with the open­ing of The CCA Presents The Screen (see the sched­ule at www.ccas­antafe.org).

Whether you’re keen to see the buzzed­about in­de­pen­dent hit Three Iden­ti­cal Strangers, a re­stored ver­sion of the The Bea­tles’ Yel­low Sub­ma­rine or want to take your grand­kids to see an out­door show­ing of Willy Wonka and the Choco­late Fac­tory on Satur­day, a range of pro­gram­ming is avail­able to launch this new ven­ture.

We’re ex­cited to see what un­folds, and we’ll see you at the movies.

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