Los Angeles Times

Art films hard to locate in Texas


Not all of the country is fortunate enough to have a place to see films on the big screen as mentioned in Mark Olsen’s hopeful article about increased distributi­on of art films [“Art-house Fare for All,” April 23]. After retiring from the film industry and moving to Fort Worth, I was amazed to find that, in a city sophistica­ted enough to have three of the most acclaimed art museums in the country, there were no theaters showing any but mainstream Hollywood films.

I noticed when I went to any of the mulitplex theaters during midweek it felt like a ghost town, with only a handful of people watching most of the films. Although most art films were revalue; viewed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, if I wanted to see any of these I had to drive 30 miles to Dallas to an art-film venue. It occurred to me that if only one of these sparsely attended screens were to be dedicated during midweek to showing independen­t films for those of us from the pre-blockbuste­r, action and superhero film days — not to mention those who love film as art — distributo­rs, exhibitors and those making these less costly films would benefit. I know they’d sell more popcorn and snacks during the week than they do now. Matt Clark Fort Worth

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