Shadow Magic/Lakewood Public Library FREE

6:00 MOVIE Main auditorium

This is a FREE movie.  Please come at least 1/2 hour early for a good seat.  Just grab your seat when you get there, we will meet up after the film in the hall outside the theater.  Movies are shown in auditorium downstairs. 

8:00ish EATS 

 Szechwan Garden. (Chinese).  It is about a 5 minute drive EAST .


13800 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107

Tips for improving your restaurant experience:

Print a map or enter the address in your GPS ahead of time.

Bring CASH to pay for your meal.

When you arrive, ask to sit at the "Movie Group" table.


Visit First Time Moviegoers page


Chinese-born, American-based director Ann Hu debuts with this epic historical drama about the introduction of motion pictures to China during the beginning of the 20th century. The film is based on a true story of Liu Jung (Xia Yu), a Peking photographer who struggles to start a film industry in China in spite of the strong anti-Western sentiment of the time. At the film's outset, Liu Jung is scolded by his autocratic boss Master Ren (Liu Peiqi) for his obsession with Western gizmos after he brings home a junked Victrola. During a photo session with China's most famous opera star, Lord Tan (Li Yusheng), Liu Jung runs into Raymond Wallace (Jared Harris), a mysterious Brit who is hell-bent on introducing movies (called "shadow magic") to the Emperor. As soon as Liu Jung sees his first frame, he is hooked on the medium and committed to Wallace's scheme. This film was screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

1 hr. 52 min.


In her debut film, director and producer Ann Hu creates a beautiful world with strong characters, both main and supporting.

Makes us appreciate what today's audiences take for granted: the miracle of the cinema.

The $5.00 yearly fee (or $1.50 for one movie) goes toward charges incurred for using the MeetUp website. You can access PayPal or pay your fee to the Organizer at the event.

CEDAR LEE 2163 Lee Road. Cleveland Heights

Parking: Paid Parking is now 24 X 7, so bring quarters. Credit cards work in the garage. The back half of the parking lot is only 25 cents for 60 minutes.  A free parking lot is on Edgewood road, one block west of Lee road at Cedar.

CAPITOL THEATER 1390 W. 65th St. Cleveland (216) 651-7295.

Parking: A free parking lot is next to the theater.

CINEMATHEQUE Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd.

Parking: They have a free parking lot.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART Films , 11150 East Blvd.

Parking: They have an attendant parking garage. There is also street parking.

CLEVELAND FILM SOCIETY. Hosts the Cleveland International Film Festival at Tower City.

Parking at Tower City: Free validated parking with movie.

LOPEZ 2196 Lee Road or New Heights Grill, 2206 Lee Road.  A half-block south of the Cedar Lee on the other side of Lee Road.  We often go to one of these places afterward for discussions.


In the world of Independent films, it is recommended that you check back a few days before the event to make sure the movie, restaurant, location or time has not changed.

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  • Susan W.

    This was my first time and a very pleasant experience. Dinner afterward was rejuvenating and I will definitely attend again. Everyone is very kind and friendly. Sorry to have missed you Susan!

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Dianne M

    The movie was great! What a lovely evening.

    January 18, 2014

  • Harlan

    Sorry you were out of sorts. The movie was very good, as was the dinner and discussion. Thanks for organizing it.

    January 18, 2014

  • Susan

    Hello All,

    I am afraid I am not going to make it to the movie tonight due to illness. I don't want to cancel the meet up and hope that all of you will still attend and meet up with one another afterwards and go on to restaurant to discuss. I did not make reservations as we were such a small group, so you can go the the Chinese place or choose another.

    My sincerest apologies.


    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to seeing Independent films with the group

    January 12, 2014

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