Past Meetup

Sparrows:Cinematheque / Nighttown with Bill Guenzler (CIFF)

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Cinémathèque - Cleveland Institute of Art

11610 Euclid Avenue Free secure parking off E. 117th Street · Cleveland, OH

How to find us

We usually meet near the ticket booth area ahead of time and after the movie. Or catch up with us afterward at the restaurant (ask to sit with the "movie group")

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A COUPLE OF SPECIAL EVENTS: First, there is a silent film with live piano accompaniment & the editor of book on Mary Pickford introducing the film. This film is kind of like a 1920's version of Hunger Games and should be very enjoyable.

Then our group will be meeting exclusively with Bill Guentzer, Artistic Director for the Cleveland Film Festival. He will talk about films he saw at Sundance, Toronto, that should help us figure out which films to see.

Note: You have the option to attend just the dinner or just the movie. Be sure to let us know your plans when you RSVP.

3:30PM MOVIE at Cinematheque

Meet us in the lobby about 15 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater or meet us afterward not too far from the ticket office.

Please plan to leave right after the movie ends as we will want to be at the restaurant between 5:45 and 6:00.

5:45 PM Dinner/Discussion with Bill Guenzler at Nighttown.

We continue our special event at Nighttown.

12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights. [masked]

It is about a 10 minute drive to get there. If you are not familiar with the area, be sure to figure out where you are going ahead of time.

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******If you cannot find us in the lobby of the movie theater after the movie, please go the the restaurant and ask the manager for the "movie group".********


Christel Schmidt, who edited the recent anthology Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies (Library of Congress/University Press of Kentucky), will introduce a special screening of Pickford’s 1926 silent film Sparrows, one of her best movies. (The film will be shown in a color-tinted 35mm restoration from the Library of Congress, with live piano accompaniment by Cinematheque favorite Joseph Rubin of New York City.) The expressionistic Sparrows finds the movies’ first female superstar trying to free a group of orphan children from a horrific “baby farm” located next to an alligator-infested swamp. The film’s original trailer and some outtakes will also be shown, and Christel Schmidt will sell and sign copies of her book after the screening.

Approximately 120 min.

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Tips for improving the restaurant experience:

Let us know your dinner plans when you RSVP so that we can either save you a seat at the "Movie Group" table or plan to meet you at the movie. Print out a map or enter the restaurant address in your GPS ahead of time.
We can't always split the checks so please bring CASH to pay for your meal. If you don't see us when you walk in, ask to sit with the "Movie Group".

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.