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"In Search of a Midnight Kiss" Begins Today at the Bijou Theatre

by aec

Director: Alex Holdridge, USA

A comic ride and tender journey though love, sex and modern romance set in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve. A 29-year-old who has just had the worst year of his life is new to Los Angeles, has no date, no concrete plans and every intention of locking the doors and forgetting the last year ever happened - that is until his best friend browbeats him into posting a personal ad on Craig's List. When a strong-willed woman hell bent on being with the right guy at the stroke of midnight responds, a chaotic journey through the black and white streets of L.A. begins. In the waning hours of the year, emotional vulnerability and bitterly honest humor seem to be waiting around every corner.

New Carmike theatre & AEC film series

by aec

In late September, the RiverCity Company, a downtown non-profit redevelopment group, announced that a new Carmike movie theatre, featuring 12 screens, will be built on the parking lot at Broad and Third streets, replacing the current Bijou Theatre. This new facility will feature five more screens than the current Bijou Theatre and include 30,000 sq. feet of new commercial space for mixed-use development. The locally based Lyndhurst Foundation and Benwood Foundation are earmarking $1.5 million toward the project, according to RiverCity officials.

The Arts & Education Council (AEC) currently features the area's only independent film series through the Bijou Theatre in the spring and fall seasons.

"It would be such a valuable asset for Chattanooga if Carmike would commit to a year-round screen for independent and art films," says AEC Executive Director, Susan Robinson. "The benefit for Chattanooga to feature independent films would be attracting new industry and visitors to our community... It is vital in marketing Chattanooga as a progressive arts and culture community," Ms. Robinson stated.

The current AEC independent film series attracts approximately 11,000 moviegoers to the Bijou Theatre and is completely sustained through the AEC's efforts. Volunteers and staff at the AEC handle the selection and marketing of the films.

"We would love to know if local residents would support year-round independent films at the new facility," suggests Ms. Robinson.

Please let us know what you think by posting on our blog or facebook page, or by calling 423-267-1218.

You may contact Susan Robinson at the Arts & Education Council or by email at srobinson@ArtsEdCouncil.org