Film series will return

Staff WriterApril 18, 2010 

— The N.C. Museum of Art plans to resume its popular film series once the renovated East Building reopens this fall.

Fans of the museum's film programming had to venture to Cary to see movies from the museum's fall and winter film series, which were held biweekly at Galaxy Cinema from October to last month.

"We wanted to keep our film audience connected and involved, and we came up with this Galaxy programming as an interim measure," says George Holt, director of the museum's performing arts and film programs.

Holt says that there will be indoor programming throughout the year except for this summer. During the summer, a film series will be shown, as always, on the big outdoor screen in the museum park. The series starts June 4 with "Invictus" and ends Aug. 27 with "The Breakfast Club." The admission price will increase from $3 to $4, but it's still free for members.

As for the fall series, tickets and discounts will remain the same, as well as the venue - the auditorium in the former museum (now called the East Building) - to see the movies.

Renovations have already been done on the East Building front lobby, as well as the box office, Holt says. When work begins on the auditorium, he says, replacing the seats will most likely be first on the agenda, but that's not likely to be this fall.

The series' weekly schedule will be back in place Friday nights at 8. The wine bar will return, but in the new building. "It's just a short kind of stroll across the plaza to get over to the auditorium from there," says Holt.

As for the movies, film curator Laura Boyes is considering titles, especially some to coincide with the "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell" exhibit that starts in November.

"George wanted me to think over the whole Norman Rockwell theme," says Boyes. "And, in fact, most of the Norman Rockwell-esque movies that I came up with were kind of, like, the dark side of Norman Rockwell."

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