By Hannah Many Guns
CALGARY — We’re living in an age where all the entertainment that we demand is on-demand, leaving us gravitating towards the go-to phrase: “Oh, let’s just stay at home tonight.” It is quite the spectacle of melancholy. But how do we change it? Well, Calgary’s Plaza Theatre in Kensington has been putting forward their best effort in making their spectators’ experience a unique one.
Aside from providing movie-goers with the classic vintage style of going to the cinema, their avant-garde screenings, and their ridiculously delicious popcorn spices, The Plaza has taken the initiative to bring more than just popular culture to the big screen.
Starting with Calgary’s pop-up movie night Velvet Cinema (brought to The Plaza by David Cutting and Garrett McCoy) cult classics such as Mean Girls, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Birdcage, and Pretty in Pink are brought to the big screen. Why? According to their site, “Our goal is to help build and reinforce the LGBTQ community in Calgary…We hope that Velvet Cinema creates a space for people to gather, build relationships, express themselves, and let go.” Sound like an entertainment outlet for you? Screening information is on their site, www.velvetcinema.com.
Enjoy the art of cinema? Calgary Cinematheque is a film club that urges to bring people together to experience significant cinema in order to cultivate filmic appreciation. Defining themselves as a “critical cinema culture thriving in Calgary,” this pop-up movie group provides movie-goers with flashbacks of salon cinema and contemporary rarities. Whichever the film, Calgary Cinematheque urges movie-goers to soak up the artistic enrichment one receives from watching a film. For more information on screening times, visit www.calgarycinema.org.
Finally, contributing to Calgary’s ever-expanding arts scene, Late Night at the Plaza is put on by the employees (along with a handful of volunteers) weekly at the Plaza. What goes on during these nights?
“It’s a late-night talk-show to promote Calgary arts. Every Wednesday night at 10 o’clock we have a different live band, a special guest – be it a comic book writer, a dancer, a comedian – and then we make an original movie that we shoot inside of the theatre,” informs veteran volunteer and employee Karlee McTavish.
“It’s a team of 30 volunteers, and it’s admission by donations. So we have fun, sell beer, tell jokes up onstage.”
Sound like something you’re interested in attending, or hey, even becoming a part of? Pop in on a Wednesday night, the Plaza would love to have you.
So instead of staying at home to lay waste scrolling idly through your Netflix queue, why not take yourself, or that special cutie, out to a movie? It’ll be fun – pinky promise.AB, Alberta, Calgary Cinematheque, Late Night at the Plaza, LGBT, Plaza Theatre, Velvet Cinema