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“Art films in the northeast kingdom”

Catamount Film & Arts
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Owner description: The new Community Arts Center features two movie theaters, allowing Catamount Arts to present a regular schedule of acclaimed foreign-language and independent films; two state-of-the-art classrooms, which are used for art, computer and music education; an 80-seat performance space dedicated to regular performances by local artists; and a gallery showcasing local and area artists’ work.
Randolph, NH
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Art films in the northeast kingdom”
Reviewed 21 March 2013

Only place within a hundred miles to see art films. Also special exhibitions, talks, etc. Good choice of films.

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Newark, VT
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36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“something for everyone from classes, to movies, art, music”
Reviewed 11 March 2013

Great movies, at least two featured each day, with special ones several days a week , usually the current indie, art, and foreign films we prefer. Also a huge selection of DVDs to borrow, not just those on display, but binders well organized to peruse of the covers from the DVDs available. Always great local art on display with rotating shows in the gallery. This is now a location for the Metropolitan Opera simulcasts which are fabulous and make great performances so accessible now. There are various classes ongoing for spanish, music, and dance. Special live entertainment is offered downstairs at scheduled times with comedy or folk music for example. Lectures are offered regularly. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Great place to drop in, get a coffee or tea, and explore. Popcorn, candy and soft drinks available.

Visited March 2013
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Groton
1 review
“Gem tucked away in the wilds of the Northeast Kingdom”
Reviewed 26 February 2013

What a treat to walk into a gallery, and enjoy an exhibit of local art. There are movies as well, and performances scheduled, but my visit was to see the art. Next door is a restaurant, Dylan's, with an extension of the gallery. Art hangs on the walls of the restaurant; good food and a view of local culture.

Visited September 2012
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St. Johnsbury, VT
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Lovely local asset”
Reviewed 21 February 2013

Catamount FIlm and Arts is in a historic Masonic Temple, next door to another historic building that it used to inhabit. This larger space provides a larger space for a gallery, which exhibits local art and changes frequently; and allows for two theatres. There is generally one film that is a little off the beaten track, with strong reviews by critics, and another film that is more mainstream. The movies are carefully selected, and generally only stay in town for one week. Catamount also has a library of movies to rent, with a broader selection independent and art house films that Red Boxes, etc.

Walking in to view the gallery or browse over the movie rentals is free, and would take most people less than an hour. Movies have an admission charge. Events vary. The length of your visit would vary if you are attending an event, of course. They sell popcorn and soda but I don't recall any other "food". The historic building next door, that used to house them, is now "Dylan's Cafe", which serves healthy food at lunch. There are stairs - I expect there is an elevator, given federal law and their mission, but I haven't looked for it. There are actually quite a few stairs even to get to the main entrance, so you'd want to call for find out about the handicapped entrance if stairs are a problem for you.

Catamount also sponsors a variety of live events, as well as educational offerings. These vary, but have included tango lessons, Spanish lessons, videography camps, etc. They vary in their offerings for youth, but often host a Friday open mic for teens, as well as an opportunity for teen filmmakers to show their work in a festival.

Right now they are hosting a year-long series called "Courageous Conversations" with a free panel discussion or other means of sharing the topic one evening per month (second Thursdays), and a free movie each week (Mondays) on the topic of the month. Poverty, racism, health care, mental health, violence, food chain, environment, etc.

Their mission is to serve the local community, and they do a great job of that. They have youth on their board, as well as local artists and entrepreneurs. They don't aim to serve tourists, so it is hit or miss, when you happen to be travelling through, whether they will have something to interest you. But if you enjoy rural life and the arts, and are thinking of relocating or buying a second home, you would do well to check out this scene. You may fall in love.

I live here, and have enjoyed MANY events and activities through Catamount Arts: solo, as a family and especially as a couple.

Visited February 2013
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Lower Waterford, Vermont, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Films! Live Music! Art! Talks!”
Reviewed 1 February 2013

And more in a noteworthy historic building that is the cultural hub of St. Johnsbury. Helpful staff, too.

Visited January 2013
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