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Why I Like Ashland: Reason 204

Thursday 16 July 2009

The Ashland Varsity was a classic small-town movie house back in the day. It’s since been sliced and diced into a mini-multiplex, with two screens downstairs, one up where the balcony used to be, and two more in the back (old storage? Former backstage?)

But its big draw is the small-run art films that it shows. Case in point: Moon, the new hard sci-fi drama from the son of David Bowie, is showing here. Last winter it was Synecdoche, New York and Seven Pounds (I need liquor now!), both bigger releases but still not Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Plus, for five days every April, it’s the main venue for the Ashland Independent Film Festival. This year there were over 80 films shown in the Varsity’s five theaters plus the Armory, plus parties, sessions with the film makers, and a generally excellent time.

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