If you’re not interested in seeing the latest installment of the “Harry Potter” series, or you just want something to take your mind off the fact the series is coming to an end, you should see one or all 12 of the movies playing at the Pensacola Film Festival Fall Screen Series.
The Pensacola Film Festival will be held Friday, Nov. 19 until Sunday, Nov. 21. Show times will be 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. Tickets for the 1 p.m. matinee time are $6. The best deal is the weekend pass; for $25 you can see all 12 movies.
Cinema 4 is the only movie theater in this area that exclusively plays independent films. “I book the movies on a regular basis,” said Jim Norton, owner of Cinema 4. “I look for quality movies, which usually end up being small, independent films.”
Norton understands that many moviegoers will choose the blockbuster showing at the nearby Rave, which is why he doesn’t try to compete with them.
“We accept the fact that teenagers and young adults will go to big, fancy multiplexes,” Norton said. “The big guys will play ‘Harry Potter’ on several screens, which doesn’t leave room for the limited release movies. We try to be more exclusive and show the limited releases. We don’t compete directly with the big guys.”
The movies playing at the Pensacola Film Festival include dramas such as “I Am Love” starring Tilda Swinton, and “The Burning Plain” starring Charlize Theron. There are documentaries, a thriller and even a western. There’s also something for the kids. You can send the kids to see “The Bugs Bunny Movie” or “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” while you take in a movie of your choice.
Cinema 4 doesn’t have flashy signs and big budget movies on the screen, but the theater doesn’t need either of those things to be successful. The Pensacola Film Festival brings people in from as far as Destin and Orange Beach, which shows that the movies alone will speak for Cinema 4.
“We hope to get comments and requests for more movies,” Norton said. “We want to give people the opportunity to see and hear different things. Anybody can come to the festival, we’re always happy to see you.”
PENSACOLA FILM FESTIVAL FALL SCREEN SERIES
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 19-21
WHERE: Gulf Breeze Cinema 4, 1175 Gulf Breeze Parkway (on Highway 98 in the Village Live Oak Shopping Center)
COST: $8 for adults, $6 for children and seniors, and $6 for 1 p.m. matinee showings
DETAILS: gulfbreezecinema4.com, or 916-9402