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If You Love Movies Then You Are Going to Love Muskegon!

 

The dictionary describes a cinephile as a devoted moviegoer, especially one knowledgeable about the cinema. If you fill this bill, then Muskegon is the place for you!

 

You can find 17 movie screens divided between the Cinema Carousel Theater (12) Harbor Cinema (2) and NorthStar Cinemas (3). Come summer, add 4 more with the Getty Drive In!

Outside the movie houses, there is a wealth of viewing opportunities for filmophiles.  Just during the (short!) month of February, we count 14 special screening events.

Here is the colorful cast of characters:

(Click on titles for IMDB information)

The Wiz

February 5 | 4:30pm | Muskegon Heights Branch Library | Admission Free

Ease on down the road that leads to The Wiz! The entire family will love this 1978 American musical adventure fantasy film starring Diana Ross a movie…and popcorn!

Imitation of Life

February 5 | 5pm | Muskegon Community College: Stevenson Center Room 1300 | Free

The first film of Muskegon Community College’s first-ever Black History Month Film Festival. Admission is FREE and so is the popcorn!

This mid-century classic melodrama directed by Douglas Sirk starrs Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee, John Gavin and Mahalia Jackson. It tells the dramatic story of an aspiring actress who befriends a black widow; but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.

BlacKkKlansman

February 12 | 5pm | Muskegon Community College: Stevenson Center Room 1300 | Free

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Part 2 of  Muskegon Community College’s Black History Month Film Festival. Admission is FREE and so is the popcorn!

Director: Spike Lee

Stars: John David WashingtonAdam DriverLaura Harrier

“Craft in America: Service”

February 13 | 12pm | Muskegon Museum of Art | Admission Free

“Service” documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal. Featured artists include Ehren Tool, Peter Voulkos, Judas Recendez, women veterans working at Shotwell Paper Mill, and Caisson Platoon leather artists working at Arlington National Cemetery.

Auditorium doors open at noon. Free coffee and cookies. Brown Bag Film admission is free. Paid admission is required to enter galleries.

The Addams Family

February 14 | 1pm | North Muskegon Branch Library | Admission Free

Beat Mid-Break Break boredom by bringing the “little monsters” for a screening of the 2019 animated release of “The Addams Family” on the 100-inch screen at the North Muskegon Branch Library. Snacks are even provided.

The Princess and the Frog

February 14 | 2pm | Montague Branch Library | Admission Free

“Hop” on over to the Montague Brand Library for the Walt Disney film “The Princess and the Frog”.  After the show, there will be crafts and games exploring the rich New Orleans culture. Snacks and beverages provided.

Toy Story 4

February 16 | 3pm | Frauenthal Center | Admission Free

Come to the Frauenthal for a free family movie every month in 2020!

Showcasing modern box office hits, this is a great opportunity for families in the community to experience the Frauenthal Center together or for those who are simply looking for a free and fun afternoon. These events are FREE admission, no tickets required. All movies will begin at 3:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 2:15 p.m. Click here for a full listing of the all twelve films.

The Princess and the Frog

February 17 | 2pm | Holton Branch Library | Admission Free

“The Princess and the Frog” hops over to the Holton Brand Library for more post-movie crafts, games, snacks and beverages.

Fences

February 19 | 5pm | Muskegon Community College: Stevenson Center Room 1300 | Free

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. Viola Davis won the Academy award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role”.

The third film in Muskegon Community College’s Black History Month Film Festival. Admission is FREE and so is the popcorn!

Director: Denzel Washington

Stars: Denzel WashingtonViola DavisStephen McKinley Henderson

Movies + Music: Waking Life

February 19 | Doors 6:30 Film 7pm | The Block | Admission $8

Join The Block for a casual evening as they explore the creative marriage of movies and music through a series of three acclaimed films. A lush soundtrack of Nuevo Tango music weaves through this visually stunning animated film. Philosophical and at times pushing into the absurd, a man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.

Discussion to follow with David J Ruck, President/Producer of Great Lakes Outreach Media. Note: Film contains adult themes and are intended for mature audiences.

Harriet

February 26 | 4:30pm | Muskegon Heights Branch Library | Admission Free

See the newly released incredible true story of Harriet Tubman, and her quest to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Director:  Kasi Lemmons

Stars: Cynthia ErivoLeslie Odom Jr.Joe Alwyn

The Hate U Give

February 26 | 5pm | Muskegon Community College: Stevenson Center Room 1300 | Free

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

The last of four films presented in Muskegon Community College’s Black History Month Film Festival. Admission is FREE and so is the popcorn!

Director: George Tillman Jr.

Stars: Amandla StenbergRegina HallRussell Hornsby

Craft in America: Nature

February 27 | 12pm | Muskegon Museum of Art | Admission Free

In “Nature,” artists celebrate the beauty and future of the American landscape; featured artists include Patrick Dougherty, Mary Merkel-Hess, Michelle Holzapfel, Catherine Alice Michaelis, and Preston Singletary.

Auditorium doors open at noon. Free coffee and cookies. Brown Bag Film admission is free. Paid admission is required to enter galleries.

Jon Covington and the Men from the Documentary Black Man

February 29 | 2pm | Hackley Public Library | Admission Free

Muskegon native Jon Covington’s documentary Black Man comes to life in a live version at Hackley Public Library! Unfolding past and present-day stories of African American men, this compelling event will showcase influential and universal stories from all walks of life. Don’t miss this riveting event!

Mark you March Movie calendar for more movie fun!

March 7 “Bohemian Rhapsody” Sing-a-Long at The Playhouse of Whitelake

March 15  “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” The Frauenthal Center presents a “Free Family Movie Series”

March 18 Pink Floyd: The Wall “Movies + Music at The Block!”

 

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“Everything I learned I learned from the movies.”
Audrey Hepburn