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Celebrate art house theaters this weekend

In “Time Bandits,” Robin Hood (John Cleese) leads a band of time-traveling dwarfs seeking treasure. The film was remastered for release this Saturday.
In “Time Bandits,” Robin Hood (John Cleese) leads a band of time-traveling dwarfs seeking treasure. The film was remastered for release this Saturday. File photo

Saturday is Art House Theater Day, when independent cinemas around the world — and KC — celebrate what they do best.

The Tivoli Cinemas in Westport will show “St. Peter’s and the Papal Basilica of Rome” at 11 a.m., part of the theater’s Art and Architecture on Screen series; a restored version of Jean Cocteau’s 1946 French classic “Beauty and the Beast (La Belle at la Bete)” at 1:30 p.m.; and a remastered version of Terry Gilliam’s comic fantasy “Time Bandits” at 4:45 p.m. The theater will also hold drawings for movie passes and memorabilia throughout the day. See

Screenland Crossroads is celebrating with the cult classic “Donnie Darko” at 7:30 p.m. See

Meanwhile, the Glenwood Arts in Overland Park will have a different sort of celebration with the 19th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival at 5:15 pm. Sunday. Audiences around the world will vote on their favorite 10 films hailing from eight countries. See

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Here’s a complete list of free films and special screenings:

Free Films

“The Grand Illusion”

Two French officers try to escape captors during WWI. 6 p.m. Sept. 23, National World War I Museum.

“Galaxy Quest”

Cast of sci-fi TV show drawn into real space adventure. 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24, KC Central Library.


Soldiers battle Japanese in Philippines. 2 p.m. Sept. 25, North Independence Library.

“The Jungle Book”

Mowgli gets help from panther and bear. 6 p.m. Sept. 26, KCK Main Library.

“Live Die Repeat”

Time-traveling flick. 6 p.m. Sept. 28, KCK Main Library.

Special Screenings


“Pink” at Studio 28. “Jyo Achyutananda” at Overland Park.

“Hillsong: Let Hope Rise”

Documentary about Australian Christian band that plays stadiums around the world. Multiple theaters.

“No Manches Frida”

Ex-con becomes substitute teacher to hunt for money buried under a school. At Merriam.


“Beauty and the Beast,” 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24; “Time Bandits,” 4:45 p.m. Sept. 24; “Sudden Fear,” 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

Alamo Drafthouse

“Phantasm,” 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24; “Magic Mike XXL,” 6 p.m. Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Sept. 26; “Training Day,” 7 p.m. Sept. 27; “Sakura Killers,” 10 p.m. Sept. 27; “Black Swan,” 7 p.m. Sept. 28.

Manhattan Short

Audiences vote for competition winners. 5:15 p.m. Sept. 25, Glenwood Arts.

Screenland Crossroads

“Donnie Darko,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24; “The NeverEnding Story,” noon Sept. 25.

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail”

Arguably the best movie insult ever: “I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries!” 9:30 p.m. Sept. 23-24, Town Center.

“Michael Bublé — Tour Stop 148”

On the road and behind the scenes with singer. 7 p.m. Sept. 27, multiple theaters.

“Vanished — Left Behind: Next Generation”

Inspired by the book series about the chaos after most of the world’s population disappears. 7 p.m. Sept. 28, multiple theaters.

“The Hurt Business”

Documentary about martial arts superstars, including Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones. 7 p.m Sept. 29, multiple theaters.

Universal Film Festival

Kickoff party, 5-9 p.m. Sept. 29; film screenings, 11:30 a.m.-7:15 p.m. Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Cinemark Palace.

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