Kansas International Film Festival celebrates its 15th year this weekend

On November 3, 2015 by Johnny Szlauderbach

The Kansas International Film Festival celebrates its 15th annual program this Friday at the Glenwood Arts Theatre in Overland Park. The week-long competition features over 80 features, documentaries, shorts, and animated films from around the world. The Jury Awards for Best Social Justice Documentary and Best Feature Narrative Film will be presented at […]


This Weekend, Cheap Thrills at KC Theaters

On October 24, 2015 by Johnny Szlauderbach

As Halloween approaches, two Kansas City theaters will give horror fans’ wallets a break this weekend with multiple revival marathons. Pairing two of the movies’ best science-fiction-horror hybrids, the Screenland Tapcade has planned a double bill of 1979’s essential Alien and John Carpenter’s 1982 remake of The Thing. Although the former spawned several […]

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Halloween Roundup

On October 9, 2015 by Johnny Szlauderbach

Urban legend has it that one of the first examples of a movie famously—and apocryphally—provoked mass panic when its audience thought the train would storm through the screen and barrel into the theater. Sitting in the dark, comforted and disturbed by the difference and similarity between watching and participating, there’s something inherently frightening […]


The Gem on the Vine

On June 17, 2014 by CinemaKC

  During jazz’s Golden Age, legends like Count Basie, Charlie Parker and Bennie Moten helped make Kansas City’s 18th and Vine district a mecca for successful and innovative musicians. In the heart of this historic area, at 1615 East 18th Street, stands the Gem Theatre. Originally named the Star Theatre, it was built […]