A new movie theater is in town, showing movies from all eras that most people probably haven’t heard of, especially in the area of experimental, avant-garde and local repertoire films.
Owner Justin Rhody describes it as a microcinema and calls his “project” No Name Cinema, located in a warehouse at 2013 Pinon St., in the corner where Cerrillos Road and St. Michael’s Drive meet.
“The type of programming I’m trying to do is lesser-known works from the past and present in the underground structure, movies outside of the traditional Hollywood structure,” said Rhody, whose daytime job is projectionist. at CCA Cinema.
It has made three screenings since October while still equipping No Name Cinema to be more of a cinema than a warehouse. The first event as a full-fledged microcinema is at 7 p.m. Saturday with a 2K digital restoration of Betty Gordon’s cult classic from 1983 Variety, originally filmed in 16mm.
All No Name Cinema events on random Saturday nights have multiple offers. Variety is associated with an episode directed by Gordon of the 1990 TV show Monsters and also an 8mm film from the 1950s Sirens Weeki Wachee.
No Name Cinema has refurbished 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm projectors from the 1970s, as well as a 4K UHD digital projector, a 135-inch professional screen, and a stereo surround sound system consisting of three speakers housing 15-inch speakers, Rhody said. .
Free entry; donations are accepted. The number of occupants is 40 and Rhody said his first screening in October was for standing only.
“It was just flyers, word of mouth and Instagram,” he said. “I didn’t know these people.
No Name Cinema also hosts a chess and jazz night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday, setting up 10 chess boards.
“My partner Abby Smith and I wanted this to exist,” Rhody said. “We were playing chess during the pandemic and we love jazz. “