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Closing Tuesday, but Popcorn and Soda available Friday/Saturday...
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Dear City Lights Fans,

You’ve heard the news: all entertainment venues in the State of Oregon are to ‘pause’ starting Wednesday, November 18. We respect the governor’s efforts to stem the tide of infections and are doing our part to keep everyone healthy. We look forward to reopening City Lights Cinemas as soon as it is safe to do so.

We would like to underscore an important and unheralded point: there have been no cases, anywhere in the world, of an infection that has been traced back to a theatre. Not one. And, we are proud to say, City Lights went above and beyond all state mandated safety protocols, including making a radical transformation to our seating layout by installing tables in every other row.

For the next several weeks, we will be re-energizing our Virtual Cinema options: we encourage everyone to check those films out at home—every ticket you purchase helps us out. This Friday we’ll be featuring several excellent new titles, including the NY Dog & Cat Film Festivals and a documentary, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life. We’ll be back later this week with more information about virtual cinema and other ways you can support City Lights during these challenging times.

We'll also be at the theatre Friday and Saturday from 4-7pm for take-out popcorn and soda. Simply drive up to the front of the theatre and order popcorn -- large only, $5, with fresh real butter, and optional salt, nutritional yeast and parmesan -- and soda, large only $5. This is a great opportunity to get something tasty and help City Lights at the same time. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you again soon(ish).

Michael & Susan

PLAYING UNTIL TUESDAY
FREAKY: R, 101m 
After swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer, a young girl in high school discovers she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent.

"Freaky doesn't skimp on the meat and potatoes of any good body-swap movie: having a ton of fun watching two different people awkwardly slip into their new corporeal figures (and lives)." IndieWire
AMMONITE: R, 120m 
"One of Lee’s brilliant choices is to refuse to put a soppy romantic gloss on the affair. He suggests instead that passion can blind lovers to a true understanding of each other as easily as it can open their eyes." BBC
HILLBILLY ELEGY: R, 116m 
Based on the bestselling memoir by J.D. Vance, HILLBILLY ELEGY is a modern exploration of the American Dream and three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown.
LET HIM GO: R, 114m 
Following the loss of their son, a retired sheriff and his wife leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas.

"A 1960s-set Western laden with big skies, steady gazes, and slow-roasted narrative corn, Let Him Go gets by on the strength of its female leads, Diane Lane and Lesley Manville. Kevin Costner’s effective, too, and he’s right in his taciturn sweet spot, muttering about this and that." Chicago Tribune
COMING SOON VIRTUAL
NY DOG FILM FESTIVAL: NR, 100m 
The Dog Film Festival program is an hour and a half of short films from around the world that are a medley of animation, documentaries and narrative films with actors and scripts. These films celebrate all the ways we love our dogs that will delight and inspire you. 
NY CAT FILM FESTIVAL: NR, 88m 
The Cat Film Festival™ is an exploration through film of the fascinating felines who share our lives, creating a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains.  Cats have their own unique and indescribable bond with people – even when living independently as community cats. For far too long, felines have been the “invisible” part of the human-animal bond and it’s time to shine the spotlight on these magnificent creatures and the humans devoted to them. A portion of every ticket at every destination goes to a local animal welfare non-profit, bringing community awareness and support for the needs of local kitties. 
OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE: NR, 111m 
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks, known for his literary works Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, was a fearless explorer of unknown cognitive worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity.
VIRTUAL CINEMA
MARTIN EDEN: NR, 129m 
Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history, Martin Eden is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics. Martin (played by the marvelously committed Luca Marinelli) is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy). The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman. Winner of the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.
HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING: NR, 94m 
"Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something is an uplifting tribute to an impressive human being." Los Angeles Times
HERB ALPERT IS...: NR, 111m 
Herb Alpert, legendary musician, artist, and philanthropist has sold more than 72 million albums - 29 of them gold or platinum - outsold The Beatles in 1966 and co-founded A&M Records, the most successful independent record company in history. Herb Alpert Is…, directed by John Scheinfeld, looks at Herb’s extraordinary life with rare footage and interviews with colleagues like Sting and Questlove.
NATIVE SON: NR, 93m 
One of the most controversial novels of its day, Richard Wright's NATIVE SON (first published in 1940) exposed the injustices of urban African American life, witnessed through the eyes of Bigger Thomas, whose violent tendencies and moral confusion were the inevitable result of generations of institutionalized racism. In prison for murder and sentenced to death, Thomas reflects on the circumstances that led to his fate. 
OUT STEALING HORSES: NR, 123m 
A widower moves to the country where a chance encounter rekindles memories from his past.
BUOYANCY: NR, 93m 
Spirited 14-year-old Chakra works the rice fields with his family. He yearns for independence and seeks out a local broker who can get him paid work in a Thai factory. Without telling his family, Chakra travels to Bangkok to make his fortune. But when he gets there, he and his new friend Kea realize the broker has lied to them. Along with other Cambodians and Burmese, they are sold to a fishing captain as slaves.
DESERT ONE: NR, 107m 
Using new archival sources and unprecedented access, master documentarian Barbara Kopple reveals the story behind one of the most daring rescues in modern US history: a secret mission to free hostages of the 1979 Iranian revolution.
GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND: NR, 91m 
The iconic Canadian musician, Gordon Lightfoot, reflects on his life and career.
THE GREY FOX: PG, 110m 
New 4K restoration! After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) emerges in 1901 a free man without a place in 20th-century society… until he sees The Great Train Robbery and is inspired to once again do what he does best.
NOTHING FANCY: DIANA KENNEDY: NR, 82m 
Cookbook author and environmental activist Diana Kennedy reflects on an unconventional life spent mastering Mexican cuisine.
CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: NR, 103m 
"If there's a depressing note to Piketty's circular view of history, it's his belief that egalitarianism often springs from catastrophic disaster ("everyone is equal in death" becomes a refrain), and that it's the slow grind of extreme wealth and extreme poverty that breeds those disasters." The Austin Chronicle
THE BOOKSELLERS: NR, 99m 
Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. The Booksellers takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers.
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