If you think watching movies is all about shutting yourself away from the world, the Saturday Morning Cinema lineup from Lincoln City’s Bijou Theatre will make you think again.
The bargain-priced screenings offer cinema-lovers the chance to watch classics, thought-provoking movies and madcap kids’ favorites, all while raising funds for local worthy causes.
The fun begins this Saturday, Nov. 24, with a screening of 1921 Charlie Chaplin classic “The Kid,” with live organ accompaniment by Mac Pimentel of Pacific City. Pimentel is familiar to many moviegoing regulars for playing the organ at the Bijou prior to the matinée show each Monday. Admission to the screening is by donation of $5, with proceeds benefitting the Organ Fund.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Bijou will screen “The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith,” a thought-provoking re-enactment of the origins of a faith that has more than six million followers. As well as dramatic re-enactment, the movie includes renowned historians, religious scholars and Baha’i Faith experts. Admission is by suggested donation of $10, with proceeds benefitting the Lincoln City Warming Shelter.
Saturday, Dec. 8, will see a dynamic kids’ favorite presented in a less overwhelming format for “Sensory Friendly Saturday.” The 1996 classic “Space Jam” will be screened with the lights up and the volume low. Audience members with sensory disabilities will be invited to stand, dance or sing. The screening, sponsored by Autistic Society of Oregon and F.A.C.T., is free and open to all.
Kids’ classics will continue on Saturday, Dec. 15, with a screening of “Elf,” the 2003 Christmas tale starring Will Ferrell. Admission is by $5 donation, with proceeds benefitting the Summers family as they deal with cancer treatment.
And, just as people begin to turn their attention to defrosting the turkey, the Bijou will present a screening of the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Saturday, Dec. 22. Sponsored by Chinook Winds Casino Resort, the screening offers free admission, with opportunities to donate and great raffle prizes up for grabs. Proceeds will benefit the Lincoln City Warming Shelter
All screenings start at 11 am at 1624 NE Hwy. 101.