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THE LOFT: A BRIEF HISTORY

Photo – Director Albert Maysles attended our first ever Essential Cinema screening of his classic documentary Grey Gardens.

1972 – The Loft opens as an art house at Fremont & 6th in what used to be a porn theater, and a Mormon temple before that.

1977 The Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings begin on Saturdays at Midnight.

1991 – The Loft moves to its current location on Speedway under the ownership of Joe Esposito.

NOVEMBER 15, 2002 – The Loft is purchased by The Tucson Cinema Foundation (later re-named Loft Cinema, Inc.), and turned into a non-profit organization, led by current Executive Director Peggy Johnson.

SEPTEMBER 2003 – The Loft is voted Best Movie Theater by readers of the Tucson Weekly and has been every year since.

MAY 2004 – Phillip Seymour Hoffman visits The Loft for a 3-day, 5-film tribute.

MAY 2005 – First Friday Shorts and Cult Classics are launched.

DECEMBER 2005 – The Loft closes the year in the black for the first time—as it has every year since.

JANUARY 2006 – Academy Award winners Larry McMurtry and Diana Osanna attend two screenings of Brokeback Mountain, still the highest grossing film in The Loft’s history.

JULY 2007 – The Loft launches the Tucson International Children’s Film Festival, now called Loft Kids Fest.

JANUARY 2008 – The Loft is one of 17 cinemas in the country invited by the Sundance Institute to join its Art House Project.

MAY 2010 – The Loft’s Board of Directors votes to launch a $2.5 million capital campaign (later branded Building for the Future).

NOVEMBER 2010 – The Loft Film Fest is launched

MARCH – NOVEMBER 2012 – The Loft purchases and repurposes an adjacent auto shop, which becomes Screen 3! The vacant land north of The Loft is paved, adding 82 new spaces. State of the art digital technology is installed in Screens 1 and 3.

2013 – The Loft successfully matches a $250,000 challenge from the Margaret E. Mooney Foundation. Screen 2 is converted to digital technology with money raised through on-line crowd-funding.