Films
Essential Cinema

Free Admission!

Smithereens

Filmmaker Susan Seidelman established her distinctive vision of New York City with this crackling debut feature, the lo-fi original for her vibrant portraits of women reinventing themselves.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Mandy

Somewhere in the primal wilderness near the Shadow Mountains in the year 1983, Red Miller  (Nicholas Cage, in a full-throttle, adrenaline-inducing performance) has fallen deeply for the beguiling Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough, Oblivion).

NOW SHOWING

Bisbee ’17

An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.

NOW SHOWING

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl

From the visionary mind of director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game) comes The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, a wildly inventive and visually dazzling animated comedy about one epic night in Kyoto.

NOW SHOWING

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

This is the story of Scotty Bowers, an ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after WWII and became confidante, aide de camp & lover to many of Hollywood’s greatest stars.

NOW SHOWING

CLOSED CAPTIONS & AUDIO DESCRIPTION

Puzzle

In this charming romantic drama, a whole new world opens up for suburban housewife Agnes when she discovers an unexpected talent for solving jigsaw puzzles, unlocking passions she had never before imagined.

now showing

Closed Captions & Audio Description

Eighth Grade

The everyday humiliations and triumphs of a modern-day thirteen-year-old making her way through the last week of her thus far disastrous eighth grade.

NOW SHOWING
The Films of Edgar Wright

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Based on the comic book of the same name, Edgar Wright’s genre-smashing teen comedy/musical/action/video game flick tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s epic quest to power up with love.

Wed., Sept. 19
Community Rentals

Presented by The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Celluloid Desert: Tucson in Cinema History

This course will look at some of the many iterations of film in Tucson, including silent films; westerns, melodramas, and more.

Thursday, Sept. 20
Loft Solar Cinema

Free Outdoor Screening!

3:10 TO YUMA (1957)

See the classic 1957 western, 3:10 to Yuma, screened outdoors at the historic Empire Ranch in Sonoita, AZ, where much of the film was shot (in addition to other Arizona locations)!

Thursday, Sept. 20
Special Events

The Broadway Musical

An American in Paris

This Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the 1951 film starring Gene Kelly & Leslie Caron, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the City of Light.

Thursday, Sept. 20
Cult Classics

John Carpenter’s The Thing

Horror legend John Carpenter took the 1951 sci-fi classic The Thing From Another World and turned it into something darker, fiercer and altogether more disturbing.

Friday, Sept. 21 & Saturday, Sept. 22
Loft Solar Cinema

Free Outdoor Screening in Bisbee, AZ!

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock & roll singers of all time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1970 at age 27.

Friday, Sept. 21

Closed Captions

Love, Gilda

Love, Gilda opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

STARTS SEPT. 21

Closed Captions & Audio Description

MCQUEEN

Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends and family, recovered archives, exquisite visuals and music, McQueen creates an authentic celebration and thrilling portrait of an inspired yet tortured artistic visionary.

STARTS SEPT. 21

Madeline’s Madeline

Madeline is a teenage girl who joins an experimental improv theater group, where she soon begins to shine. However, things get carried away, and the lines between performance and reality begin to blur.

Starts Sept. 21
Loft Solar Cinema

Free Outdoor Screening in Douglas, AZ!

Back to the Future

Gotta get back in time! The ingenious time travel comedy Back to the Future is a pitch-perfect combination of sharp satire, warm sentiment and sci-fi excitement.

Saturday, Sept. 22
Special Events

Lost

Celebrate the work of filmmaker and composer Jessica Grace Wing at a special 10th anniversary screening of her acclaimed stage musical/pop opera, captured live by Arizona Onstage Productions!

Saturday, Sept. 22
Community Rentals

Kinky Boots

The Loft Cinema along with local non-profit organization, The Colby Olsen Foundation invites you to join them for an evening of enchantment, as they partner to screen the film version of Kinky Boots (2005).

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22
Arthouse Theatre Day 2018

Serenity in the Desert 2018

Enjoy a special screening of Joss Whedon’s film Serenity preceded by Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog with all proceeds benefiting The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona!

Sunday, Sept. 23
Arthouse Theatre Day 2018

Brand-new digital restoration!

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

Agnès Varda’s unsung feminist anthem is both a buoyant chronicle of a transformative friendship and an empowering vision of universal sisterhood.

Sunday, Sept. 23
Arthouse Theatre Day 2018

Advance Screening!

The Guilty

When police officer Asger Holm is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as a dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a phone call from a kidnapped woman who abruptly disconnects.

Sunday, Sept. 23
Mondo Mondays

Hide and Go Shriek

A group of dazed and confused teens spend the night “getting it on” in a local department store after hours, but little do they know their night of retail raunch is about to be put out of business by a blood-thirsty maniac!

Monday, Sept. 24
Community Rentals

Paper Tigers

Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25
Special Events

Joan Jett: Bad Reputation

Don’t miss this rocking one-night-only event, featuring the new documentary, Bad Reputation, and an exclusive, brand-new solo performance by Joan Jett that can only be seen in theatres!

Wed., Sept. 26
The Films of Edgar Wright

35mm Print!

Baby Driver

In this utterly original musical disguised as a stylish, action-packed crime drama, a talented young getaway driver called Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game.

Wed., Sept. 26
Special Events

The Manhattan Short Film Festival 2018

Don’t miss the 21st annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, featuring 10 great new shorts from around the world – and YOU help select the winner!

Thursday, Sept. 27
Loft Member Screenings

Free for Members!

We The Animals

We the Animals is a touching, lyrical and intimate portrait of blue-collar family life, and of three boys who tear through their childhood in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love.

Friday, Sept. 28
Cult Classics

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson’s offbeat Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds, Sam and Suzy, who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness.

Friday, Sept. 28 & Saturday, Sept. 29

The Ranger

Horror producer Jenn Wexler makes her directorial debut with this bloody, manic, punk-rock take on the ‘80s slasher flick that may just scare you out of the woods for good!

Starts Sept. 28

We The Animals

We the Animals is a touching, lyrical and intimate portrait of blue-collar family life, and of three boys who tear through their childhood in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love.

STARTS SEPT. 28

The Children Act

Smart, elegant, and deeply moving, The Children Act stars Emma Thompson in a riveting performance as Fiona Maye, a British High Court judge who, in the midst of a marital crisis, must rule on a life-changing legal case concerning the survival of a teenage boy.

Starts Sept. 28
The All-Nite Scream-O-Rama!

The All-Nite Scream-O-Rama: Stephen King Edition

Get ready to spend the night with the Maestro of Mayhem, Stephen King, as The Loft Cinema unleashes twelve straight hours of King-sized horror movie madness!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29
Special Events

Burt Reynolds Tribute!

Smokey and the Bandit

We’re Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin’ as we pay tribute to movie legend and cultural icon Burt Reynolds with a special big screen presentation of his classic 1977 action/comedy, Smokey and the Bandit!

Sunday, Sept. 30
Community Rentals

Presented by Indivisible Arizona and Tucson Jews for Justice

Why a Free Press is Essential to Democracy

Is the First Amendment Freedom of the Press under attack? Or is the media simply engaged in ‘fake news’ that’s finally being called out for the bias it represents?

Monday, Oct. 1
Community Rentals

Archaeology Café – Making Connections

Welcome to Archaeology Café, where experts share their latest research on Tucson’s deep and diverse history in a jargon-free zone.

Tuesday, October 2
Community Rentals

Presented by Sven Silberschlag and the SAS Wealth Management Group.

Mountainfilm on Tour

A documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter.

Wed., Oct. 3
Women of Horror!

American Psycho

Writer/director Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol) offers up a bloody, brutal and razor sharp dissection of the dark side of The American Dream, shot through with wickedly black humor that provokes laughs as well as gasps.

Thursday, Oct. 4
Cult Classics

Stand By Me

One of the most classic and quotable coming-of-age films ever made, Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s short story The Body is at once hilarious and heartbreaking.

Friday, Oct. 5 & Saturday, Oct. 6
First Friday Shorts

First Friday Shorts

Bring us your short films and we’ll play them on the largest movie screen in Southern Arizona! $200 monthly cash prize with a $1,000 annual prize.

Friday, Oct. 5

I Am Not a Witch

A darkly comic fable set in contemporary Zambia, Rungano Nyoni’s acclaimed debut feature is a bold satire of the often contradictory nature of traditional beliefs and modern culture.

Starts Oct. 5

Heavy Trip

In this offbeat comedy from Finland, 25-year-old musician Turo is stuck in a rut in his small village. The only source of enjoyment in his life is being the lead vocalist for his amateur heavy metal band.

Starts Oct. 5

Closed Captions

Blaze

Blaze, the new film from director/co-writer Ethan Hawke, is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.

Starts Oct. 5
Special Events

With Greg Sestero in person!

The Entire Bloody Friendship: Best F(r)iends Volumes 1 & 2 Double Feature

Don’t miss the most twisted double feature of the year when Greg Sestero returns to The Loft Cinema!

Saturday, Oct. 6
Loft Solar Cinema

Free Outdoor Screening at The University of Arizona Biosphere 2 in Oracle, AZ!

The Martian

Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew on Mars. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet.

Saturday, Oct. 6
Special Events

Tucson Modernism Week Screening

North by Northwest

One of the most enjoyable Hollywood movies of the 1950s, North by Northwest is Hitchcock at his most effervescent, in a romantic comedy/thriller that features one of the definitive Cary Grant performances.

Sunday, Oct. 7
Community Rentals

PRESENTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

To Boldly Think: The Philosophical Conundrums of Star Trek

In this course, we will wrangle with a range of philosophical questions prompted by both classic and recent stories from Star Trek. Each 2.5-hour class will incorporate episode viewings, lecture, and group discussion.

Monday, Oct. 8
Community Rentals

The S Word

The S Word, a feature-length documentary, tackles one of the most unfathomable issues of our time by telling the stories of suicide attempt survivors, along with the families and loved ones of those who have died by suicide.

Weds., Oct. 10
Women of Horror!

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Let The Corpses Tan

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani trade in the velvet and shadows of their giallo-worshiping first films for blistering sun, creaking leather and raining bullets in this glorious homage to 1970s Italian crime films.

Starts Oct. 12
Loft Jr.

Free Admission!

ParaNorman

A ghoulishly grand comedy/thriller from the makers of Coraline, it’s wicked fun for the whole family, served up with eye-popping stop-motion animation.

SATURDAY, OCT. 13
Loft Staff Selects

35mm Print!

Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite, everyone’s favorite Idaho-based coming-of-age comedy, has only gotten better – and funnier – with time. In fact, it’s still pretty flippin’ sweet.

Sunday, Oct. 14
Community Rentals

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

CODE exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide.

WEDS., OCT. 17
Women of Horror!

Jennifer’s Body

Director Karyn Kusama (The Invitation) teams up with screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) to unleash a genre-bending horror flick that combines violence with high camp to craft an incisive satire on female relationships

Thursday, Oct. 18

The Eyeslicer Halloween Special!

Taking viewers on a chaotic journey through the liminal space of the Halloween season, The Eyeslicer Halloween Special is like an acid trip down the Halloween aisle at Party City.

Starts Oct. 19
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A Loft Cinema tradition for 40 years and counting! With the “Heavy Petting” shadow cast live and in your face!

saturday, oct. 20
Special Events

Home Movie Day 2017

Bring your vintage home movie reels to The Loft Cinema for Tucson’s 7th annual Home Movie Day, featuring expert inspection, preservation advice and screenings of local home movies.

SATURDAY, OCT. 20
Community Rentals

Magic Pills: Homeopathy, Promise or Placebo?

Ananda More meets with doctors, scientists, patients and skeptics to explore the challenges, successes, and controversy surrounding Homeopathy today.

Sunday, Oct. 21
Community Rentals

An Evening with Michael Twitty

James Beard Award Winner Michael Twitty will speak about gastronomy, the social justice reality of food, and his memoir The Cooking Gene.

Wed., Oct. 24
Women of Horror!

35mm Print!

Near Dark

One of Bigelow’s earliest films, Near Dark is an eerily stylish, frequently brutal and hypnotically-scored deconstruction of the classic vampire tale that still holds up today as one of the finest examples of ’80s horror.

Thursday, Oct. 25
Community Rentals No Poster

The Winning Score: The Special Magic of Music for Film

Join former Tucson Symphony Orchestra Music Director Bob Bernhardt for a chronological overview of music for film from the 1930s to present day.

Thursday, Oct. 25

New 40th Anniversary Digital Restoration!

Halloween

Celebrate 40 years of terror with a newly restored and remastered edition of John Carpenter’s groundbreaking 1978 classic, Halloween! See it on the big screen for the fright of your life!

Starts Oct. 26
Community Rentals

Trails in Motion 6

Trails in Motion is an annual international film tour for the community, by the community, bringing a collection of the finest trail and ultra running films to passionate audiences around the world.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Loft Solar Cinema

Free Outdoor Screening in Phoenix, AZ!

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Rumble reveals the untold story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of rock n’ roll: the Indigenous influence.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Special Events

The Rocky Horror Halloween Bash!

Look out, all you creatures of the night … Rocky Horror is coming to get you this Halloween! It’s our 40th annual Rocky Horror Halloween Bash, so help us celebrate the freakiest night of the year (even if it IS a few days early)!

SATURDAY, OCT. 28
Community Rentals

Spellbound

When the mysterious Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck) becomes the new chief of staff, the detached Constance plummets into a whirlwind of tangled identities and feverish psychoanalysis, where the greatest risk is to fall in love.

Tuesday, Oct. 30
National Theatre Live

Julie

Award-winning actress Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa star in this new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, which remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

TUESDAY, OCT. 30 & THURSDAY, NOV. 1
Community Rentals

Tucson Salvage

Forged by adversity and united by humanity, this documentary allow us to witness those we might never approach and hear them tell their stories. Joined by musical guest Lawrence Zubia, this Tucson launch party promises to be unforgettable.

 

Saturday, Nov. 3
Loft Jr.

FREE ADMISSION!

The Iron Giant

Something humongous is among us in this thrilling and captivating animated adventure that’s part metal, part magic and all heart.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Community Rentals

One Night Only!

Öngtupqa

Öngtupqa is equal parts art film, cultural anthropology study, music video, native ceremony, and one-on-one with a Hopi elder talking about one of the natural wonders of the world.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Essential Cinema

New Digital Restoration!

The Man with the Movie Camera

In this entertaining and provocative slice of silent cinema, Vertov’s ultimate concern is the relation between film and reality – and the revolutionary power of the former to transform the latter.

Tuesday, Nov. 27
National Theatre Live

King Lear starring Ian McKellan

See Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ of King Lear as Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s shocking play.

Tuesday, Nov. 27 & Thursday, Nov. 29
Loft Jr.

Free Admission!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis’ timeless and beloved story comes to the big screen in this magically spectacular adventure from Walt Disney Pictures!

SATURDAY, DEC. 8