New Arthouse Cinema Opens Today in Akron


Reportedly the first new cinema in downtown Akron in 30 years, the Nightlife lays claim to some serious bragging rights. According to its owners, it's the only micro-cinema in Northeast Ohio. Located at 30 North High Street, it only has 50 seats but it’s got a brand-new Christie digital cinema projector and an 8.1 surround sound system. The concession bar will serve traditional movie snacks such as popcorn and soda but will also include pastries from the Blue Door restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls and Cupcake Binge in Munroe Falls.

The place has also just secured a liquor license and will serve regional craft beers and cocktails during all showings. It will screen a variety of different types of films, including first-run releases and restored prints of old movies and. It opens with Only Lovers Left Alive, a vampire flick directed by Akron native Jim Jarmusch (Down by Law, Broken Flowers). “We are very excited to open the Nightlight with a movie by one of Akron’s most prominent natives,” said Steve Felix, director of Akron Film+Pixel, in a press release. “Together, these films represent the programming planned for the future of the theater: independent works by modern filmmakers and retro classics restored for the big screen.” Here’s the current schedule: Only Lovers Left Alive (July 1-3 and July 4-5); A Hard Days Night (July 4-6 and July 8-10); Night Moves (July 4-6, July 8-10, July 11-13 and July 15-17), Snowpiercer (July 11-13) and Life Itself (July 13, July 15-17 and July 18-24). Regular admission is $8.50. Go to for showtimes.

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Jeff Niesel

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