Photo provided by Park City Film Series, photo by Jill Orschel
This weekend, the Park City Film Series is saying goodbye to more than just the end of their 2013–2014 movie season. They’re also saying goodbye to the auditorium they’ve called home for a majority of their existence. At least temporarily.
The Jim Santy Auditorium, along with the entire Park City Library and Education Center in which it stands, will close its doors after the final Film Series screening on Sunday, May 25 and begin its $9.3 million, year-long renovation.
On the marquee for the Film Series’ final weekend is Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel. “We wanted to end on a high note with the Film Series,” says Katharine Wang, executive director of the Park City Film Series. “We’ve been trying to get this film for a while, and it’s a perfect film to end on. It has a great story and a great sample of actors that we’ve come to appreciate over the years and is meant to celebrate the craft of filmmaking.”
The Park City Film Series will have more to celebrate once they resume movie screenings for the 2014–2015 season in September at their temporary venue. The theater, at the Prospector Square Lodge, will enable the Film Series to test out new ideas in an effort to engage moviegoers after a film’s final credits.
“We’re playing around with cabaret seating at the Prospector venue and seeing how successful that is,” Wang says. “We want to create a place for patrons to go after the film where they can have coffee, wine or desserts and digest the film in the company of the community. There are a lot of questions that come up after films, and there’s a great opportunity to talk about some of the topics in a more relaxed, communal environment.”
Once the Santy Auditorium reopens its doors in February 2015, Wang anticipates that the experimental concepts will transfer back to its permanent home. “With the renovation of the whole building, there will be more opportunity for community events,” Wang says. “The Santy Auditorium won’t change much itself, but there will be rooms where patrons can convene and mingle with fellow moviegoers after the film. We’re looking into getting event licenses throughout the year so we can have beer and wine at some of our screenings and even have catering for special events.”
Until then, catch a screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel before the lights go dark. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. The Grand Budapest Hotel is rated R. For more information, visit parkcityfilmseries.com.
The Grand Budapest Hotel Showings:
Friday, May 23 – Sunday, May 25
8 p.m. – Friday and Saturday
6 p.m. – Sunday
Jim Santy Auditorium, 1255 Park Ave., Park City, 435-615-8291