Kiggins Theatre

Question Everything: Movie Trivia Tuesdays

Vancouver's beautifully restored and historically significant Kiggins Theatre hosts "Trivia Vérité" (a play on cinéma vérité, a type of documentary filmmaking) at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the upstairs Marquee Lounge. The Kiggins is located in downtown Vancouver at 1011 Main St., and the Marquee Lounge is an elegrant tribute to the theater's 1936 debut.

The team at Synth-Bio Productions has designed this competition especially for the Kiggins Theatre, covering all areas of cinema, from silent films to cult favorites and everything in between including music, the Academy Awards, and movie quotes. Each week, the winning team gets to chose a movie as the subject of a special round of questions.

Admission is free, and Trivia Vérité is open to contestants of all ages and skill levels. Trivia teams can have up to four members. Everyone goes home with prizes. Teams can be up to four members, and if you can beat the Kiggins Krew team, your prizes double!

For more information, visit www.kigginstheatre.net or e-mail info@kigginstheatre.com.

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Vancouver Goes Hollywood black tie event

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) in partnership with Kiggins Theatre, will host the second annual “Vancouver Goes Hollywood” black tie event featuring a live, streaming broadcast of the Academy Awards on the big screen. An entire block of Main Street in downtown Vancouver will be transformed into a glamorous Hollywood hotspot. The red carpet will be rolled out, limousines lined up, and a DJ will be on the street. Roaring 20's attire is encouraged for this Great Gatsby-themed event.

Ticketholders will be given early access to the event, beginning at 3:30 p.m. with reserved parking and a limo drop-off. Next, attendees will strut the red carpet and be interviewed by “fashion reporters,” all streaming live on the big Kiggins screen. The red carpet will end at a photo opportunity where partygoers will receive a complimentary professional photo. Once inside the theater, celebrants will enjoy drinks from the no-host bar and relax in a special seating area. Buy your tickets online here, or call the GVCC at 360-694-2588.

Free Showing of “Google and the World Brain”

For those who'd like to engage in a little dialogue (or a lot!) about our ambivalent relationship with all things digital, let us introduce you to #nextchapter, Vancouver's digital literacy program. #nextchapter is a community-wide discussion of the most compelling cultural trends of the emerging digital economy. This free educational program is designed to stimulate learning, innovation and opportunities to create the future we want.

To inspire an evening of lively discussion, #nextchapter is sponsoring a free showing of acclaimed documentary "Google and the World Brain," a film about Google's plan to scan every book in the world. The movie takes a closer look at the project's unnerving history and scope…and the people who are trying to stop it. There's no admission charge, but food and beverages will be available to purchase from the Kiggins refreshment counter. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Nerd Night at the Kiggins: Forensics

Nerd Nite is a monthly event at the retro-hip Kiggins Theatre—1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver—that celebrates the cerebral while indulging the, ah, corporeal. The hosts endeavor to entertain, educate, elucidate, and enlighten with a variety of brainy topics, and the Kiggins staff will endeavor to delight you with a variety of malted, fermented, and carbonated beverages.

Nerd Night's next guest speaker is a forensic anthropologist—someone who speaks for those who can no longer speak for themselves. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, Dr. Veronica "Nici" Vance from the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory will talk about how skeletal remains are found, how bones are analyzed, and how victims can be identified. You'll discover how the differences and similarities in our bodies are reflected in our bones and tissues, and how they tell the story about how someone lived…and died. Hear about new technologies that are being used to solve cold cases and identify missing persons, and what you can do to help.

Nerd Night happens every second Wednesday of the month. The cost to attend is $8 per person. For more information, visit http://kigginstheatre.net.

Nerd Night at the Kiggins: Forensics

Nerd Nite is a monthly event at the retro-hip Kiggins Theatre that celebrates the cerebral while indulging the, ah, corporeal. The hosts endeavor to entertain, educate, elucidate, and enlighten with a variety of brainy topics, and the Kiggins staff will endeavor to delight you with a variety of malted, fermented, and carbonated beverages.

Nerd Night's next guest speaker is a forensic anthropologist—someone who speaks for those who can no longer speak for themselves. Dr. Veronica "Nici" Vance from the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory will talk about how skeletal remains are found, how bones are analyzed, and how victims can be identified. You'll discover how the differences and similarities in our bodies are reflected in our bones and tissues, and how they tell the story about how someone lived…and died. Hear about new technologies that are being used to solve cold cases and identify missing persons, and what you can do to help.

Nerd Night happens every second Wednesday of the month. For more information, visit http://kigginstheatre.net.

Hello Vancouver!

High Five Media is hosting another Hello Vancouver!, the second in a series of "community talk shows" at the gorgeously restored Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. This will be a blend of town hall meeting, talk show, entertainment, and neighborhood get-together, where we discuss everything that's best about living in Southwest Washington. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, and the event ends around 9 p.m.

The evening will be hosted by one of High Five's founders, proud Vancouvrian Temple Lenz (perhaps best known for her irreverent blog, The Daily 'Couve.) Hello Vancouver! gives the community a chance to find out about the North Bank's businesses, artists, writers, designers, innovators, and all-around overacheivers. In this "episode" of Hello Vancouver!, you'll meet award-winning film director Beth Harrington, pet psychic Faye Pietrokowsky, and hear from special musical guests Lincoln's Beard.

If you get hungry or thirsty, the Kiggins' bar and concession stand will be open, serving theater-style refreshments (yummy popcorn!) as well as beer and wine. The event is not necessarily ideal for small children, but teens are welcome. And here's a bonus: it's all free! Well, except for the concessions. But that's just a nice way to say "thank you" to the Kiggins for hosting. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

Hello Vancouver!

High Five Media is hosting another Hello Vancouver!, the second in a series of "community talk shows" at the gorgeously restored Kiggins Theatre. This is a blend of town hall meeting, talk show, entertainment, and neighborhood get-together, where we discuss everything that's best about living in Southwest Washington. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The evening will be hosted by Temple Lenz (perhaps best known for her irreverent blog, The Daily 'Couve.) Hello Vancouver! gives the community a chance to find out about the North Bank's businesses, artists, writers, designers, innovators, and all-around overacheivers. In this "episode" of Hello Vancouver!, you'll meet award-winning film director Beth Harrington, pet psychic Faye Pietrokowsky, and hear from special musical guests Lincoln's Beard. The Kiggins' bar and concession stand will be open, serving theater-style refreshments as well as beer and wine. The event is not necessarily ideal for small children, but teens are welcome. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Don't have the time or money to travel to Banff, Canada, for the Banff Mountain Film Festival? No problem, because the festival will come to you at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Downtown Vancouver's magnificently restored Kiggins Theatre (1011 Main St.) will host the 38th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which brings the films of the legendary festival to audiences around the world.

There are many locations around Washington State that are hosting the tour, but none could be more delightful than the large screen, cushy seats, and beautifully updated interior of the Kiggins, which also sells beer and wine from its concession stand in the lobby. If you'd like something a bit more cocktailish, migrate upstairs to the Marquee Lounge, an Art Deco throwback to the theater's 1930s origins.

The World Tour isBanffMountainFilmLogo a carefully curated section of films, focusing on subjects ranging from the exploration of remote, nearly inaccessible landscapes and little-known mountain cultures to short films or "Radical Reels" about daring extreme sports. The World Tour films are shown to almost 400,000 people in 40 countries, and we're glad that Vancouver is among the 840 screening locations. Tickets are $20 per person, and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by clicking here. The description at Brown Paper Tickets will also give you a brief synopsis of each of the films to be shown.

Photo above: Banff National Park

 

Dukes of Hazzard Night

DukesofHazzardBreaker one, breaker one: Break out your Daisy Dukes and drive the General Lee on down to the Kiggins Theatre for Dukes of Hazzard Night, a Glamorous Gams² fundraiser to benefit The Children's Center. If you do, we promise you'll be happier 'n a possum on a gumbush!

Event sponsors The Nutter Family Foundation and IQ Credit Union invite you to attend this Dukes of Hazzard-themed night featuring original episodes and live entertainment. Get your "Dukes Dates" raffle tickets, wet your whistle with drinks, and fill your hungry belly with good home cookin' and sweet treats—all available purchase in order to support the Dukes of Hazzard team (actually, a becostumed Mike Bomar of the CREDC, Phoebe Krueger from Pacific Continental Bank, and Eric Golemo of SGA Engineering).

Doors open at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, and the event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each, available online at Ticket Tomato. And remember: you might be a big wheel out in Savannah, but you ain't green beans in Hazzard.

 

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Don't have the time or money to travel to Banff, Canada, for the Banff Mountain Film Festival? No problem, because the festival will come to you at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25. The Kiggins Theatre will host the 38th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which brings the films of the legendary festival to audiences around the world. The World Tour isBanffMountainFilmLogo a carefully curated section of films, focusing on subjects ranging from the exploration of remote, nearly inaccessible landscapes and little-known mountain cultures to short films or "Radical Reels" about daring extreme sports. The World Tour films are shown to almost 400,000 people in 40 countries, and we're glad that Vancouver is among the 840 screening locations. Tickets are $20 per person, and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by clicking here. The description at Brown Paper Tickets will also give you a brief synopsis of each of the films to be shown.

Dukes of Hazzard Night

Breaker one, breaker one: Break out your Daisy Dukes and drive the General Lee on down to the Kiggins Theatre for Dukes of Hazzard Night, a Glamorous Gams² fundraiser to benefit The Children's Center. If you do, we promise you'll be happier 'n a possum on a gumbush!

Event sponsors The Nutter Family Foundation and IQ Credit Union invite you to attend this Dukes of Hazzard-themed night featuring original episodes and live entertainment. Get your "Dukes Dates" raffle tickets, wet your whistle with drinks, and fill your hungry belly with good home cookin' and sweet treats—all available purchase in order to support the Dukes of Hazzard team (actually, a becostumed Mike Bomar of the CREDC, Phoebe Krueger from Pacific Continental Bank, and Eric Golemo of SGA Engineering).

Doors open at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, and the event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each, available online at Ticket Tomato. And remember: you might be a big wheel out in Savannah, but you ain't green beans in Hazzard.

#nextchapter: Technology and Education

#nextchapter is a free educational program designed to prompt discussion about the most compelling cultural trends of the emerging digital economy. In this next installment, Dr. Cathy N. Davidson will speak about how technology is transforming the classroom and the workplace. Davidson is the author of the book "Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century."

Davidson, a national thought leader in educational reform, will discuss what kids and parents need to know to help with learning and attention in everyday life, school, and the workplace. She'll conclude her presentation by answering questions from the audience. This event, which will be held at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at the landmark Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, is free and open to the public. To find out more, join the discussion at www.facebook.com/hashnextchapter.

VSO with Silent Film “City Girl”

See the classic silent film "City Girl" with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, while reclining in cushy seats at the beautifully restored Kiggins Theatre. This performance is the season finale of "Sunbreaks"—the VSO's 2013-2014 Chamber Music Series—featuring a live ensemble of soloists conducted by composer John Paul.

This concert brings F.W. Murnau's 1930 silent movie (some of which was shot in Oregon) to the big screen with an original score conducted by the composer himself and featuring four members of the VSO. John Paul will lead violinist Eva Richey, violist Angelika Furtwanger, cellist Dieter Ratzlaf, and clarinetist Igor Shakhman in this performance, which artfully combines sight and sound.

Tickets are $25 per person, available online here. Immediately following the concert, there will be a reception at Niche Wine & Art Bar, open to all concertgoers. Refreshments from the Kiggins will also be available before and during the performance. The entire VSO will perform two more concerts this spring, on May 31 and June 1, at the Skyview Concert Hall. The orchestra is currently offering discounts on season tickets; to learn more, visit www.vancouversymphony.org or call 360-735-7278. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1101 Main Street in downtown Vancouver.

Next Goal Wins

If you've ever felt unlucky, the Kiggins Theatre has the antidote: the compelling documentary "Next Goal Wins," about the world's most-losingest soccer team ever. This isn't your typical turnaround story; the team hasn't won the World Cup (yet). Instead, the film focuses on the players' gutsy passion for the game, and how one man—a new coach—can make all the differece. Esquire magazine calls it "…the most rewarding, gutsy and rather magnificent sporting story in recent cinematic memory." Here's a quick synopsis of the movie, which is showing for $5 admission on Friday, May 16, at 6:45 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., Monday, May 18, at 8:45 p.m., and Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. (Friday's show includes a Skyped Q&A with the filmmakers after the show.):

In 2001, American Samoa suffered the largest international defeat since football records began: a humiliating 31-0 reverse to Australia. For more than ten years after that trouncing, they endured a global barrage of part-sympathetic, part-mocking media attention. They remain rooted to the bottom of FIFA’s World rankings, having scored only twice in seventeen years. They've lost every competitive game they've ever played.

It would take a miracle-maker or a madman to turn the team’s fortunes around—and in maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen, the islanders somehow find both. With the team about to embark on a gruelling World Cup qualification campaign, Rongen has just one month to transform this ragtag band of losers into a winning team.

Editor's note: We just got a last-minute update from the Kiggins Theater letting us know that famed goalie Nicky Salapu and Coach Larry Mana'o will be in attendance at Friday's showing to indroduce the film and participate in the Q&A.

Clark College Student Video Festival

Clark College will hold its first public screening of student videos at the historic Kiggins Theatre at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. Clark's Student Video Festival is free and open to the public. The 90-minute program will feature more than two dozen short-form videos (between one and ten minutes long) produced by students in Clark’s Time-Based Art and Web Video Production classes, as well as a selection of work from students from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, and the Northwest Film Center. The students’ videos range from whimsical works of stop-motion animation to emotional mini-documentaries and personal stories. To learn more about these programs, visit http://news.clark.edu/2014/05/screen-time-for-students/.

Nerd Night: Parasites

Nerd Nite is a monthly event at the Kiggins Theatre that strives for a provocative yet deeply academic vibe. The next Nerd Night will feature everyone’s favorite subject, parasites, and will take place on Wednesday, June 11. Doors open at 6 p.m. for nerdly socializing and imbibing of adult beverages in the Marquee Lounge. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the main theater with Dr. Lisa Sardinia, associate professor of biology at Pacific University. Sardinia will tell the audience all about zombie cockroaches, suicidal crickets and, generally speaking, how parasites alter the behavior of their hosts. There’s a $10 suggested cover charge at the door, but $8 advance tickets are available online here. The magnificently restored 1930s-era Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.kigginstheatre.net.

“A Hard Day’s Night” at the Kiggins

The Kiggins Theatre is showing of the remastered and restored “A Hard Day’s Night,” in which The Beatles play wily, exuberant versions of themselves. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell.” This 90-minute, G-rated film reinvented the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video as an art form. Showtimes are below. All tickets are $5. For more details, visit www.kigginstheatre.net.

  • Friday, July 4, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 5, at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 6, at 2 p.m., 4 pm & 6 p.m.
  • Monday, July 7, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 8, at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“A Hard Day’s Night” at the Kiggins

The Kiggins Theatre received such an enthusiastic response to its July 4-8 showing of the remastered and restored “A Hard Day’s Night” that downtown Vancouver’s only independent theater is bringing the film back for a second run, July 11-15. “A Hard Day’s Night,” in which the bandmates play wily, exuberant versions of themselves, captured the moment when The Beatles officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Showtimes are below and all tickets are $5. For more details, visit www.kigginstheatre.net.

  • Friday, July 11, at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 12, at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 13, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 14, at 4:30 and 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Christmas in August

Director Joe Swanberg’s new film “Happy Christmas,” starring Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham and Melanie Lynsky, opens Friday, Aug. 8, at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver. All tickets are $5, available from the theater’s box office or online at www.kigginstheatre.com. Doesn’t that make you feel jolly? Here’s a brief plot summary (no spoilers, we promise):

A budding novelist and her film director husband, Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and Jeff (Joe Swanberg) and their two-year-old son lead a peaceful existence in Chicago. When Jeff’s irresponsible younger sister, Jenny (Anna Kendrick), comes to live with them after a breakup, things start to change. Jenny begins a rocky relationship with a baby sitter-turned-pot dealer (Mark Webber), and she and a friend, Carson (Lena Dunham), instigate an evolution in Kelly’s life, as her career and her relationship with her husband begin to grow in new, and perhaps unwelcome, directions.

In “Happy Christmas,” writer/actor/director Joe Swanberg (“Drinking Buddies,” “LOL,” and “Hannah Takes the Stairs”) explores both sibling relationships and the choices women face in young families. Using his unique improvisational technique, Swanberg creates a dramatic experience that results in a natural, relatable peek into his characters’ lives, filled with an engaging warmth and the actors’ own natural sense of humor.

 

The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, will descend on the merry old land of Oz—or, as it is more widely known, the Kiggins Theatre—at 2 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 15. Downtown Vancouver’s landmark independent theater is offering additional showings of this classic film every day from Friday through Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the following times:

  • Friday, Aug. 15, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 16, 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 17, 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

“The Wizard of Oz,” which was originally released in 1939, stars (as if you didn’t know!) Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale and won two Academy Awards for its music—as well as garnering 12 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. The movie is rated G and all tickets are $3. For more details about this and other films now showing at the Kiggins, visit www.kigginstheatre.net.