Liberty Theatre

Cyber-Seniors at Liberty Theatre

Just because one is—ahem, mature—doesn't mean that one can't grasp the difference between a computer chip and a potato chip. It's a myth that anyone over 65 is intractably computer illiterate; all that's needed, whether you're young or old, is a little basic knowledge.

That's what high school seniors Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday thought when they started a community effort to help seniors get cyber-savvy. For a school project, the sisters taught their grandparents how to use the internet, and watched as it transformed their lives and brought the entire family closer by allowing everyone to stay in touch several times a week using e-mail, Facebook, and Skype. Inspired by these positive changes, the sisters launched a "Cyber-Seniors" program to help other seniors get online. The program, which matched young, computer-whiz mentors with seniors, was wildly successful and eventually became the subject of a documentary film.

In association with Area 23a Movi(e)vents and Camas Technology Specialists, Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will present the only two screenings of "Cyber-Seniors" in Southwest Washington. The film will be shown at 3 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, with a mentor/networking party between screenings, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $4. To learn more about the film, visit www.cyberseniorsdocumentary.com.

“Cyber-Seniors” at Liberty Theatre

It's a myth that anyone over 65 is intractably computer illiterate; all that's needed, whether you're young or old, is a little basic knowledge. That's what high school seniors Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday thought when they started a community effort to help seniors get cyber-savvy. For a school project, the sisters taught their grandparents how to use the internet, and watched as it transformed their lives and brought the entire family closer by allowing everyone to stay in touch several times a week using e-mail, Facebook, and Skype. Inspired by these positive changes, the sisters launched a "Cyber-Seniors" program to help other seniors get online. The program, which matched young, computer-whiz mentors with seniors, was wildly successful and eventually became the subject of a documentary film.

In association with Area 23a Movi(e)vents and Camas Technology Specialists, Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will present the only two screenings of "Cyber-Seniors" in Southwest Washington. The film will be shown at 3 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, with a mentor/networking party between screenings, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $4. To learn more about the film, visit www.cyberseniorsdocumentary.com.

Liberty Theatre: Foodie Films & The General

General1927Keaton-1.094346Did you know that the Liberty Theatre in Camas is turning 87 years old on Saturday, June 14? This lovingly restored historic theater in downtown will celebrate with a special single showing of Buster Keaton’s 1926 comedy, “The General.” Last year, the landmark theater installed state-of-the-art digital projection and updated its sound equipment to give moviegoers the best possible experience—much better than theater patrons would have experienced in 1926!

Farmland_000.092049Starting Friday, June 13, and running through Thursday, June 19, Liberty will show the documentary film “Farmland“—the second movie in its Foodie Film Series—which takes an intimate look at the lives of several farmers and ranchers, all in their 20s and responsible for running their own agriculture businesses. Academy Award-winning director James Moll traveled across the country to capture a first-hand glimpse into the passion these farmers have for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve. For more information about the Foodie Film Series, click here. And here’s a delicious bonus: anyone who gives a donation of $18 or more to the nonprofit Camas Farmer’s Market from June 4-25 will get free tickets for any film in the series.

“Farmland” at Liberty Theatre

Starting Friday, June 13, and running through Thursday, June 19, the Liberty Theatre will show the documentary film “Farmland“—the second movie in its Foodie Film Series—which takes an intimate look at the lives of several farmers and ranchers, all in their 20s and responsible for running their own agriculture businesses. Academy Award-winning director James Moll traveled across the country to capture a first-hand glimpse into the passion these farmers have for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve. For more information about the Foodie Film Series, click here. And here’s a delicious bonus: anyone who gives a donation of $18 or more to the nonprofit Camas Farmer’s Market from June 4-25 will get free tickets for any film in the series.

Buster Keaton’s “The General”

Did you know that the Liberty Theatre in Camas is turning 87 years old on Saturday, June 14? This lovingly restored historic theater in downtown will celebrate with a special single showing of Buster Keaton’s 1926 comedy, “The General.” Last year, the landmark theater installed state-of-the-art digital projection and updated its sound equipment to give moviegoers the best possible experience—much better than theater patrons would have experienced in 1926!

“Mary Poppins” at the Liberty Theatre

Mary Poppins will be floating into Camas with her peculiar-yet-endearing blend of singing, dancing, and irreproachable child-rearing techniques. The Liberty Theatre is downtown Camas is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s masterpiece, “Marry Poppins,” starring Julie Andrews and originally released in 1964. The film’s warmth, heart, joy, and magic exemplifies everything Disney hoped to achieve with its adaptation of P.L. Travers’ book. The classic film was hailed by audiences and critics, becoming an overnight success that earned a staggering thirteen Academy Award nominations—and won five, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews.

Showtimes are at 2:50 p.m. every day from Friday, Aug. 1, through Thursday, Aug. 7. All tickets are $4, except for Bargain Day Tuesday, which is $3. After you’ve enjoyed the movie, why not have a spoonful of sugar (figuratively, that is) at Little Bavaria Ice Cream & Deli, the new eatery located right next door to the theater, open until 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and until 8 p.m. on Sundays. Or, if you prefer, the theater will allow you to take your sweet treat with you to the movie! Now THAT’S magic.

“Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington” at Liberty Theatre

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas is going green…with the regional premiere of the documentary film, “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington.” This movie examines the civic, economic, and human impact of marijuana legalization. The state of Washington is a key battleground in the fight for cannabis prohibition reform. A growing medical pot industry paves the way for cultural change, while a team of political superstars and local celebrities put forth a plan (Initiative 502) that seems poised to pass in the November elections. But many in the local cannabis community are vehemently opposed to I-502, saying it imposes harsh and scientifically arbitrary DUI laws, new taxes, additional restrictions, and penalties that harm users and providers. These opposing forces create a political clash, showing how Americans’ perspective on drug policy has changed.

“Evergreen,” which is unrated, will be shown at 8:30 p.m. every evening from Friday, Aug. 8, through Thursday, Aug. 14.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas is going underwater…with Disney’s classic 1954 action-adventure film, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” based on Jules Verne’s eponymous novel. This year marks the movie’s 60th anniversary.

20000LeaguesUndertheSea-onesheetThis film version of Verne’s book was Disney’s costliest and most elaborate effort of the time. If you need a memory-refresher on the plot, here’s a crash course: Kirk Douglas plays a trouble-shooting 19th century seaman who is trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing. Teaming with scientist Paul Lukas and diver Peter Lorre, Douglas sets sail to investigate—and is promptly captured by the megalomaniac Captain Nemo (portrayed by James Mason), who skippers a lavish, scientifically advanced submarine. The film’s special effects, including a giant squid, were impressive enough in 1954 to win an Academy Award.

All tickets are $4, except for Bargain Tuesdays, when admission is $3. The movie, which is rated G, is two hours and fifteen minutes long and will be shown in the main theater daily from Friday, Oct. 3, through Thursday, Oct. 9. For more details and directions to the theater, visit www.camasliberty.com. Showtimes are as follows:

  • Friday, Oct. 3, through Tuesday, Oct. 7, 5:35 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, 3 p.m. and 5:35 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 5:35 p.m.

 

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas is going underwater…with Disney’s classic 1954 action-adventure film, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” based on Jules Verne’s eponymous novel. This year marks the movie’s 60th anniversary. All tickets are $4, except for Bargain Tuesdays, when admission is $3. The movie, which is rated G, is two hours and fifteen minutes long and will be shown in the main theater daily from Friday, Oct. 3, through Thursday, Oct. 9. For more details and directions to the theater, visit www.camasliberty.com. Showtimes are as follows:

  • Friday, Oct. 3, through Tuesday, Oct. 7, 5:35 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, 3 p.m. and 5:35 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 5:35 p.m.

“Tracks” at the Liberty Theatre

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas is showing the stunning new film “Tracks,” which follows the true tale of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who makes the death-defying solo trek across 1,700 miles of Australia’s harshest terrain…on camelback.

Abandoning city life, Robyn (played by Mia Wasikowska of the films “Jane Eyre” and “Alice in Wonderland”) arrives in Alice Springs in 1977 and declares her ambition to cross the desert to the Indian Ocean to the amusement of the locals. However, after months of camping out and working on a camel farm, people begin to take her seriously. A chance meeting with National Geographic photographer Rick Smoland (Adam Driver, “Girls”) provides her with the necessary financing for her expedition under the condition that he be allowed to photograph parts of her journey for the magazine. With only her dog and four unpredictable camels for company, she embarks on an inspiring and life-changing journey of self-discovery. Directed by John Curran (“The Painted Veil” and “We Don’t Live Here Anymore”).

Tracks, which is rated PG13, has a running time of two hours, two minutes. Showtimes are as follows:

  • Friday, Nov. 28: 12:20 p.m. and 5:40 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 29: 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 30: 12:20 p.m. and 5:40 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 1: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 2: 5:40 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 4: 5:40 p.m.

Citizenfour at Liberty Theatre

If Edward Snowden’s globe-shaking indiscretions captured your attention as it did the nation’s, the Liberty Theatre in downtown invites you to the Clark County premiere of “Citizenfour,” a documentary film by Laura Poitras. In January 2013, Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizenfour,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.

Poitras and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is without precedent in the history of cinema: a real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before the audience’s eyes. Poitras compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move into a character study of Snowden.

Showtimes are at 7:50 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, Sunday, Jan. 11, Tuesday, Jan. 13, and Thursday, Jan. 15, as well as 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, Monday, Jan. 12, and Wednesday, Jan. 14. Tickets are $4 and Tuesday is bargain day, with all shows $3. Wine and beer is available for $4 and is allowed in the theater. The film, which is rated R, has a running time of one hour, 43 minutes.

At Liberty

We know you’ve been to the Kiggins Theatre, because, well, it’s the Kiggins, and it’s gorgeous, and has the Marquee Lounge. But it’s not the North Bank’s only independent theater: there’s also the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield, and the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas. (A lot of old theaters tended to be named “Liberty,” didn’t they?)

The Liberty in Camas is a beautifully restored movie house—and it’s been around even longer than the Kiggins, having opened its doors in 1927. It has two screens: the main theater and the Granada Studio. The Liberty serves beer and wine for $4 and if you get an ice cream cone or a sausage dog from Little Bavaria next door, you’re allowed to bring it right into the theater and eat it while you’re watching the main attraction. All seats are $4.50, except for Tuesdays, when all shows are just $3. 3D movies are a dollar more. What a deal!

Here’s what’s showing at the Liberty during the week of March 6-12:

  • Song of the Sea (read more about this animated film here)
  • The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies in 2D & 3D
  • Unbroken
  • Birdman (ends March 8)
  • Wild
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Saturday-Thursday)
  • Into the Woods (Saturday & Sunday only)

 

Song of the Sea

There are seals at the Libery Theatre in downtown Camas…in the new animated film “Song of the Sea,” which starts showing on Friday, March 6 (just in time for the “Go Green!” First Friday in downtown Camas).

Tomm Moore, who directed The Secret of Kells, gives us this beautiful new adventure rooted in Irish folklore. Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse—the last Seal-child—who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. The movies features the voices of legendary Irish performers Brendan Gleeson and Fionnula Flanagan, as well as music by composer Bruno Coulais (Coraline) and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells.

Song of the Sea is rated PG for some mild peril, language and pipe smoking images. All tickets will be $4.50 at the Liberty beginning March 6, although $3 Bargain Tuesday remains the same. Check the theater’s website at www.camasliberty.com for all showtimes from Friday, March 6, through Thursday, March 12.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

The North Bank is fortunate enough to have three independent theaters: the landmark Kiggins in downtown Vancouver, the lovely Old Liberty in Ridgefield, and the beloved Liberty in downtown Camas. These theaters show art films, indie films, documentary films, short films, animated films, foreign films, and locally-made films—in short, rich and diverse cinematic fare that you just can’t get at a corporate-owned multiplex. If you haven’t been to the Kiggins or one of the Liberties, there’s a film making its Clark County debut that will make the trip worthwhile: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award-nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated office worker whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of the Coen Brothers’ 1996 thriller Fargo, which she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it—and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies. With Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, indie mavericks the Zellner Brothers (Goliath, Kid-Thing) spin a strangely touching underdog fable (loosely inspired by true events), populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible. Partially subtitled.

The film opens Friday, April 3, at the Kiggins Theatre, with daily showings until April 9. If you miss it there, not to worry; the movie will also run from April 10-16 at the Camas Liberty Theatre. The movies has a running time of one hour and 45 minutes. See individual website for showtimes and pricing.

 

Queen and Country

“Queen and Country,” the hilarious follow-up to John Boorman’s 1987 film “Hope and Glory” (nominated for five Academy Awards), makes its Clark County debut at the Liberty Theater in downtown Camas on Friday, March 27, with showtimes daily at 5:45 p.m. through Thursday, April 2.

The film takes up the story of 18-year-old Bill Rohan (who, in “Hope and Glory,” rejoices when his grammar school is destroyed by an errant Luftwaffe bomb) as he begins basic training in the 1950s, during the Korean War. Bill, played by Callum Turner, is joined by a trouble-making army mate, Percy (Caleb Landry Jones). They never get near Korea, but engage in a constant battle of wits with Sgt. Major Bradley (the brilliant David Thewlis) and the infinitely put-upon (and aptly-named) Major Cross. A superb ensemble cast limns a wonderfully funny and often moving depiction of a still-recovering postwar England.

This as-yet-unrated film (with mature thematic elements and some mild language) has a running time of two hours and five minutes. Tickets for all shows are $4.50, except on Bargain Tuesdays, when you can get a seat for $3. Beer and wine is available in the theater’s lobby. For more information, visit www.camasliberty.com.

Student Film Festival

CamasStudentFilmFestivalHow does technology impact eduction? Local students answered this question by creating short films to illustrate their thoughts and views, and you can see their work during the Camas Student Film Festival at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas.

The event, emceed by Camas Mayor Scott Higgins, is a celebration of technology and artistry, giving students a platform and a persuasive medium through which to make their voices heard. Awards will be presented for the best short films. The Student Film Festival is free, and concessions (yummy theater-style popcorn!) will be available to buy in the Liberty Theatre’s lobby. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Student Film Festival

How does technology impact eduction? Local students answered this question by creating short films to illustrate their thoughts and views, and you can see their work during the Camas Student Film Festival at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas.

The event, emceed by Camas Mayor Scott Higgins, is a celebration of technology and artistry, giving students a platform and a persuasive medium through which to make their voices heard. Awards will be presented for the best short films. The Student Film Festival is free, and concessions (yummy theater-style popcorn!) will be available to buy in the Liberty Theatre’s lobby. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Sound of Music at Liberty

Fifty years ago this spring, the hills came alive with “The Sound of Music.” The rest of the world followed that sound with great delight, and the big-screen adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical—based on the von Trapp family singers, who escaped Nazi rule in Austria in 1938—took the world by storm in 1965.

The movie starring Julie Andrews as novitiate-turned-nanny to the seven von Trapp children and their brusque father, Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), made such songs as “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “My Favorite Things” international classics —and it made Andrews into a mega-star.

In honor of the beloved film’s 50th anniversary, 20th Century Fox is presenting a restored presentation of this timeless musical classic, and you can see it with your family at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas, starting on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. The movie will be shown every day for one week only. Showtimes are 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, May 18 and 20, and 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, May 19 and 21. The movie is rated G and has a running time of three hours exactly. General admission is $4.50, except on Bargain Tuesdays, when it’s $3.

“The Sound of Music” 50th Anniversary at the Liberty Theatre

Fifty years ago this spring, the hills came alive with “The Sound of Music.” The rest of the world followed that sound with great delight, and the big-screen adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical—based on the von Trapp family singers, who escaped Nazi rule in Austria in 1938—took the world by storm in 1965.

The movie starring Julie Andrews as novitiate-turned-nanny to the seven von Trapp children and their brusque father, Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), made such songs as “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “My Favorite Things” international classics —and it made Andrews into a mega-star.

In honor of the beloved film’s 50th anniversary, 20th Century Fox is presenting a restored presentation of this timeless musical classic, and you can see it with your family at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas, starting on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. The movie will be shown every day for one week only. Showtimes are 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, May 18 and 20, and 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, May 19 and 21. The movie is rated G and has a running time of three hours exactly. General admission is $4.50, except on Bargain Tuesdays, when it’s $3.

Lassie Come Home

This weekend is going to be a scorcher, as you already know. What better way to beat the heat than inside cool, air conditioned movie theater—the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas, for example? And what could be better than revisiting a classic American movie, “Lassie Come Home”? The coolest part: a portion of the proceeds from tickets sales go to the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Lassie Come Home will premiere on Friday, July 3, to coincide with downtown Camas’ “Dog Days of Summer” First Friday celebration. To help you better appreciate the film, here’s a bit of history: Eric Knight wrote the original tale of Lassie as a short story for The Saturday Evening Post. Ttwo years later, he turned it into a novel, then MGM acquired the film rights. Much of the movie is filmed exactly as written, down to the dialogue. The story concerns an unemployed Yorkshire collier who is forced to sell his son’s beloved collie to pay for rent and food. Lassie escapes her new owner and walks the length of Scotland and part of England (although actually the movie was filmed in California) to return to her young master, encountering people both kind and cruel, physical obstacles, and hunger. Of course, there is a happy ending!

Admission is a bargain-priced $3 for any age. The Liberty Theatre will donate $1 from each ticket sold to the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society. Showtime for this G-rated film is at 8 p.m. immediately following the First Friday festivities. Additional matinee showings can be seen on July 4, 6 & 8. See www.camasliberty.com for times and other details.