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Art House Cinema is panel’s choice to take over Babcock

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If the Billings City Council accepts the recommendation of one of its subcommittees, the Art House Cinema & Pub could soon be showing films in and operating the historic Babcock Theatre. The ad hoc committee on the future of the 110-year-old downtown theater voted 6-2 Wednesday afternoon to recommend that the full council enter into negotiations with Art House Cinema and its founder and president, Matt Blakeslee. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montanans’ film explores side road to understanding


Marshall Granger was working at the Roxy Theater in Missoula when a friend and co-worker, Andrew Rizzo, asked an odd, simple question. “You wanna go shoot a documentary on a hallucinogenic toad down in Arizona and Mexico?”

The question was addressed to Marshall and another co-worker, Eddie Roqueta, and both of them, as it turned out, were interested in the idea. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Art House Cinema & Pub unveils big expansion plans


In annoucing the proposed expansion of the Art House Cinema & Pub during an event at the downtown business Monday night, Matt Blakeslee told about going to see “The Artist” back in 2011. The black-and-white silent movie, which would go on to win seven Oscars, including Best Film, had won high praise from critics and movie-goers for many months before Carmike Cinemas, which then owned every screen in town, finally brought the movie to Billings. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Profs examine motives, aims of corporate news outlets


Looking for objective news reporting? Don’t look in the news media. That was the message at a “Shining Light on the Media” presentation at a meeting of the League of Women Voters on Thursday. The league also is sponsoring a showing of the recent film “Truth” on March 15 at Art House Cinema & Pub during Sunshine Week, an annual focus on the media that is held during the week of James Madison’s March 16 birthday. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Singer-songwriter finds right mix of work, family, music


Lindsey Jacobsen loves playing music, loves it so much that she doesn’t want it to become a job, something she’d have to leave Billings to pursue. “I care too much about the people in my community and my family and friends,” she said. “And I’ve got it really good right now.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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A man in full: Documentary takes a close look at Knievel

“Being Evel,” a new documentary about Butte’s most infamous son, works hard to capture Evel Knievel as he really was—a monumental daredevil and self-promoter who could also be a selfish jerk. The film presents abundant evidence for his having been a jerk. There’s talk about his pursuit of lowlife crime as a young man, and footage of a surly Knievel cursing at the press corps before his big jump over the Snake River Canyon. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Art House Cinema & Pub hosts sneak preview


A select group of friends and financial supporters got a sneak preview of the Art House Cinema & Pub in downtown Billings Friday night. Treated to beer, wine and snacks, 35 or 40 people settled into theater seats and watched a selection of Academy Award-nominated animated shorts, then heard an update and a profusion of thanks from Matt Blakeslee, CEO of the nonprofit venture. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Young blood, new energy fuel downtown renaissance


Like a lot of people born and raised in Billings, Matt Blakeslee was used to looking to other cities for arts, culture and entertainment generally. Billings was a good place to make money and it was the biggest city in Montana, “but it had never felt like the most cultural or vibrant community,” he said. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Independent movie house, pub coming to dowtown


Although they’ve still got some fundraising ahead of them, the people behind an “event-centric” movie theater and pub in downtown Billings will be getting down to business Saturday morning. That’s when they’ll start demolishing portions of the old Center Lanes bowling alley at 109 N. 30th St., beginning its transformation into the Art House Cinema & Pub. (more…) Continue Reading →

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