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While we work on our plan for a safe re-opening you are invited to:

• Watch a movie via our links to virtual cinema (see film links below)

• Pick up popcorn and goodies to enjoy with your movie at home. Details here.

• Shop for a T-shirt for pick-up at our new downstairs store.

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Starting Friday, July 10

Double Bill: ELLIOT ERWITT, SILENCE SOUNDS GOOD (feature documentary) paired with ONE THOUSAND STORIES (short documentary)

AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY - with OSIFF and Das Filmfest

Leaving after Thursday, July 9


Holding over Friday, July 10

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE - with post-film discussion featuring
Rep. John Lewis and Oprah Winfreyfollowing every show, and a special panel discussion Thursday, July 9, at 5pm Pacific

Coming soon


More stuff

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ELLIOT ERWITT, SILENCE SOUNDS GOOD movie poster Darkside Cinema Virtual Cinema presents a Double Bill!

ELLIOT ERWITT, SILENCE SOUNDS GOOD (feature documentary), paired with
(short doc)
July 3 – 23

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91-year-old Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt has made iconic images of the Civil Rights movement, the Cuban Revolution, not to mention celebrities and dogs. In a funny and humanistic portrait of one of the greatest living photographers, this new documentary finds the laconic visual legend very much alive and snapping as he travels back to Cuba for the first time since his iconic Newsweek photos of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.

Directed by Adriana Lopez Sanfeliu.
Written by Mark Monroe (The Cove; Icarus)

Tasha Van Zandt's  short documentary follows the artist JR (Faces Places) in the creation of his first video mural project. Inspired by Diego Rivera, JR showcases the multitudinous beauty of San Francisco's residents from all walks of life.

Rent this double bill for 48 hours

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AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY movie poster Darkside Cinema Virtual Cinema presents
- with OSIFF and Das Filmfest
July 3 - 23

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Human rights become profoundly personal when Ai Weiwei, China's most famous artist, transforms Alcatraz Island prison into an astonishing expression of socially-engaged art focused on the plight of the unjustly incarcerated. At the core of the installation, called @Large, are portraits of prisoners of conscience coupled with the opportunity to write letters of solidarity to the imprisoned.

In her impassioned and powerful film, Cheryl Haines visits current and former prisoners, including American whistleblower Chelsea Manning, and learns how these letters were vital to their survival.


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THE WILD movie poster Darkside Cinema Virtual Cinema presents
June 25 - July 9

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Award-winning documentary, THE WILD, Shows the fate of the last, best place for wild bears and the wild salmon they need to survive, which hangs in the balance.

By suddenly dismantling safeguards the EPA had enacted to protect the salmon, water and people of Bristol Bay, the current political regime in the United States has unilaterally revived a mining corporation’s relentless pursuit to build North America’s largest open-pit copper mine—directly in the headwaters of the most prodigious wild sockeye salmon run in the world. 

THE WILD is a race against time. The proposed Pebble Mine is spurred by a sympathetic Trump administration working to have it permitted by 2020. At stake is the survival of a keystone species that feeds 137 different creatures - including us - in a wild place that is the last of its kind on Earth. Bristol Bay feeds the entire world with its salmon, starting with the Indigenous People for whom wild salmon have been their Everything for over 5,000 years.

Filmmaker Mark Titus worked in the Alaska salmon industry for 25 years and now focuses his lens and his passion for wild salmon on the conflict in Bristol Bay. This battle for Alaska’s soul mirrors Titus’ struggle to reclaim his own and becomes a harbinger to a larger, global question:  How do we reconcile human separation from the natural world that sustains us, and if we can change course - how do we save the wild that remains?

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WOMAN ON THE BEACH movie poster Darkside Cinema Virtual Cinema presents
June 19 - July 9

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Filmmaker Joong-rae, suffering from writer's block, takes a trip to the coast with his production designer Chang-wook, who brings along the vivacious Moon-sook. Soon after their arrival, Moon-sook falls for Joong-rae's advances; however, the fickle hero can't commit and he awkwardly parts with her. What had been a sardonic Jules and Jim turns into a burlesque Vertigo when Joong-rae returns to the coastal resort and attempts to recreate the original romance with a woman who resembles Moon-sook, until his jilted lover shows up...

Subtitled South Korean

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JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE movie poster Darkside Cinema Virtual Cinema presents
July 3 – 23

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Using interviews and rare archival footage, this documentary chronicles Lewis' 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration.

Director Dawn Porter uses present-day interviews with Lewis, now 79 years old, to explore his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957.

In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter's primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.
With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Hillary Clinton.

Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary, and could not be more relevant to our times.

Special Panel Discussion Thursday, July 9
On Thursday, 7/9 join the (free) panel discussion presented by the Freedom Rides Museum of Montgomery, Alabama, featuring Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with director Dawn Porter. In partnership with the Capri Theatre. 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST.

You are also invited to visit the "Let's Make Good Trouble" page dedicated to fighting voter suppression and protecting the right to vote.

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NAE PASARAN movie poster Darkside Cinema Virtual Cinema presents
July 3 - 23

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40 years after their defiant protest against Pinochet's dictatorship, retired Scottish factory workers discover the incredible consequences of their solidarity.

1974, Scotland. Bob Fulton, a Rolls-Royce engine inspector, returns to his section, upset and anxious. He's just told his colleagues that a Chilean Air Force jet engine has arrived in the factory for maintenance and he's refusing to let it go through, in protest against the recent military coup of General Pinochet.

He's seen the images of people packed into football stadiums and the Air Force jets bombing Santiago, and now one of the engines from those very same planes is in his workshop,  waiting for inspection.

He can see his supervisors approaching, and he knows he's about to be fired yet he feels a responsibility. It isn't until 45 years later that he and his co-workers find out the impact of their actions.


English and subtitled Spanish; strong Scottish accents

Emma Thompson has a few words about the film. Click her photo to watch.

Rent for 7 days

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QUARANTINE CAT FILM FESTIVAL movie poster Darkside Cinema Virtual Cinema & Row House Cinema present
June 19 - July 30

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Created by Row House Cinema in Pittsburgh, this compilation reel brings together the cutest, funniest, bravest, and most loving cat videos from more than 1,200 submissions filmed during the COVID-19 Quarantines.


Your ticket purchase will help support Darkside Cinema and other independent cinemas across the country. You can watch some cute cats and feel good about helping to keep indie cinemas alive!

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DAYS OF THE WHALE movie poster Coming soon to Darkside Cinema Virtual Cinema:
DAYS OF THE WHALE - with OSIFF and Das Filmfest
July 24 - August 6

In this story of youthful rebellion, two young lovers—graffiti artists in Medellin, Colombia—defy a criminal street gang by painting a mural over a threatening tag.

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Subcribe to Magnolia Selects to benefit Darkside Cinema Sign up for the Magnolia Selects streaming service to benefit Darkside Cinema

Go to MagnoliaSelects.com and use code MOVIE463 to subscribe for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. Darkside Cinema will receive 25 % of the net proceeds from your monthly or annual subscription—a great help to us during this time. Additional terms and conditions apply; see MagnoliaSelects.com. Offer valid through December 31, 2020.

We thank you!

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popcorn and sodas image $10 POPCORN Deal Details

On Friday and Saturday 6pm – 8pm, and Sunday 3pm – 5pm, we're here with popcorn and goodies for you to pick up and enjoy at home with your selected Darkside Virtual Cinema title (or other movie at home).

The $10 deal includes one bucket of freshly made popcorn PLUS your choice of:
• two canned sodas or
• one bottled soda or
• two small candies or
• one large candy.

Additional candy/pop is available for sale and can be added to your order.

*** All sales limited to items on hand.

WILL IT COST ME MY FIRSTBORN? Nah. You can pay with cash or credit card or one admission ticket from your previously purchased Darkside ticket book—or we'll accept a Darkside gift certificate and mark it with the adjusted value accordingly so you can use the rest of it another time.

This is for in-person ordering and pickup. We have a new sales counter just inside the door at the sidewalk. One person will be admitted at a time. If there is a line, it will run south toward Coffee Culture and we ask that you stay 6 feet apart from others in the line. After you make your purchase, a popcorn elf will bring your order down to you in our waiting area.

*** IMPORTANT: Anyone entering the building must be wearing a mask. The more faithfully we all mask up, the quicker the Darkside will open again. Sorry, but the upstairs is still off-limits to non-employees. 

Please text (541) 250-0441 if you have questions.

Thank you for your continued support of the Darkside and our community. We love you back.

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We’re one of the millions of businesses temporarily shut down due to Coronavirus.
So of course we have a video.

Darkside Cinema is temporarily closed. This is our Covid-19 video.

About Darkside Cinema

Open since April 2005, Darkside Cinema is the only independently owned and operated movie theater in Corvallis. Except for this COVID-19 mandated closure, WE ARE OPEN EVERY NIGHT, playing independent, foreign, and art films you won't find at the local megaplex.

We are more responsive than our website design! Because We Suck Less. Every Day.

Ask us about inexpensive on-screen advertising for your local business or non-profit organization. And, when we re-open, ask us about renting the theater for birthday parties or private shows or meetings or seances or practical jokes or ... ?

We proudly support these organizations and hope you will, too:

Linn Benton Food Share logo Oregon State University Pride Center logo
Corvallis Arts Walk logo
Downtown Corvallis Association logo
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CARDV logo
KBOO logo
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Please call 541 - 752 - 4161 to confirm shows and times
215 SW 4th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333