Alamo Drafthouse, Denver Actors Fund launch monthly film series with 'Heathers'

Alamo Drafthouse Denver Actors Fund

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton today announced a new ongoing series in partnership with the Denver Actors Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance to members of the Denver theater community who find themselves in situational medical need.

The monthly series, “Denver Actors Fund Presents …” will focus on films inspired by musicals that are currently being performed by a Colorado theatre company. Fifty percent of ticket proceeds from each show will benefit the Denver Actors Fund. Since Nov. 1 alone, the DAF has sent out more than $12,000 to help an actor undergoing chemotherapy, a costumer with a pulmonary embolism, a director who had an attack of diverticulitis and an actor in need of emergency dental surgery.

Alamo Drafthouse Denver Actors Fund“We’ve been looking for a wonderful intersection of film and theater at the Alamo Denver,” said Alamo Drafthouse Creative Manager Steve Bessette. “I believe that supporting the Denver Actors Fund while giving our mutual guests an amazing experience that heightens your average moviegoing traditions is just where we want to be.”

Buy tickets to the Feb. 14 screening of Heathers here

Added Denver Actors Fund Founder John Moore: “The Denver Actors Fund has always been about building community while building funds. So a monthly mash-up of the Silver Screen and the Broadway Boards? How much fun can you get? We are beyond grateful to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the opportunity to spotlight classic and cult films while drawing attention to the spectacular work being done by local artists on our local theatre stages. Everybody wins.” 

The series kicks off Sunday, Feb. 14, with an exclusive screening of the cult classic, Heathers, starring Golden Globe winner Christian Slater and Winona Ryder. Ignite Theatre Company, whose upcoming production of Heathers The Musical will be the first by a Denver theatre company, will perform songs from the show prior to the screening.

Heathers film director Michael Lehmann (Meet the Applegates, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Because I Said So) will participate in a Q&A after the screening. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now here. Tickets include a chicken pot pie and a carton of milk.

The monthly series will continue with a screening of Ragtime and a pre-show performance by Performance Now Theatre Company on Monday, March 14.

In conjunction with the DCPA Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Sweeney Todd, featuring brand new orchestrations by the Grammy nominated band DeVotchKa, “Denver Actors Fund Presents …” will show the film version on Monday, April 18, after a live performance by members of the Theatre Company.

Additional screenings will be announced at a later time.

ABOUT ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA
Alamo Drafthouse is an entertainment brand comprised of the acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival (Fantastic Fest) in the United States and a collectible art gallery (Mondo). Named “the best theater ever” by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star-studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will soon begin construction on a second location in Colorado in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. Info: www.drafthouse.com

ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND
The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of financial and situational relief when members of the local theatre community find themselves in medical need. To date, The Fund has distributed about $30,000 and provided about 200 hours of volunteer service to help local artists. Info: www.DenverActorsFund.Org.

ABOUT IGNITE THEATRE
Ignite Theatre is a program of Lucent Performing Arts. The mission is to challenge audiences with provocatively innovative, high-quality and diverse theatrical experiences. Currently it is presenting the regional premiere of Green Day’s “American Idiot” through Jan. 24. www.ignitetheatre.com

ABOUT PERFORMANCE NOW THEATRE COMPANY
Performance Now Theatre Company, founded by the late Nancy Goodwin in 2000, has produced more than 40 musicals and plays that have included more than 500 actors and live musicians, all from the highly talented pool of local artists. www.performancenow.org

ABOUT THE DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is a not-for-profit theatre organization dedicated to creating unforgettable shared experiences through beloved Broadway musicals, world-class plays, educational programs and inspired events. The DCPA is the largest non-profit theatre organization in the nation, offering more than 40 plays and musicals year-round that engage and inspire audiences of all ages and interests. www.denvercenter.org  

For interview opportunities, please email alexandra.griesmer@drafthouse.com or call 303-204-6785.

Press inquiries related to the DCPA Theatre Company’s production of Sweeney Todd should be directed to Hope Grandon at HGrandon@dcpa.org

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