40 Years of Film

Description

It’s time to celebrate! For 40 years, the Nickelodeon Theater has been bringing you the best in independent arthouse and classic films, and in honor of our anniversary, we’ve launched 40 Years of Film.  A retrospective look at films from the Nick archive, each film in the series is selected and hosted by a Nickelodeon community member, as they reflect on what the film means to them and how it encapsulates their memories of the Nick.

40 Years of Film launched on October 3rd with a free outdoor public screening of Night of the Living Dead.  George Romero’s classic 1968 zombie film was first screened at the Nick in 1979 – our first year of operation – when the theater was still located south of the Statehouse, at 937 Main St.  On January 13, 2020, longtime Nickelodeon member David Whiteman (member since 1981!) hosted a screening of Lars von Trier’s 1991 art-house classic Zentropa (also known as Europa) which first screened at the Nickelodeon on February 17, 1993. 

Throughout the upcoming year, we’ll be hosting special community guests as they share both great films and their memories of the Nickelodeon. Please join us for 40 Years of Film!

March will be hosted by local filmmaker Roni Nicole Henderson in the Indie Grits Labs backyard

May will be hosted by a surprise community celebrity.

July will be hosted by longtime Nickelodeon staff member Cade McConnell.

September will be hosted by Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin .

Stay tuned to our website and social media for film and date announcements.

Schedule

Jan 13

Zentropa (Europa) (1991)

It’s time to celebrate! For 40 years, the Nickelodeon Theater has been bringing you the best in independent arthouse and classic films, and in honor of our anniversary, we’ve launched 40 Years of Film.  A retrospective look at films from the Nick archive, each film in the series is selected and hosted by a Nickelodeon community member, as they reflect on what the film means to them and how it encapsulates their memories of the Nick.

David Whiteman, current board member and former USC professor, chose Zentropa as his favorite film out of all of the films he's seen in 39 years of attending The Nickelodeon. It first screened at The Nick back in February of 1993.

David will introduce the film, and stay after for a post-film conversation.

The film is about an American of German descent in post-war Germany 1945. His uncle gets him a job on the Zentropa train line as a sleeping car conductor. The American's wish is to be neutral to the ongoing purges of loyalists by the Allied forces and do what he can to help a hurting country, but he finds himself being used by both the Americans and the influential family that owns the railroad. After falling in love with the railroad magnate's daughter, he finds that he can't remain neutral and must make some difficult choices.