Manlius Art Cinema is the oldest cinema in Central New York, and presents both independent and foreign language films. This year they are celebrating their 100th year in business. Owner Nat Tobin and his wife Eileen Lowell have been running the cinema for the past 26 years and striving to continue the establishment's legacy.
The cinema’s mission is “to bring the best of independent cinema to Central New York and to provide you with a warm and friendly environment in which to see them.” In this age of Netflix and streaming, people are going to the cinema less and less. It’s even more rare for a one-screen cinema to continue to thrive for so long. Tobin credits his “loyal audience” to the lasting success of the cinema, but also raves that they must have a good experience to want to keep going back. Before the showing of each film, he gives a monologue and welcomes everyone, which is “...a way to connect with people, and enlighten them with some stuff that they might not know about the film we’re about to show.”
Currently in the midst of awards season, the cinema is shedding light on some of the films that tend to get less attention, the shorts. They've compiled showings of all the 2018 Academy Award nominated shorts including the animated shorts that run a total of 83 minutes, the live action shorts are about 110 minutes and the documentaries run a little over 3 hours total. Those short programs will run from Friday, February 9th through 15th. Tickets are $10 for adults.
The Manlius Art Cinema is located at 135 E Seneca St, Manlius, New York 13104. For more information, you can visit their site at http://www.manliusartcinema.com/