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PFC’s Limelight Cinema is a single-screen, art house theater with state of the art digital projection and cutting edge surround sound system. Located in the original home of the old Pickford Cinema (and even older Whatcom Film Association,) the Limelight Cinema offers an intimate setting perfect for our varied programming. We offer a seasonally curated wine list and a full catalog of beer and cider which you may take into the theater with you and enjoy during the film.

Limelight Cinema | 1416 Cornwall Ave.
Open 30 minutes before the first showtime of the day

Pain & Glory (Dolor y gloria)

Pain & Glory (Dolor y gloria)

Playing at Limelight Cinema

113 minutes, Spain, In Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Drama
Rated R: (for drug use, some graphic nudity and language)
CCAP

Official Site·Trailer

“[Antonio Banderas] is Salvador Mallo, a movie director who has not made anything for years but who has accumulated enough money to live in comfort among expensive artworks, brooding on his various ailments – headaches, backaches, a tendency to choke on any solid food – and general depression; all of these having some mysterious cause-or-effect relationship with his creative block.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Thursday, November 21st

12:45pm 5:45pm

Fantastic Fungi

Fantastic Fungi

Playing at Limelight Cinema

74 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by North Cascades Institute
Sponsored by Knechtel Enterprises

with month-long mushroom specials at Camber and Cosmos Bistro

An artistically-shot, scientifically-sound, life-affirming film about mycelium: the incredible, intelligent network under our feet that has the proven ability to restore our ecosystem, repair our health, and resurrect our symbiotic relationship to nature. Fantastic Fungi aspires to be an educational, inspirational, and ultimately critical film that explores the uses and benefits of fungi in the areas of medicine, environmental engineering, and personal transformation. Narrated by Brie Larson and featuring insight from Paul Stamets, Michael Pollan, and Andrew Weil.

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Thursday, November 21st

3:35pm 8:30pm

Friday, November 22nd

3:10pm

Saturday, November 23rd

3:10pm

Sunday, November 24th

3:10pm

Monday, November 25th

3:10pm

Tuesday, November 26th

3:10pm

Wednesday, November 27th

3:10pm

Thursday, November 28th

3:10pm

Harriet

Harriet

Playing at Limelight Cinema

125 minutes, USA, In English, Drama
Rated PG-13: (for thematic content throughout, violent material and language including racial epithets)
CCAP

Official Site·Trailer

Open Caption Wednesday screening November 27 at 8:15

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

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Friday, November 22nd

12:15pm 5:15pm 8:15pm

Saturday, November 23rd

12:15pm 5:15pm 8:15pm

Sunday, November 24th

12:15pm 5:15pm 8:15pm

Monday, November 25th

12:15pm 5:15pm 8:15pm

Tuesday, November 26th

12:15pm 5:15pm 8:15pm

Wednesday, November 27th

12:15pm 5:15pm 8:15pm

Thursday, November 28th

5:15pm 8:15pm

Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer

Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer

Playing at Limelight Cinema

97 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Sex! Gossip! Scandal! For over 60 years, the National Enquirer has pumped out salacious, shocking stories, stretching the limits of journalism and blurring the lines between truth and fiction. Scandalous is the sensational true story of the most infamous tabloid in US history, a wild, probing look at how one newspaper’s prescient grasp of its’ readers darkest curiosities led it to massive profits and influence. From its coverage of Elvis’s death, to Monica Lewinsky and the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the National Enquirer rattled the foundations of American culture and politics, sometimes allegedly using payoffs and blackmail to get its scoops. With rare archival footage and revelations as wild as National Enquirer headlines themselves, Scandalous examines our obsession with the rich, famous and powerful, and the tabloid that has fed those obsessions for generations of Americans.

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Friday, November 29th
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Saturday, November 30th
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Sunday, December 1st
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Monday, December 2nd
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Tuesday, December 3rd
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Wednesday, December 4th
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Thursday, December 5th
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Leonardo: The Works (Exhibition on Screen)

Leonardo: The Works (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema

85 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Exhibition on Screen

Leonardo da Vinci is acclaimed as the world’s favourite artist. Many TV shows and feature films have showcased this extraordinary genius but often not examined closely enough is the most crucial element of all: his art. Leonardo’s peerless paintings and drawings will be the focus of Leonardo: The Works, as Exhibition on Screen presents every single attributed painting, in Ultra HD quality, never seen before on the big screen.

This film also looks afresh at Leonardo’s life – his inventiveness, his sculptural skills, his military foresight and his ability to navigate the treacherous politics of the day – through the prism of his art. To be released on the 500th anniversary of his death, this is the definitive film about Leonardo: the first to truly tell the whole story. Marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death.

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Sunday, December 1st

11:00am

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Playing at Limelight Cinema

85 minutes, Finland, Norway, France, Sweden, In Finnish, English, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Rated R: for some nudity and language

Official Site·Trailer

Third Eye Cinema is a monthly “cult” film series programmed by Pickford staff & volunteers, and generously sponsored by ModSock.

This month’s selection chosen by Jen, Projectionist

It’s the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an ‘archeological’ dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn’t the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa’s elves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare – a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies, and is a darkly comic gem soon to be required perennial holiday viewing.

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Saturday, December 7th

10:00pm

Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice (Great Art on Screen)

Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema

90 minutes, Italy, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Great Art on Screen

Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice fully immerses audiences in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance. With the enchanting narrative voice of twice Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, cinema audiences visit places that evoke and preserve the memory of the painter, including the State Archives, the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, the Church of San Rocco, and more, all in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth.

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Sunday, December 8th

11:00am

Wednesday, December 11th

5:45pm

Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet

Playing at Limelight Cinema

72 minutes, France, Czechoslovakia, In French, Czech, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Rated PG: _

Official Site·Trailer

Third Eye Cinema is a monthly “cult” film series programmed by Pickford staff & volunteers, and generously sponsored by ModSock.

This month’s selection chosen by Jules, Projectionist

This animated tale follows the relationship between the small human-like Oms and their much larger blue-skinned oppressors, the Draags, who rule the planet of Ygam. While the Draags have long kept Oms as illiterate pets, this hierarchy shifts after an Om boy becomes educated, thanks to a young female Draag. This leads to an Om rebellion, which weakens the Draag control over their race. Will the Oms and the Draags find a way to coexist? Or will they destroy each other?

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Saturday, January 4th

10:00pm

Gaugin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost (Great Art on Screen)

Gaugin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema

90 minutes, Italy, In Italian, French, and English w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Great Art on Screen

Gaugain in Tahiti: Paradise Lost traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin who left France for Tahiti, feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter. Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in DC, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts where Gauguin’s greatest masterpieces are now preserved.

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Sunday, January 5th

11:00am

Wednesday, January 8th

5:45pm

Death Becomes Her

Death Becomes Her

Playing at Limelight Cinema

104 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy
Rated PG-13: for some nudity and off-color humor

Official Site·Trailer

Third Eye Cinema is a monthly “cult” film series programmed by Pickford staff & volunteers, and generously sponsored by ModSock.

This month’s selection chosen by Lindsey, Marketing Manager

Some people will go to any length to be young forever. Hollywood socialites Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) and Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) are lifelong rivals, competing for men, fame, and beauty. When Helen appears to have the final upper hand, Madeline will stop at nothing to change that – paying the ultimate price to do so. This wickedly funny cult classic was a massive flop on its 1992 release, but 25 years after fizzling out in theaters, this delightfully macabre, campy, charismatic comedy has solidified its standing in the 90’s film repertoire and has established itself as a queer cult classic.

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Saturday, February 1st

10:00pm

The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonder (Great Art on Screen)

The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonder (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema

90 minutes, Italy, Spain, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Great Art on Screen

The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders celebrates the 200th anniversary of the storied Prado Museum — one of the most-visited museums in the world. Hosted by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, this cinematic journey offers viewers a spell-binding experience, telling the story of Spain and beyond, through the works of Vélazquez, Rubens, Titian, Mantegna, Bosch, Goya, El Greco, and more.

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Sunday, February 2nd

11:00am

Wednesday, February 5th

5:45pm

Clue

Clue

Playing at Limelight Cinema

97 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy
Rated PG: _

Official Site·Trailer

Third Eye Cinema is a monthly “cult” film series programmed by Pickford staff & volunteers, and generously sponsored by ModSock.

This month’s selection chosen by Carey, Projectionist

Based on the popular board game, this comedy begins at a dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving), where he admits to blackmailing his visitors. These guests, who have been given aliases, are Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), Mr. Green (Michael McKean), professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn) and Col. Mustard (Martin Mull). When Boddy turns up murdered, all are suspects, and together they try to figure out who is the killer.

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Saturday, March 7th

10:00pm

Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait (Exhibition on Screen)

Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema

80 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Exhibition on Screen

For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits.

The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.

Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation.

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Sunday, March 8th

11:00am

Wednesday, March 11th

6:00pm

Easter in Art (Exhibition on Screen)

Easter in Art (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema

85 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Exhibition on Screen

The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history.

From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day.

Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all.

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Sunday, April 12th

11:00pm

Wednesday, April 15th

6:00pm

Frida Kahlo (Exhibition on Screen)

Frida Kahlo (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema

90 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Exhibition on Screen

This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons: Frida Kahlo. She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life. Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, this documentary explores the extraordinary symbolism and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo.

Using cinema to take an up-close and intimate look at her works we examine how great an artist she can be considered. Displaying a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy on screen, this personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience and her unmatched lust for life, men, women, politics and her cultural heritage.

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Sunday, July 12th

11:00am

Wednesday, July 15th

6:00pm