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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

David Crosby: Remember My Name

David Crosby: Remember My Name

Playing at Limelight Cinema

95 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .
CCAP, AD

Official Site·Trailer

Open Caption Wednesday screening: September 25 at 6:00 PM.

You thought you knew him. Meet David Crosby now in this portrait of a man with everything but an easy retirement on his mind. With unflinching honesty, self-examination, regret, fear, exuberance and an unshakable belief in family and the transformative nature of music, Crosby shares his often challenging journey.

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Saturday, September 21st

1:00pm 6:00pm

Sunday, September 22nd

1:00pm 6:00pm

Monday, September 23rd

3:40pm 6:00pm

Tuesday, September 24th

3:40pm 6:00pm

Wednesday, September 25th

3:40pm 6:00pm

Thursday, September 26th

3:40pm 6:00pm

Luce

Luce

Playing at Limelight Cinema

109 minutes, USA, In English, Drama
Rated R: for language throughout, sexual content, nudity and some drug use.
CCAP

Official Site·Trailer

Open Caption Wednesday screenings: September 18 at 5:30 PM, and September 25 at 8:20 PM.

It’s been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea, and they thought the worst was behind them. Luce Edgar (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has become an all-star student beloved by his community in Arlington, Virginia. His African American teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), believes he is a symbol of black excellence that sets a positive example for his peers. But when he is assigned to write an essay in the voice of a historical twentieth-century figure, Luce turns in a paper that makes an alarming statement about political violence. Worried about how this assignment reflects upon her star pupil, Harriet searches his locker and finds something that confirms her worst fears.

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Saturday, September 21st

3:25pm 8:20pm

Sunday, September 22nd

3:25pm 8:20pm

Monday, September 23rd

8:20pm

Tuesday, September 24th

8:20pm

Wednesday, September 25th

8:20pm

Thursday, September 26th

8:20pm

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Playing at Limelight Cinema

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

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by League of Women Voters and Good Time Girls
Voter registration from League of Women Voters on 9/27, 9/29, 10/2, and 10/3!

The Life & Times of Molly Ivins tells the story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her razor sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing, and craving ink in her columns. She knew the Bill of Rights was in peril, and said “Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country.” Molly’s words have proved prescient. Now it’s up to us to raise hell!

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Friday, September 27th

5:30pm

Saturday, September 28th

1:00pm 7:45pm

Sunday, September 29th

5:30pm

Monday, September 30th

7:45pm

Tuesday, October 1st

5:30pm

Wednesday, October 2nd

7:45pm

Thursday, October 3rd

5:30pm

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

Playing at Limelight Cinema

90 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .
OCAP

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center Bellingham
All screenings of Moonlight Sonata will be presented with open captions

At its core, Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements is a story about love, family and finding your voice. Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky (Beware the Slenderman, One Last Hug) has been surrounded by deafness her entire life: Brodsky’s parents are deaf and her oldest child Jonas lost his hearing at the age of 4. While Jonas can hear now with the help of cochlear implants, this documentary chronicles her son’s journey to learn to play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”; a piece the composer wrote while he was losing his hearing.

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Friday, September 27th

7:50pm

Saturday, September 28th

5:30pm

Sunday, September 29th

1:00pm 7:50pm

Monday, September 30th

5:30pm

Tuesday, October 1st

7:50pm

Wednesday, October 2nd

5:30pm

Thursday, October 3rd

7:50pm

Love, Antosha

Love, Antosha

Playing at Limelight Cinema

92 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated R: (for language, some sexual content and nudity)

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Film Is Truth 24 Times a Second

Love, Antosha tells the story of Anton Yelchin’s creative persistence. His devoted Russian parents nurtured his love of acting, exposing him to works of the masters. Often the youngest actor on set, Yelchin’s intense focus inspired many actors around him. Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pine, and John Cho share revealing insights into his character. Though he kept it a secret, Yelchin lived with a dangerous health condition, but he never became discouraged. As he grew into his craft, he continually enriched his understanding of the world, embodying an incredible authenticity.

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Saturday, September 28th

3:15pm

Sunday, September 29th

3:15pm

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Playing at Limelight Cinema

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

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center
Featuring a performance by The Kevin Woods trio outside the Limelight Cinema on Friday evening from 7:45-8:30!

The definition of “cool” can be summed up by the name Miles Davis. The quintessential “Renaissance Man” known for his restless artistic aesthetic, is widely regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and highly respected figures in music. He changed the course of music five or six times, remains a fashion and cultural icon, and his globally recognized artwork continues to resonate with multiple generations. He was an extraordinary artist who sacrificed everything for his music –the man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart.

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Friday, October 4th

5:30pm 8:30pm

Saturday, October 5th

7:15pm

Sunday, October 6th

7:15pm

Monday, October 7th

5:30pm 8:15pm

Tuesday, October 8th

5:30pm 8:15pm

Wednesday, October 9th

5:30pm 8:15pm

Thursday, October 10th

5:30pm 8:15pm

For Sama

For Sama

Playing at Limelight Cinema

95 minutes, UK, In Arabic w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Whatcom Peace & Justice Center

For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice – whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

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Saturday, October 5th

4:45pm

Sunday, October 6th

4:45pm

Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens

Playing at Limelight Cinema

95 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated PG: .
Doctober

Official Site·Trailer

Presented as part of Third Eye Cinema, a monthly series at the Limelight programmed by Pickford staff with tickets for just $5.

Programmed by Michael Falter as part of Doctober. One evening only.

This film explores the daily lives of two aging, eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Edie Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith, are the sole inhabitants of a Long Island estate. The women reveal themselves to be misfits with outsized, engaging personalities. Much of the conversation is centered on their pasts, as mother and daughter now rarely leave home.

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Saturday, October 5th

10:00pm

Becoming Nobody

Becoming Nobody

Playing at Limelight Cinema

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

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by the Ayurvedic Health Center

Becoming Nobody represents the core arc of Ram Dass’ teachings and life: whether as Dr. Richard Alpert, the eminent Harvard psychologist, or as Ram Dass, who serves as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies, he has defined a generation of inner explorers and seekers of truth and wisdom. Through his turns as scion of an eminent Jewish family from Boston, rock-star Harvard psychologist, counter-culture rascally adventurer, Eastern holy man, stroke survivor and compassionate caregiver, Ram Dass has worn many hats on his journey, the narrative of which is revealed in this film.

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Friday, October 11th

5:45pm

Saturday, October 12th

3:30pm

Sunday, October 13th

5:45pm

Monday, October 14th

5:45pm

Tuesday, October 15th

5:45pm

Wednesday, October 16th

5:45pm

Thursday, October 17th

5:45pm

Los Reyes

Los Reyes

Playing at Limelight Cinema

78 minutes, Chile, Germany, In Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Humane Society of Skagit County

Los Reyes (“The Kings”) is the oldest skatepark in the Chilean capital of Santiago. This story is about the real kings here: Football and Chola, two stray dogs that have made their home in this open space full of hurtling skateboards and rowdy teenagers. The energetic Chola loves to play with the balls she finds lying around. She positions them at the edge of the bowls where the skaters show off their tricks and tries to catch them just before they fall down. The older dog, Football, looks on impatiently and barks at Chola until she finally drops the balls. The teenagers around them come from very different, sometimes troubled backgrounds. They each have their own story, which they recount to us in voiceover.

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Saturday, October 12th

5:45pm

Sunday, October 13th

3:30pm

Fantastic Fungi

Fantastic Fungi

Playing at Limelight Cinema

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

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by the North Cascades Institute

YES! 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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Friday, October 18th

5:45pm

Saturday, October 19th

5:45pm

Sunday, October 20th

5:45pm

Monday, October 21st

5:45pm

Tuesday, October 22nd

5:45pm

Wednesday, October 23rd

5:45pm

Thursday, October 24th

5:45pm

Vision Portraits

Vision Portraits

Playing at Limelight Cinema

78 minutes, Germany, Canada, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Filmmaker Rodney Evans comes to terms with his vision loss in this moving documentary about how artists cope with being visually impaired. Part confessional and part artistic journey, Vision Portraits chronicles a dancer, a photographer, a writer, and a filmmaker as they confront the many ways identity and career are shaped by unexpected physical realities.

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Saturday, October 19th

3:30pm

Sunday, October 20th

3:30pm

Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Playing at Limelight Cinema

91 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated PG-13: (for thematic material and brief strong language)

Official Site·Trailer

Sponsored by TrueBearing Consulting

Jim Allison: Breakthrough is the astounding, true story of one warm-hearted, stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer.

Today, Jim Allison is a name to be reckoned with throughout the scientific world — a 2018 Nobel Prize winner for discovering the immune system’s role in defeating cancer — but for decades he waged a lonely struggle against the skepticism of the medical establishment and the resistance of Big Pharma.

Jim Allison: Breakthrough takes us into the inspiring and dramatic world of cutting-edge medicine, and into the heart of a true American pioneer, in a film that is both emotionally compelling and deeply entertaining.

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Friday, October 25th

5:45pm

Saturday, October 26th

5:45pm

Sunday, October 27th

5:45pm

Monday, October 28th

5:45pm

Tuesday, October 29th

5:45pm

Wednesday, October 30th

5:45pm

Thursday, October 31st

5:45pm

Jay Myself

Jay Myself

Playing at Limelight Cinema

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

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Mindport Exhibits
“Before you can see, you have to look”. Come early to ‘look,’ ‘see,’ and interact with exhibits provided by Mindport.

Jay Myself documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home–the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City.

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Saturday, October 26th

8:00pm

Sunday, October 27th

3:30pm

Night of the Comet

Night of the Comet

Playing at Limelight Cinema

95 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi
Rated PG-13: .

Official Site·Trailer

Third Eye Cinema is a monthly series at the Limelight programmed by Pickford staff. Tickets are only $5!

Programmed by Patrick!
After a rare comet sighting, teen sisters Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Samantha (Kelli Maroney) find that they’re among the only survivors of a zombie attack. The girls partner with another survivor, Hector (Robert Beltran), but as they try to avoid the zombies, they’re sought by scientists who want to experiment on their bodies in the hope of finding an antidote. Dodging both the doctors and the undead, they keep moving in the hope that they can continue to stay alive.

Film Is Truth is a local nonprofit video rental archive with an ever-growing collection of more than 20,000 titles, keeping film history at your fingertips for over two decades.

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Saturday, November 2nd

10:00pm

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, November 17th

11:00am

Wednesday, November 20th

6:00pm

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

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

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

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