Virtual CinemaUntil we are able to host you and your families at the State Theatre later this year, we are partnering with independent film distributors to bring you the best in virtual cinema. We are now offering a variety of films for you to watch from the comfort of your own home.

We invite you to check out our library of theatrical on-demand selections, available to watch on your computer, phone or table, or by connecting to your TV.

When you rent one of these films, you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the State Theatre! With each screening, the State Theatre receives 40-50% of the tickets price! Films will updated on a weekly basis, so we suggest checking our website and social media regularly to make sure you don’t miss out.

Your support—through virtual screenings and donations – is much appreciated! Thank you!

Virtual Cinema Q & A

Life Itself


Lucky Grandma

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

Military Wives

Lucky Grandma Diana Kennedy Military Wives
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Set in New York City, an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese Grandma goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck…and in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

Comedy, Drama | Rating: NR
Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese | Good Deed Entertainment

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy is an intimate, candid perspective into the curious world of 95-year-old cookbook author and British ex-patriot Diana Kennedy,widely regarded as the world’s academic expert on Mexican cuisine.Standing barely five feet tall with a thick English accent, Diana is a formidable critic of anyone who doesn’t agree with her views on Mexican culinary traditions, or, God forbid, doesn’t recycle.The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks, Diana has spent nearly seventy years exploring Mexico (typically solo in her truck), and researching the country’s varied and complex cuisines. A two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana was decorated with an Order of the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican government in 1982 and became a Member of the Order of the British Empire from the UK in 2002. Despite her notable achievements, Diana is difficult to categorize; often referred to as the “Julia Child of Mexico”. Given her edgier style, however, Diana prefers a different title: “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine”.

Q&A Discussion

Foodies take note. To celebrate the May 22 virtual cinema release of DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY, a virtual Q&A will take place on Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 PM with director Elizabeth Carroll, chef Alice Waters (Chez Panisse), chef Gabriela Cámara (Contramara & Cala), and The New York Times food writer David Tanis. (Register via Zoom here).

Documentary | Rating: NR
Languages: English | Greenwich Entertainment

MILITARY WIVES centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage. Peter Cattaneo (THE FULL MONTY) directs Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan in this feel-good crowd-pleaser inspired by true events.

Comedy, Drama | Rating: PG-13
Language: English | Bleecker Street

Life Itself

The Booksellers

Other Music

Life Itself The Booksellers Other Music
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Ticket includes access to a live Q&A on May 27 with Chaz Ebert in conversation with director Steve James. // Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

Documentary | Rating: NR
Language: English | Magnolia Pictures

D.W. Young’s elegant and absorbing documentary is a lively tour of New York’s book world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers,past and present: from the Park Avenue Armory’s annual Antiquarian Book Fair, where original editions can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars; to the Strand and Argosy bookstores, still standing against all odds; to the beautifully crammed apartments of collectors and buyers. The film, executive produced by Parker Posey,features a range of commentators, including Fran Lebowitz, Susan Orlean, Gay Talese, and acommunity of dedicated book dealers and collectors who strongly believe in the wonder of the object and what it holds within.

Documentary | Rating: NR
Language: English | Greenwich Entertainment

Other Music was an influential and uncompromising New York City record store that was vital to the city’s early 2000s indie music scene. But when the store is forced to close its doors due to rent increases, the homogenization of urban culture, and the shift from CDs to downloadable and streaming music, a cultural landmark is lost. Through vibrant storytelling, the documentary captures the record store’s vital role in the musical and cultural life of the city, and highlights the artists whose careers it helped launch including Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, William Basinski, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sharon Van Etten, Yo La Tengo and TV On The Radio.

Documentary | Rating: NR
Language: English | Oscilloscope Laboratories


The Etruscan Smile

A White, White Day

Balloon The Etruscan Smile A White, White Day
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A thriller-like true story of one of the most spectacular escapes of the 20th Century.

With a theatrical release to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Germany’s reunification, BALLOON is based on the true events of one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War in which two families living in Communist East Germany sailed over the heavily fortified border in a homemade hot-air balloon.

In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families—who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years—try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day…

Drama, History, Thriller | Rating: NR
Language: German | Distrib Films

Based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro, THE ETRUSCAN SMILE stars Brian Cox (HBO’s Succession) as Rory MacNeil, a rugged Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be transformed, when he least expects it, through the redemptive power of love.

Drama | Rating: R
Language: English | Lightyear Entertainment

In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes’ Critics’ Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth takes over his life and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. Combining classic thriller tropes with a distinctly Nordic arthouse sensibility, the second feature from Hlynur Palmason “engages in storytelling that’s both powerful and fresh throughout, marking him as a talent to watch” (The Hollywood Reporter).

Drama, Thriller | Rating: NR
Language: Icelandic | Film Movement

Corpus Christi

Someone Somewhere


Corpus Christi Someone Somewhere Crescendo
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After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy – but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town’s new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk – even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn’t revealed in the confessional booth.

Drama | Rating: NR
Language: Polish | Film Movement

Rémy and Mélanie are two thirty-year-olds who live in the same Parisian neighborhood. She multiplies dates on social networks that lead nowhere while he struggles to meet anyone. Both are victims of this loneliness of big cities, in a hyper connected world where one would think meeting someone would be easier. Two individuals, two different paths. Without knowing it, they then take two roads that will lead them in the same direction… that of a love story?

Drama, Romance | Rating: NR
Language: French | Distrib Films

When a world famous conductor tries to create an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra, it takes all his skill and resources to overcome the discord and get them to play in harmony, rising to a tense and emotional finale.

Drama | Rating: NR
Language: English/German | Menemsha Films


Saint Frances

Clemetine Saint Frances
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Reeling from a one-sided breakup, anguished Karen (Otmara Marrero) flees Los Angeles for her ex’s idyllic lake house in the Pacific Northwest. There, she becomes entangled with a mysterious, alluring younger woman (Sydney Sweeney), whom she cannot seem to resist. Equal parts psychological thriller and sexual coming-of-age story, CLEMENTINE is a tense rumination on who to love and how to let go.

Drama | Rating: NR
Language: English | Oscilloscope Laboratories

Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’s moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else’s family.

Comedy, Drama | Rating: NR
Language: English | Oscilloscope Laboratories


Virtual Cinema Q & A

We’ve compiled this overview to answer questions you may have about how you can watch the new releases we’re making available.

Thank you for supporting the State Theatre.

Q: What kinds of programming and online engagement is the State Theatre doing during this closure period?

A: Virtual screenings of new releases you can watch at home  — In partnerships with film distributors, we’re offering new releases — and your virtual ticket purchase helps support the State Theatre.

Q: If I purchase a film, how long do I have to watch it? 

A: This varies film to film, but it is typically 2-3 days.

Q: Are these the types of films the State Theatre will be showing once it opens later this year?

A: This is a sampling of some of the independent films we’ll be showing. Once open, we’ll also be showing classics, first-run and some cult favorites.

Q: Can we watch these virtual screenings of new releases on our TV or must it be on a computer screen?

A: It depends on the Smart TV you have. There are several options.

Watching from an App on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, etc

Some Smart TVs will let you download Apps from distributors on to your smart TV – then you can sign in to the app and watch the film through the app.

Learn how to download an App on RokuApple TVAmazon Firestick


You can “cast” a video from your computer or smart device (phone, iPad) using the following steps

  • Open the movie on your device (computer or phone)
  • At the bottom right of the screen you should see the casting icon. It looks like this:
  • If you don’t see that icon and you’re casting from a computer in the Chrome browser, you can open the menu in the upper right corner of the window (or the View menu) and select “Cast”
  • Once you select that button, it should give you the option to select a nearby device, so you’d then select your Chromecast. If you don’t see your Chromecast, make sure both devices are on the same wireless network

You can find more details on the Chromecast website.

Apple TV

You can do that using a method called AirPlay! Here is how to do it:

  • Open the movie on your Apple device (computer, iPhone or iPad)
  • At the bottom right of the video window you should see the AirPlay icon.
  • It looks like this:
  • Once you tap the icon, select “Apple TV” from the list of devices

And that should be it! You can also find these instructions and more information on the Apple website.


You can cast a video from your Android or Windows device using the following steps:

  • Open the movie on your device
  • At the bottom right of the screen you should see the casting icon. It looks like this:
  • Once you select that button, it should give you the option to select a nearby device, so you’d then select your Roku/Chromecast.
  • If you don’t see your Roku/Chromecast, make sure both devices are on the same wireless network. The channel should launch automatically and playback will begin!
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