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!

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NOW SHOWING

John Lewis: Good Trouble

The Killing Floor

Tommaso

John Lewis: Good Trouble The Killing Floor Tommasu
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Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

Documentary | Rating: NR
Language: English | Magnolia Pictures

Praised by The Village Voice as the most “clear-eyed account of union organizing on film,” The Killing Floor tells the little-known true story of the struggle to build an interracial labor union in the Chicago Stockyards. The screenplay by Obie Award-winner Leslie Lee, based on an original story by producer Elsa Rassbach, traces the racial and class conflicts seething in the city’s giant slaughterhouses, and the brutal efforts of management to divide the workforce along ethnic lines, which eventually boiled over in the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. The first feature film by director Bill Duke, The Killing Floor premiered on PBS’ American Playhouse series in 1984 to rave reviews. In 1985 the film was invited to Cannes and won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award. It has been showcased at the Lincoln Center and festivals around the world.

Drama | Rating: NR
Language: English | Film Movement Classics

Abel Ferrara’s first dramatic feature since 2014’s Pasolini reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film. Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe’s most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists.

Drama | Rating: NR
Languages: English and Italian | Kino Lorber

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

The Booksellers

Other Music

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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”.

Documentary | Rating: NR
Languages: English | Greenwich Entertainment

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

Clementine

Lucky Grandma

Saint Frances

Clemetine Lucky Grandma 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

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

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

Chromecast

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.

Roku

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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