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Neighborhood Theater

By Elisabeth Monaghan

Providing a great lineup of films, the Alamo Drafthouse Denver also is a great place to escape from what is likely to be a hot summer. Here are a few of the notable screenings playing over the next few weeks:

“The Jerk,” starring Steve Martin (June 19, 7 p.m.), “Coming to America,” starring Eddie Murray and Arsenio Hall (June 19, 7:30 p.m.), “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a 2017 film that exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story (June 20, 7:30) and “Fist City: Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41” (June 26, 8 p.m.).

The Alamo Drafthouse Denver will help KGNU celebrate 40 years of independent community radio with a screening of “Pirate Radio.” The 2009 film, which originally was titled “The Boat That Rocked,” will be preceded by a short documentary about the station (June 30, 8 p.m.). All proceeds from the screening benefit KGNU.

Among the films playing in July are “Empire of the Dark,” which the Alamo Drafthouse describes as “the greatest achievement that a middle-aged dad has ever achieved” (July 10, 9 p.m.) and “Wayne’s World” with a special appearance by the film’s director Penelope Spheeris (July 28, 9 p.m.).

For details on these and other special screenings or to see what box office hits are playing at the Alamo Drafthouse, visit

“The Arsonists” Premiering At Benchmark Theatre

The Benchmark Theatre presents the regional premier of “The Arsonists,” which will run from June 22 through July 21. According Deb Miller with DC Metro Theatre Arts, “The Arsonists” is a father-daughter tale of grief, loss and redemption. Inspired by the Greek tragedy “Electra,” this play with music is a contemporary American myth that explores the relationship between parent and child in that small space between death and life, the last breath before the awakening.

For information or tickets, visit

Rodents’ Comedy For A Cause On July 7

The Rodents of Unusual Size has scheduled its monthly Comedy for a Cause show for July 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grange in Wheat Ridge, 3850 High Court. The show is free, a $5 donation is suggested. (Families with three or more pay only $15 total.)

At press, the benefitting organization is to be announced, so check their website for updates