Special Events


Sep 21
Friday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Matt & the laugh gang! - NOW - 75m approx - Only $7 for all of it! MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER!

Headliner Luis Powell!!

Currently based out of Albuquerque Nm,Luis is a young comedian with an honest and hilarious style, known for his quick wit and ability to come up with material on the spot. Luis worked his way up from open mic comic to working comedian in just 5 months at Laffs comedy club (Albuquerque NM). His brand of comedy has left the crowds in stitches working places like Laffs comedy café(Albuquerque NM) Loonees Comedy Club(Colorado Springs, CO) IMPROV Comedy Clubs (Miami/Kansas City),Stanford & Sons Comedy Club (Kansas City) He has also placed well in several stand up competitions around the country including first place in the Great South West Laugh Off, Comic of the Year at Stanford and Sons(Kansas City,Winner of Improv KC Comedian of the year just to name a few . Luis has worked with various headlining comedians like Damon Wayans,Demetrius Martin,Doug Stanhope,Tony Rock, John Henton,Tiffany Haddish and various others. You can be sure that an evening with Luis will be if anything else entertaining.

Featuring Greg Ziomek!!

Greg is a friendly-faced comedian from Albuquerque, NM. His material ranges from whimsically absurd to dark and insightful. He has opened for April Richardson, Brad Silnutzer, Will Spottedbear, Kristin Rand, Mara Wiles, and performed in the 2017 What A Joke: National Comedy Festival. He runs a monthly house show called Greg’s Comedy Friendship and co-hosts a weekly open mic called Tuesday Homie Hangout. He was recently voted Best Local Comedian in the Weekly Alibi’s Best of Burque 2018. Greg can be seen telling jokes in bars, breweries, theaters, and clubs all over the southwest.

Hosted by Matt Peterson 

Matt is a comedian and actor from Albuquerque whose comedy goals are simple.... make you laugh! His quick wit and fun demeanor make him audience favorite. Matt draws from his life experiences and absurd point of view.

He's performed in comedy clubs, casinos, colleges and theaters all around the southwest and beyond! Matt has worked with Tig Notaro, Marc Maron, Doug Stanhope, Dave Ross, Alex Ortiz, Troy Baxley and Steven Michael Quezada!

Matt was voted one of the best comedians in the city in the Albuquerque?s Weekly Alibi's 2007 and 2014 'Best of Burque' issue and featured in the "Comedy issue" of ABQ the Magazine in 2009! Matt was also voted one of the top comedians in 2014, 2015 and 2016 "Best of the City" 

Matt is the founder of the Why The Long Face Comedy Tour.  Wtlfcomedy.com

In 2011, he was cast as a lead role in the comedy film, The Bigfoot Election. In 2014 Matt co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the upcoming comedy film "Abe Makes A Movie"! He has had roles on In Plain Sight, Netflix series Longmire, ABC?s Killer Women, WGN?s Manhattan and AMC's Preacher and recently in Better Call Saul!  He was a guest comedian on three episodes of NBC's After After Party with Breaking Bad's Steven Michael Quezada! 


Crown and Anchor - A Blazing New Punk Rock Drama!

Sep 22
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Andrew Rowe - 2018 - 120m - No Matinees

An intense slow-burn drama about the effects of childhood trauma delivered with a blistering punk/hardcore soundtrack (GORILLA BUSCUITS, YOUTH OF TODAY PROJECT X, LILIPUT/KLEENEX, X-RAY SPEX & more!) with the intensity of a punch to the gut.   A raw look at the effects of childhood trauma through the eyes of two estranged cousins.  Starring Michael Rowe, Matt Wells, Natalie Brown, & Stephen McHattie. 

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Zap - a new doc on Ruth Zaporah of ACTION THEATER IMPROVISATION!

Sep 22 to Sep 23
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Deborah Fort - 2018 - 60m - No Matinees


How do we live rich and meaningful lives? How do we find the passions that sustain us? Ruth started dancing as soon as she could walk and, 80 years later, she is still performing and sharing her creative innovations. Zap explores the creative spirit and process through the life and work of Ruth Zaporah, founder, performer and teacher of Action Theater Improvisation.

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Bad Reputation: The Joan Jett Documentary!

Sep 26 to Sep 27
Wednesday 7pm only / Thursday 5pm, 7pm

Dir. Kevin Kerslake - 2018 - 94m - No Matinees

It’s true, Joan Jett became mega-famous from the number-one hit "I Love Rock n Roll," but thats only part of the story. That fame intensified with the music video’s endless play on MTV, world tours and many hits to follow like "I Hate Myself for Loving You," but that staple of popularity can’t properly define a musician. Jett put her hard work in long before the fame, ripping it up onstage as the backbone of the hard-rock legends The Runaways, starting her record label out of the trunk of a car after being rejected by 23 labels, and influencing many musicians—both her cohort of punk rockers and generations of younger bands—with her no-bullshit style. Bad Reputation gives you a wild ride as Jett and her close friends tell you how it really was in the burgeoning ’70s punk scene and the rocky road to rock stardom decades on. Their interviews are laced with amazing archival footage. The theme is clear: Even though people tried to define Jett, she never compromised. She will kick your ass, and you’ll love her all the more for it.

“Certainly a good film that will entertain hardcore fans and those unfamiliar with Jett's music. Joan Jett truly is a remarkable human being.” - Anthony Ray Bench, Film Threat

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The Medicine in Marijuana

Sep 29
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Ben Daitz & Ned Judge - 2018 - Ben Daitz and N - ONLY $7 - CAST & CREW IN PERSON!


This year, 55 million Americans will spend about 55 billion dollars on the medicine in marijuana. In 31 states and the District of Columbia, they will use it for a myriad of medical conditions. They will depend on so-called bud-tenders to give them anecdotal advice about the frequency and dosage of cannabis, a plant with over 400 different chemical molecules, and still classified as a schedule 1 drug, having no medical use and a high potential for abuse.

It’s a cannabis conundrum---a messy mix of medicine, policy and politics, and, in the interest of the public’s health, the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) was tasked with looking at the science--- the evidence for the use of marijuana as medicine. The NAS’s 2017 report is the best information we have about what we know, and what we don’t.

“The Medicine in Marijuana” takes it from there. Chronic pain, cancer, PTSD, and epilepsy are the most common conditions for which people use medical marijuana, and we tell their stories, and those of the practitioners and researchers involved in their care: an infant with unremitting seizures; a man with an inoperable cancer; a woman with chronic pain; a veteran of 5 tours of duty with PTSD.

Across centuries and cultures, people have told stories about the healing powers of cannabis, but the plural of anecdote is not evidence. Now, the science is catching up with the stories, and The Medicine in Marijuana tells it like it is.    

**To be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and others!**

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Sacred Land, Sacred Water: Confluences in the Rio Grande Valley

Sep 30
Sunday 1:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Lewis Jacobs / Producer Craig Barth - 2018 - 53m - ALL SEATS $10 - A Common Ground Rising co-sponsored event & benefit screening!


“A celebration of the soul of New Mexico!” - District 1 Sandoval County Commissioner, James Holden-Rhodes

The story of science and citizens working together to resist the oil and gas lobby's ongoing efforts to pass a fracking-friendly ordinance in Sandoval County, New Mexico - threatening the sole drinking water aquifer for the entire population of the greater Albuquerque area from Cochiti Lake to Belen.

Inspired by the geologist and best selling author, Donald T. Phillips, this documentary includes interviews of concerned citizens, clips of public testimony, and a highly illustrated presentation of the subsurface geology of the Rio Grande Rift as well as of the techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking. Animated sequences demonstrate the dangers fracking poses to the one, continuous aquifer underlying the entire Albuquerque Basin which provides 85% of the drinking water to its nearly one million residents

Illuminated throughout SACRED LAND, SACRED WATER are the confluences unique to the Rio Grande Valley. In addition to emphasizing the confluence of our water with the unique subsurface geological formations, the film highlights our region's enduring cultures - our Native American, Spanish, and European traditions, each contributing distinct influences in faith and spirit, architecture and the arts, song and dance, science and technology, and more to the beating heart of our Valley. Integral to the conflux of water, geology and cultures, our thriving local food movement is featured actively supporting the healthy confluence of the Earth and all living beings within the Rio Grande ecosystem. 

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MOTO 10 - A New Mexico Premiere!

Oct 1
Monday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Dominick Russo & Jason Plough - 2018 - 60m approx. - Filmmakers in Person! - ALL SEATS $15


MOTO 10 The Movie is coming to Albuquerque, NM October 1st! Come be the first to see MOTO 10 and its ground breaking footage. A film that rewrites the moto playbook, with the biggest jumps, the gnarliest tracks, and some of the most remote locations a motorcycle has ever touched. Starring some of the worlds top motorcycle riders like Brayton, Forkner, Hill, Decotis, Brown, Strong, Sheehan, Hill, D. Abbott, C. Abbott, Rookstool, DiFrancesco, Strong, Sheehan and many more. 

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The Ladykillers - the original Ealing Studios 1955 classic!

Oct 6 to Oct 7
Saturday and Sunday at 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Alexander Mackendrick - 1955 - 91m - An ABQ FILM CLUB co-throw! All seats just $5

Starring  Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom and Danny Green!

Music professor Alec Guinness rents a London flat from sweet old lady Katie Johnson. He tells her that, from time to time, several other musicians will visit in order to rehearse. In truth, Guinness can't play a note, nor can his visitors: he's a criminal mastermind, holding court over a gang of thieves, including the likes of punkish Peter Sellers, homicidal Herbert Lom and punchdrunk Danny Green. The gang uses Guinness' flat as headquarters as they conceive a daring 60,000 pound robbery. After pulling off the job, the gang stuffs the loot in a railway station locker. To avoid detection, Guinness convinces the ever-trusting Johnson to pick up the money. Through a series of comic complications, Johnson returns home with a police escort, with neither the woman nor the bobbies suspecting that she's carrying a fortune in her suitcase. Mistakenly believing that Johnson has ratted on them, the gang reluctantly plans to eliminate her. The Ladykillers won an Oscar nomination for William Rose's screenplay, and a BFA award for veteran character actress Johnson.

“One of the great Ealing comedies of the 1950s.” - Kate Muir, Times (UK)

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Dark Money - ENCORES

Oct 9 to Oct 11
Tuesday to Saturday 6pm NIGHTLY!

Dir. Kimberly Reed - 2018 - 98m - No Matinees

This Sundance award winning political thriller doc examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold.



“ENGROSSING” - The New York Times

“Smart, scary political documentary…as gripping as any John Grisham thriller.” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Best of all is the reveal, featuring twists and turns worthy of Ellery Queen, of how the people behind the crash-and-burn attack ads were exposed” - LOS ANGELES TIMES

“FOUR STARS! A political thriller, complete with crusading reporters, suddenly discovered caches of incriminating documents, and courtroom climaxes” – CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

“Dark Money” unravels like a mystery film, a ‘whodunit’ documentary of sorts that centers around a local investigative journalist’s efforts to follow the money and expose the truth behind instances of anonymous, or “dark” money influencing Republican primaries in the state.” – NBC NEWS

“Timely, intelligent and well-made expose. Every voter should see this.” – THE MERCURY NEWS

“One of the most important films in years.” – BAY AREA REPORTER 

“Seeing this film might the best and most illuminating two hours you can spend in front a screen this summer.”  - THE BALTIMORE SUN

“Engrossing, lucid, and unsettling. Suspense of a top-notch courtroom drama.  A microcosm of what real citizens united can accomplish.” - THE BOSTON GLOBE

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Oct 19 to Oct 20
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Jim Sharman - 1975 - 100m - Tickets are $25 ($20 for your ticket, $5 for a prop bag)


Another chance to re-live a classic that you'll never forget!  PRIDE & EQUALITY MAGAZINE presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show for its fifth year. A full cast and props will be provided to make your Rocky experience something truly amazing. Costumes are always encouraged and make sure you yell out as audience participation is always encouraged.

It's the weird and wonderful as newly engaged couple Brad and Janet (Susan Sarandon) encounter a problem when their car halts in the rain. They both look for contact only to find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) a transvestite. A place to stay is offered, but will Brad and Janet want to remain there? Especially when a large group of Transylvanians dance to the 'Time Warp', Dr. Frank-N-Furter builds his own man and a whole host of participation for the audience to enjoy.

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AIA Film Challenge: A Blueprint for Better with Discussion

Oct 25
Thursday 7pm

Dir. various - 2018 - 120m total

NOTE:  The AIA movie nights are free with a ticket!  Tickets are distributed at our box office on a "First come, First served" basis beginning at 5:00.  Doors open around 6:30pm and the movie will start at 7:00 pm with introductions!

The 2018 AIA Film Challenge invited architects and filmmakers to collaborate in telling stories of architects, civic leaders, and their communities working together toward positive community impact, creating a Blueprint for Better. Participants produced, shot, and edited 3 to 5 minute documentary-style short films showcasing their story to win prizes, distribution at film festivals, and exposure, as well as partner film and architecture organizations.  AIA Albuquerque will view groups of submitted clips and ask the audience to participate in a lively moderated conversation.

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Over The Edge - as part of the

Oct 26 to Oct 27
Friday and Saturday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Jonathan Kaplan - 1979 - 95m - No Matinees



Return to the pre-Internet days of 1979, when teens had KISS on their T-shirts and Led Zeppelin on their walls (wait, other than the high-waisted pants, that could be today). Richie (Matt Dillon in an electrifying debut) and Carl (Michael Kramer) are two such teens stuck in the planned community of New Granada (rural Colorado). Richie is a two-bit hood in Jackie Earle Haley (Bad News Bears) mode. Carl, his partner in mischief (breaking curfew, setting off firecrackers), comes from a more stable environment. Once a gun enters the picture, petty crime leads to tragedy and then apocalyptic revenge. Over the Edge gets the details right: the kids, the era, and their frustration with an uncomprehending adult world. The period-perfect soundtrack ups the ante with potent tracks from Cheap Trick, the Ramones, and the Cars.

“A sensitive and deceptively shocking portrait of middle-class decadence and alienation set against an impersonal, dehumanized, futuristic Sunbelt society.” - Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe

“Script, photography and performances (including Dillon before he decided to become a teenage Stallone) are all top notch, while Kaplan directs with pace, imagination, and a fine ear for dialogue and music.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

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River's Edge - as part of the

Oct 26 to Oct 27
Friday and Saturday 4:45, 9:30

Dir. Tim Hunter - 1987 - 99m - No Matinees



Based on the horrifying real-life murder of a young California girl, this powerful portrait of deadly, disaffected teens stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), Crispin Glover (Back to the Future), lone Skye (Say Anything…), Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive) and Dennis Hopper (Blue Velvet). On the bank of a river lies the naked body of a brutally murdered young girl. At the nearby high school, Samson (Roebuck) brags to Matt (Reeves) and his friends about how he killed her. Drunk and stoned, the doubting teens trudge to the river and discover that he isn't lying. And oddly, they decide to protect Samson behind a loyal wall of secrecy. Tormented with guilt, Matt questions their silence... and suddenly finds himself in a troubling position: should he do what he thinks is right, or should he keep quiet and live with this demon for the rest of his life? Cult director Tim Hunter (The Saint of Fort Washington) helmed this haunting and chilling tale about disillusioned youth. 

“Disturbing, overlooked, excellent film.” - Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum

“One of the most haunting films of the 1980s, River's Edge looks at a suburban, postpunk generation which has no causes, no morals, no feelings, and, worst of all, no future.” - TV Guide

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Blood Feast - the original Herschel Gordon Lewis 1963 Splatter Classic!

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Tuesday 9pm / Wednesday 7pm

Dir. Herschel Gordon Lewis - 1963 - 67m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special - Only $5 to check this insanity out & in!


The filmography of late movie maverick Herschell Gordon Lewis brims with the mad, macabre, and just downright bizarre. But perhaps the most unhinged of all his directorial efforts, and certainly the most influential, must surely be his original gore-fest Blood Feast the first ever splatter movie.

Dorothy Fremont is looking to throw a party unlike any other, and she gets just that when she hires the decidedly sinister Fuad Ramses to cater the event. Promising to provide her guests with an authentic Egyptian feast, Ramses promptly sets about acquiring the necessary ingredients the body parts of nubile young women!

Featuring a host of stomach-churning gore gags including the infamous tongue sequence and much more nastiness besides, Herschell Gordon Lewis Blood Feast more than lives up to its name and remains essential viewing for any self-respecting splatter fan.

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Two Thousand Maniacs! - the original Herschel Gordon Lewis 1964 Depraved Classic!

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Tuesday 7pm / Wednesday 9pm

Dir. Herschel Gordon Lewis - 1964 - 83m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special - Only $5 to check this insanity out & in!


After shocking and outraging the world with his genre-defining 1963 gore-fest Blood Feast, exploitation pioneer H.G. Lewis would seek (and positively succeed!) to outdo himself with the deliciously depraved Two Thousand Maniacs!

When a group of Yankee tourists take a detour and wind up in the small Southern town of Pleasant Valley which has magically rematerialized 100 years after its destruction during the Civil War they find themselves welcomed by the eager townsfolk as guests of honour at their centennial celebrations. Little do the Northerners know that the festivities are set to include torture, death and dismemberment...

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