The closing of Cinebarre left a bit of a movie void in Asheville. Asheville Pizza is now the only second-run theater and that’s way on the north side of town and has but a single screen. The Carmike and the fading Beaucatcher are out by the mall (ugh). Regal Biltmore Grande is out in the tony Biltmore Park area and is our fancy theater for the latest releases. Carolina Cinemas (south of Asheville) and the Fine Arts theater (downtown) are Asheville’s venues for art, foreign, and independent film.
Enter The Grail Moviehouse, a new two-screen, 250 seat theater in downtown Asheville.
“THE GRAIL MOVIEHOUSE IS AN INDEPENDENT, LOCALLY OWNED THEATER,
SCREENING ART AND INDEPENDENT FILMS, LOCALLY PRODUCED CONTENT,
CLASSICS, AND A REGULAR ROTATION OF CINEMATIC SURPRISES.”
The Fine Arts theater downtown already shows art and foreign films but, with only two screens, there should be more than enough movies to go around. Of course I am most intrigued by The Grail Moviehouse’s intention to show classic movies. They have an ad for an old favorite on their website:
They have a nice two and a half minute sizzle reel showing the theater being built on their blog (accessible from the website). Concession-wise The Grail Moviehouse will have the necessary traditional favorites but they also plan to reach out to local venues to round out their menu.
I am very much looking forward to opening day sometime in 2016.
“Movies people love for people who love movies.”