Studio-C adds to screenings, upgrades equipment in Cornelius

This summer, Studio-C Cinema, at the Cornelius Arts Center, will expand the number of screenings to provide both a wider range of films and wider choice of dates.

Studio-C also will upgrade its equipment with a new surround-sound system and permanent Blu-Ray DVD player.

To be able to continue the free before-the-movie social reception with popcorn, snacks, and beer and wine tastings, and because film distributor prices have increased, ticket prices will go up by $2. Ticket prices including state tax are now $10.70 for Cornelius residents and $11.70 for others, according to www.studioccinema.com.

To save some money, patrons can become a “Friend of Studio-C Cinema.” Membership entitles you to purchase a pack of 10 tickets and save $1 per ticket. The price is $97.50 for resdients and $107.50 for others. You’ll also receive priority ticketing and seating for special events and programs, and you’ll be helping sustain the arts in Cornelius.

All films begin at 7 p.m. Films coming up:

• June 27 (a date change): “Tim’s Vermeer,” the documentary about how Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) could paint so photo-realistically.

• July 12 and 13: The 50th anniversary restoration in 5.1-channel surround sound and new 4K digital restoration of “A Hard Day’s Night,” starring The Beatles.

• Aug. 2: “The Lunch Box,” from India, about a housewife who prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to her husband at work, but it is delivered to another office worker.

• Aug. 16 and 17: The BBC I historical drama “37 Days,” a three-hour mini-series based on events before the start of World War I. Since the screening is donated by the BBC to cinema art houses in the USA as a fundraiser, admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Reserved seating required; call 704-996-7724.

• Sept. 6 and 7: The independent documentary “Brasslands,” in which half a million music fans descend on a Serbian village for the world’s largest trumpet competition.

After each film there will still be conversations with local filmmakers, as well as more educational and co-operative opportunities.

If you can spare a couple of hours a month to help at screenings, send an email to studioccinema@gmail.com . Volunteers receive free admission to screenings and recognition on the “Friends” lists.