Black Hole Cinematheque
1038 24th Street,
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Created in June 2011, a new neighborhood microcinema/film archive here to destroy lines between art and life, concepts of objective reality, boredom, entertainment, and whatever else needs smashing, while trying to foster a community of mutants and ‘free thinkers’.
We are located in Oakland at the corner of 24th Street and Linden Street, in a building constructed in 1910 as a ‘house of the lord’, hence the buildings namesake (the church) and the old paint-chipped sign out front reading ‘peace and justice, b.c.’
Shows are always free and open to the public
Seating averages about 40 to 50 ‘proper’ seats and much more floor space for sitting or sprawling (cushions may or may not be provided)
If you get bored by what you see on the screen feel free to go and catch a smoke in our huge bamboo lined backyard, or feel free to leave or save your opinion till after the movie is over. We are interested in developing viewing movies as a cultural-conversation, but just understand that in every good conversation there are times to listen and times to speak, please consider the time the movie is playing the time to listen, afterwards the ‘floor will be open’.
Basically all we ask is that you respect the movie we show enough to not talk through them. Violators will be ejected and publicly embarrassed.
People interested in setting up a screening should call our phone number listed.
We are a film centric theatre and all showings include at least a few bits of celluloid beauty for your viewing pleasure if the entire screening isn’t in fact on film (16mm & Super 8mm). Video art shot on video is respected equally as a native art form here though, of course. We also believe that film transferred to video can be used as an important tool of study and gives us a unique opportunity to share an otherwise often financially prohibitive mode of experience (seeing film art projected in a theatre) in a free (as all art should be) and hopefully freeing atmosphere. We believe however that this form of reproduction, even at it’s best is in itself similar to a reproduced picture of a painting in a book and cannot stand up to the beauty of the painting itself. The texture and luminous vision must be seen in it’s native form to truly be understood. In this age of neophyte totalitarianism, where we are given a copy of a copy of a copy and told newer is better, we would like to question that and to sound a call un-nostalgically in support of native forms and this ‘regressive’ technology.
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