Independent film matters. Without it, millions of creative and artistic voices would be silenced and the richness of the movie-going experience would be lost. Over the last several decades, the folks behind The Fine Arts Group have been honored to bring you the joy of film and the movie-going experience.
And now we're asking for your help. We consider filme to be an essential and critical part of the Kansas City and nation-wide culture. If you do too, we're asking for you to help us survive these unprecedented times. We all know art is critical and provides a much-needed escape from reality as well as acts as the vehicle for change and reason within an active society.
If you value all that film and the filmmakers and artists behind it represent, please donate today.
If you'd prefer to donate via mail, you can do by sending us a check to: 3859 W. 95th St. Overland Park, KS 66206. If you have any questions, please call us at: 913-642-1132
We at the Fine Arts theatres have enjoyed being a part of your community for nearly 40 years.
We are excited to be able to remain connected to you through our new virtual screenings as well as the latest and finest in art/independent film that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own
home. Partial proceeds from ticket sales for these virtual screenings will go toward operating expenses for the Glenwood and Rio. It's just another way that we can connect remotely until
we open our doors again for our cherished guests. Be sure to check back weekly as the list of films is updated. Enjoy the show from the comfort of the best seat in town.
--Management, The Fine Arts Group
A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, BEATS follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together.
Tracing the story of Ella Fitzgerald’s life, this documentary explores how her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century. From a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, the film follows Ella’s extraordinary journey across 5 decades as she reflects the passions and troubles of the times in her music and her life. Moving beyond conventional biopic, the film uses images and music to evoke the feel of those times so as to bring to life the context of Ella’s unique career, featuring interviews from Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Bennett, Andre Previn, Jamie Callum, Norma Miller, and more.
“An elliptical look at hard changes in a young man's life” (John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter), THE LAST TREE is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi (as a child played by newcomer Tai Golding), a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother. In his teens, Femi (Sam Adewunmi) is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. Femi must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London during the early 00s. Going back home to Nigeria with his mum to find his Nigerian roots will help adolescent Femi find grounding and hope for a better future.
My dad once told me, when I was a young man, many years ago that as you travel down the path of life find something you love to do and life will be a wonderful journey. Well, I hit the jackpot with movies, as movies are my life and have been for 38 years. We have hit a major stumbling block with this COVID-19 pandemic and the future of the Fine Arts theaters is very uncertain since closing their doors on March 17. COVID-19 has devastated small businesses like the Fine Arts and we would like to be one that survives. We currently are personally funding all of our expenses to maintain our employees, utilities, etc. We are asking for financial support from you so that we can survive this interruption in our business. It can be something small like the price of a movie ticket or more if you can. Thank you for your help. I am looking forward to the smell of fresh popcorn and seeing the faces of our long loyal supporters soon.
When we were children, Brian and I would make money by hunting for nightcrawlers in our yard and selling them to the local trading post for a penny a piece. We used those earnings to go to the movies, of course! In those early days we learned the value of hard work and the value of a dollar.
In these tough economic times, those dollars are precious commodities, and all of us are keeping a close eye on where ours are going. But even the most dedicated worker striving to make those dollars stretch needs help every now and then. That's why I'm asking for your assistance in keeping our theaters open. Your monetary donation will keep the theater's lights on, its projectors running, and its employees paid.
I'd like to personally thank you for your support, and to assure you that we will get through this together.
I hope to see you at the movies soon.
I came to the Fine Arts theatres from a different background than most. I've known what living in extreme poverty is like, and I have firsthand experience with a litany of health problems, and with living as one of the many homeless people in America. Despite this, I'm blessed to also possess experience in digital media, management and leadership, all of which I've been able to use in my role as general manager of the Glenwood Arts and the Rio. Here, I've been given the tools to grow as a person and as a professional. I like to think of the Mossmans, of our employees, and of our guests as extended family members. We've all been through trying times, but none like this. I hope you'll join me in doing your part to support this wonderful business however you are able. My humble thanks in advance to you.
This beautiful piano needs a new home and we can't think of a better time to offer it to you, our Fine Arts Group family, than now. If you'd like more information on how you can own a piece of Fine Arts Group history and bring generations of joy and music to your home, contact us today.