the spirit of the times
(image and additional info from http://classyeats.blogspot.com/2010/01/magic-lantern-spokane.html)
SPECIAL SKILLS: $3 bottomless popcorn. There is nothing else to be said. Perfection achieved.
Owner Joe Davis discovered the Magic Lantern in the nick of time - after showing a short at the theater in 2008, he discovered that the Lantern was to be no more. Instead of mourning his newfound love by crying on public transit like a normal person, he took it upon himself to revamp the theater. Despite being in the middle of his med school residency, Davis took over the theater in 2009. Now friendlier to post-and-pre-film socializing, the theater sports an intimate coffee lounge - outfitted with a pretty delicious snack selection (exhibit A: COOKIES). They serve DOMA espresso and chocolate-covered espresso beans - a must if you’re competing the 50-hour Slam (a film-making competition) hosted there. In addition to the 50-hour slam, the Magic Lantern hosts the Spokane International Film Festival and Spokane’s Jewish Film Festival.
We’ve only heard great things about Joe and the Magic Lantern. If you’re in Spokane, pop by and tell us what you think of the place! For more info, see the Magic Lantern’s website.
ELENA opens there this week!