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The Sundance Film Festival is synonymous with Park City. However, few people realize that Park City’s love of independent film continues year-round with the Park City Film Series (PCFS). A grassroots art-house movie theatre run by an enthusiastic nonprofit board, the PCFS has been a closely guarded locals’ secret for over 20 years.

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, September through June, Parkites (and savvy tourists) gather at the Jim Santy Auditorium (1255 Park Ave), to enjoy current, highly acclaimed independent films—many of which premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and then later go on to be nominated for Oscars. However, these films screen at the Park City Film Series well before they’re honored at the Academy Awards.

And it’s not just the movies that keep people coming back; the Park City Film Series puts its own unique spin on the big-screen experience. For example, patrons are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own bowl) to fill with all-you-can-eat fresh popcorn, which you can doctor up yourself with real melted butter and toppings from an abundant seasonings bar. Plus, the pre-movie entertainment includes raffles of fun items donated by local merchants and screenings of quirky shorts and commercials produced by up-and-coming local filmmakers.

Started in the early 1990s as a branch of the Park City Arts Council, the Park City Film Series eventually spun off as its own entity with a mission of presenting “the best of feature, documentary, and world and local cinema; making film a vibrant part of Park City.” Aside from screening a full schedule of independent films, PCFS also heads up other community programs, such as its recently created family-friendly series, Books 2 Movies. Partnering with the Park City Library, the series shows children’s films that have been adapted from popular children’s literature.

Screenings change every weekend. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. on Sundays. Books 2 Movies free screenings are on the first Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. Check out  for a complete movie schedule and ticket prices. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance on the website. 

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