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downtown partnership
August 28, 2015  to  September 10, 2015
$6 per person
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 87mins

In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain's perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world's toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly declined into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Despite making it to within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey, like everyone before them, was not a successful one. Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark's Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than their first attempt. MERU is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature's harshest elements and one's complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights. (C) Music Box Films

Friday, August 28....................................................7:30
Saturday, August 29.............................3:30, 5:30, 7:30
Sunday, August 30.................................3:30, 5:30, 7:30
Monday, August 31.......................................5:30, 7:30
Tuesday, September 1............................................5:30
Wednesday, September 2..............................5:30, 7:30
Thursday, September 3...........................................1:30
Friday, September 4..........................................5:30, 7:30
Saturday, September 5......................................NO FILMS
Sunday, September 6.................................3:30, 5:30, 7:30
Monday, September 7................................3:30, 5:30, 7:30
Tuesday, September 8.................................................5:30
Wednesday, September 9..................................5:30, 7:30
Thursday, September 10.....................................5:30, 7:30
The Cokeville Miracle
September 05, 2015 6:00 pm
$7.50 per person
To purchase tickets please call 970-628-5798 or stop by Atwood Prosthodontics 1317 N 3rd St, Grand Junction, CO 81501
A special Q & A session with the lead investigator Ron Hartley and actor Jasen Wade will be held following the film.
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material including violence and peril
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family
Run Time: 1hr 34mins

From T.C. Christensen comes The Cokeville Miracle, the remarkable true story of a town facing a terrible tragedy, and the Sheriff's investigator who struggles with his faith as he gathers evidence that defies easy explanation. Cokeville Wyoming, a town of just over 500 people that sits near the Utah-Idaho border, is not known for much beyond it's strong family values, but in 1986 Cokeville made national headlines when a madman and his wife entered the elementary school with guns and bomb. They gathered over 100 children and teachers into a small room, and made a demand: $200 million dollars for the lives of the children-but then the bomb went off... The Cokeville Miracle is not just the story of a hostage crisis, or a terror attack on American soil. It is not just the story of a bomb that could have destroyed an entire generation, and ripped a town apart. The Cokeville Miracle is about what happened instead. How did a bomb that should have leveled the room take only two lives that day, the madman and his wife? Each child, each adult who made it out of that room has a story to tell. Follow the Sheriff's investigator Ron Hartley as he pieces together the evidence, including stories of prayer and divine intervention from multiple witnesses. Gather the evidence and decide for yourself. Do you see coincidence, or do you see miracles?(C) Official SiteTo purchase tickets please call 970-628-5798 or stop by Atwood Prosthodontics 1317 N 3rd St, Grand Junction, CO 81501
Dinner & A Movie- Terminator: Genisys
September 08, 2015 7:30pm
$6 per person without a dinner receipt
Every Tuesday enjoy dinner at any Downtown Grand Junction Restaurant and bring your receipt to the Avalon for two (2) free admissions to the 7:30pm movie.

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sc-fi violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity and brief strong language)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Run Time: 1 hr. 59 mins.

James Cameron's sci-fi classic gets rebooted in this Paramount production designed as the first installment in a new trilogy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Dinner & A Movie- On the Waterfront
September 15, 2015 7:30pm
$6 per person without a dinner receipt
Every Tuesday enjoy dinner at any Downtown Grand Junction Restaurant and bring your receipt to the Avalon for two (2) free admissions to the 7:30pm movie.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Run Time: 1 hr. 48 mins.

This classic story of Mob informers was based on a number of true stories and filmed on location in and around the docks of New York and New Jersey. Mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) rules the waterfront with an iron fist. The police know that he's been responsible for a number of murders, but witnesses play deaf and dumb ("plead D & D"). Washed-up boxer Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) has had an errand-boy job because of the influence of his brother Charley, a crooked union lawyer (Rod Steiger). Witnessing one of Friendly's rub-outs, Terry is willing to keep his mouth shut until he meets the dead dockworker's sister, Edie (Eva Marie Saint). "Waterfront priest" Father Barry (Karl Malden) tells Terry that Edie's brother was killed because he was going to testify against boss Friendly before the crime commission. Because he could have intervened, but didn't, Terry feels somewhat responsible for the death. When Father Barry receives a beating from Friendly's goons, Terry is persuaded to cooperate with the commission. Featuring Brando's famous "I coulda been a contendah" speech, On the Waterfront has often been seen as an allegory of "naming names" against suspected Communists during the anti-Communist investigations of the 1950s. Director Elia Kazan famously informed on suspected Communists before a government committee -- unlike many of his colleagues, some of whom went to prison for refusing to "name names" and many more of whom were blacklisted from working in the film industry for many years to come -- and Budd Schulberg's screenplay has often been read as an elaborate defense of the informer's position. On the Waterfront won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Brando, and Best Supporting Actress for Saint. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Dinner & A Movie- To Kill a Mockingbird
September 22, 2015 7:30pm
$6 per person without a dinner receipt
Every Tuesday enjoy dinner at any Downtown Grand Junction Restaurant and bring your receipt to the Avalon for two (2) free admissions to the 7:30pm movie.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Run Time: 2 hr. 10 mins.

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962 by Horton Foote and the producer/director team of Robert Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula. Set a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham). While Robinson's trial gives the film its momentum, there are plenty of anecdotal occurrences before and after the court date: Scout's ever-strengthening bond with older brother Jem (Philip Alford), her friendship with precocious young Dill Harris (a character based on Lee's childhood chum Truman Capote and played by John Megna), her father's no-nonsense reactions to such life-and-death crises as a rampaging mad dog, and especially Scout's reactions to, and relationship with, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall in his movie debut), the reclusive "village idiot" who turns out to be her salvation when she is attacked by a venomous bigot. To Kill a Mockingbird won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Peck), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
GJ Film Fest
September 24, 2015
The Grand Junction Film Festival has become a draw for filmmakers from all over the world. Only in its second year, GJFF has seen its fair share of thought-provoking and engaging films from many different countries of origin.
This film festival differs from others in the western region because of how accessible it has become for filmmakers to screen their work. Whether a student film or an intimate work created by a seasoned filmmaker, GJFF stands out amongst the others because of how it gathers submissions: no rules, no regulations and the winner is completely decided by the audience in attendance.
The call for entries is ALWAYS open. If the roster is full for the year you are wanting to screen, we will automatically keep your film for next year's consideration. The Grand Junction Film Festival will continue to grow, and it's the work of our filmmakers that will make each year better than the last!
Enjoy Church and Monumental Events Presents: Jon Foreman
September 28, 2015 Reserved Seating: $20-$35
Door Open @ 6:00pm
Show @ 7:00pm

Foreman is far more thoughtful and musically literate than you might imagine the bouncing figure behind the noise of Switchfoot to be. His current reading matter is Man’s Search for Meaning by the Austrian psychologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl along with a book about dysfunctional relationships. He studied the Japanese kodo while at college and composed ‘In Love’ on its Chinese equivalent, the guzheng. Some people write songs to get famous or gain respect. Foreman writes songs to understand himself.
“I write questioning songs, he says. “I’m interested in reading philosophy and trying to figure things out. The melodies come to me quite easily so it’s the poets, philosophers and psalmists that help me pout the melodies where they belong. The songs assist me in the challenge of knowing who I am, so the shoulders of great writers are a good place to start.”
Foreman has allowed himself to become so available that his songs are now being covered before he’s even released them. Many of his impromptu concerts are already on YouTube. Not that he minds. “It makes it more of a communal event,” he argues. “I’m all about community. I love it when music becomes something bigger than one voice singing.”
He has no idea where the venture will end. He didn’t even plan for the tracks to be released. Part of his inspiration has come from hanging out with Nickel Creek and learning about roots music, part from listening to old favorites like James Taylor, Elliott Smith and Nick Drake. Another side venture is a record with Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins, a duo currently cheekily known as The Real SeanJon.

Please visit his website for more information at www.jonforeman.com
Dinner & A Movie- Tomorrowland
September 29, 2015 7:30pm
$6 per person without a dinner receipt
Every Tuesday enjoy dinner at any Downtown Grand Junction Restaurant and bring your receipt to the Avalon for two (2) free admissions to the 7:30pm movie. For a list of participating restaurants please call 970-263-5700.

Rating: PG (for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Run Time: 1 hr. 47 mins.

From Disney comes two-time Oscar (R) winner Brad Bird's riveting, mystery adventure "Tomorrowland," starring Academy Award (R) winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland." What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever. Featuring a screenplay by "Lost" writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, "Tomorrowland" promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.(C) Walt Disney
Russian Grand Ballet Presents Swan Lake
October 01, 2015 Doors Open @ 6pm Show @ 7pm
$25.20 to $68.00
Tickets are available online at TicketsWest.com, by phone at 866-464-2626, or in person at the City Market stores.

The Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Avalon Theatre Thursday, October 1 at 7pm (doors at 6:00pm). This full-length classic production of the world’s most famous ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, features Russia’s brightest ballet stars.

Swan Lake (from1895), together with The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, forms part of the big three of Russian nineteenth century ballets. Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, together with choreographer Marius Petipa, raised both ballet music and dance as an art form to new heights with this piece.

There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences.

For more information please visit www.russiangrandballet.com
Sandstone Concerts Presents: Don McLean
November 06, 2015 Reserved Seating: $49 & $29

Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie“,”Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “Castles in the Air”, “And I Love You So” and “Crying”. Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna’s No. 1 recording of “American Pie” in 2000 and George Michael’s version of “The Grave” in 2003, sung in protest at the Iraq War. In 2007, Don McLean shared his life story in Alan Howard’s biography, The Don McLean Story: Killing Us Softly With His Songs. In June 2011 Don performed for an audience of 100,000 at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. Don is touring the UK and Ireland in May/June and his new album “Botanical Gardens” is set to be released, including the Youtube hit “Waving Man“.

Please visit his website for more information at www.don-mclean.com