Do you ever feel like there is nothing good in movie theaters? That it’s just more of the same, whether it’s some mediocre superhero movie or mindless horror sequel or z-grade animated pic that even your kids will forget by the time you leave the building?

Well, if you do, you’re looking in the wrong place.

Screening more than 100 different movies each and every year in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Samuel Roberts Noble Theater, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is home to the region’s most exciting and eclectic film programming.  Just take this weekend as an example: while you’re struggling to come up with anything, anything at all that’s worth seeing at the multiple, Museum Films is showing the best reviewed French film of the past year, the wildly romantic My Golden Days (Thursday, April 14, 5:30 & 8 pm); a moving coming-of-age indie about a gay teen at a family reunion in Nebraska, Take Me to the River (Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, various times); and perhaps the greatest Shakespeare film ever made, Orson Welles’s classic Chimes at Midnight (1966), in a beautiful new restoration.

MOA Theater

If none of these films sound like your thing (as hard as that is for me to believe), just wait a weekend: next Thursday, April 21, we are showing a wonderful new food documentary about one of America’s greatest chefs, King Georges, which you can catch after eating dinner, at our special $29 dinner-and-a-movie price, in the Museum’s award-winning Cafe. Or there’s Born to Be Blue, the exceedingly well-reviewed portrait of Oklahoma jazz legend Chet Baker, starring Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) all next weekend (April 22-24, 28). Tickets are already selling briskly, so don’t miss your chance to reserve your seat here.

And just with what we’ll be showing in the next two weeks, we’re hardly scratching the surface. May brings a number of further options including a totally original animated film for young and older viewers alike, April and the Extraordinary World, and one of the better horror-thrillers to come around in ages, American-indie The Invitation. Like I said, exciting and eclectic—and that’s not even taking into account the deadCENTER Film Festival, which premieres its biggest titles in the Samuel Roberts Noble Theater (and parties on our roof) every June.

Oh, and did I mention that at every Museum Films screening, there is a full bar with a variety of beer, wine and cocktail options – another amenity that sets the Museum’s movie theater apart from the local competition?  Not a bad way to see the most original and inventive movies playing anywhere in the region. Not bad at all!