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The Onyx Theatre is offering a way to enjoy their creative selection of indie films and documentaries online from your own home during their temporary suspension of in theatre viewing. In a unique partnership with some of the very best in art house film distribution, the Onyx At Home is able to provide film-lovers with a way to watch new release titles at home while directly supporting the Onyx Theatre.

We all know that watching movies together at a theatre is best, but until we can get back onto those comfy theatre seats in front of a big screen, viewers can take this opportunity to enjoy some streaming options that support local business and their employees, as well as the arts. Director Christopher Nolan speaking with the Washington Post, reminds us that movies are “a vital part of social life, providing jobs for many and entertainment for all.”

When you watch films via Onyx At Home, the cost of the digital “ticket” is split between the film distributor and the Onyx—just like with a ticket purchased at a box office. The Onyx Theatre is dedicating proceeds from online streaming to help defray the cost of maintaining operations while temporarily closed.

Three films are currently available for online streaming with ongoing film screening options to continue through the shelter-in-place order. Ticket prices vary per distribution agreements. Films will typically run from Friday to the following Thursday, just like our regular schedule for film screening, and may be extended according to availability.

Supporting the Onyx Theatre is supporting our local community, the arts and the filmmakers—all of whom are working hard to sustain operations during COVID-19 and looking ahead to re-establishing more familiar routines. Sign up for ongoing news and screening announcements. Details at www.TheOnyxTheatre.com. The Onyx appreciates your support.

Onyx At Home Now Available for Streaming

A special offering for at home viewing during the COVID-19 Crisis

How to watch: Available to watch through the internet browser on your computer, phone, or tablet. It is possible to watch on your TV if you have AppleTv, Roku, Firestick, Chromecast or if your laptop or home computer has an HDMI port.

Best of CatVideoFest – Creature Comforts Edition

The world is stuck inside staring out, like a cat on a windowsill. To raise everyone’s spirits, for the first time ever, CatVideoFest is available to screen virtually outside of theaters! Longtime CatVideoFest curator extraordinaire Will Braden has crafted a “treat” of a reel that includes the very best videos from CVF’s illustrious history.

This program is available at a name-your-price ticket starting at $0.99, but please note that the Onyx Theatre receives a generous 75% of the total ticket earnings for this screening. Please give what you can with your kitty-loving hearts! (Remember, there is no additional charge for pets viewing this video!). Running time: 40 minutes

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

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It’s hard to argue with a film that receives a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from both critics and viewers. This film provides perspective on women in science as well as the beauties of Africa and one its most iconic beats—the giraffe. In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. Travel with Anne (now 85) as she retraces her steps. Stunning original 16mm film footage along with letters and interviews offer an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes face today. THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES gives us a moving perspective on both.

The ticket price of $12 allows for a 5-day in-home viewing pass. Running time: 83 minutes

Saint Frances

Described as approaching an array of weighty issues with empathy, humor, and grace, Saint Frances is the story of flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) who finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams). Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and dramas of becoming a part of someone else’s family. This is a film where nobody has everything figured out and as such offers a refreshing view of lives lived out a bit more like our own, or someone we know.

Ticket price: This program is available at $10 for a 3-day pass. Running time: 106 minutes

Note: Films are available for US viewers only. If you have a VPN network, you may need to purchase through your mobile phone and forward your ticket link to the appropriate viewing device.