Bring some movies here!

Tom Jackson
Mar 25, 2014


Last Friday, my wife and I went to see a German movie, "Adieu Paris," at the ongoing Cleveland Film Festival, which continues through Sunday. We've seen several foreign and indie films at the festival over the years and really enjoyed ourselves.

I noticed that this year, the festival  has expanded to several locations outside of its usual Tower City venue, including Akron, and that it received funding from an Akron sponsor.

Why couldn't we do that here? Perhaps the film festival would agreed to screen movies at the Sandusky State Theatre if a local foundation provided some funding.

For that matter, why couldn't we have a film festival in Sandusky? It would be another way to attract visitors, particularly in the cold weather months when events are needed to bring people to the area's restaurants and hotels. 




AJ Oliver

Great ideas Tom !! And see folks, CLE is not so scary !!

Stop It

Go to the East side after dark. I'll await your answer if you are still alive.

The Bizness

yeah, University Circle, Coventry, and Little Italy are all terrifying after dark :)

The Bizness

I agree, this is a good idea. It could be another event to get people downtown in the winter time.


Some years ago, a group DID try to bring a film festival here. The stumbling block? Select representatives for the State Theatre. Those few weren't interested in doing anything that didn't involve wine and cheese, subtitles, and (incongruously) "family friendly" fare.

There WAS support for the idea, and it was surprisingly broad-based. The majority believed that more "mainstream" was a better way to go (more "highbrow" offerings might appeal to some, but not enough to support a festival, and that kind of thing often works better as a stand-alone event). Unfortunately, since the State Theatre would have been the venue, the few voices outweighed the opinions of the majority as well as, apparently, the economic boon for the theater and the downtown alike.

I'd be pleased to support bringing a film festival here, but it would need to be both unique and have appeal above and beyond the "let's go to the opera" contingent!