The Open Cities Film Society has a new name :  Open Cities Cinema.  “We wanted a name that reflects our new mission statement—The Quad-Cities’ premiere window to the world, projecting culture, education, and entertainment,” says the organization’s incoming president, Ted Priester. 

The upcoming season also reflects other changes, including a new venue. Open Cities’ 28th season begins Saturday, September 23 and will feature 27 films in four categories:  Award-Winners, British, Favorites, and Quad-City Premieres.  “The Quad-City Premieres movies will be noted films from 2005 and 2006 that haven’t been shown in the area, now that there’s no longer a Brew & View or Rocket Theatre to fill that need,” says Priester. That category includes Junebug, Tristram Shandy, and Water. The season opener will be the Scandinavian classic Babette’s Feast, with other features including M*A*S*H, A Clockwork Orange, The Third Man, Lone Star, A Room with a View, and Stop Making Sense. 


The new venue for the Open Cities Cinema season is the Davenport Public Library at Fairmount Street.  The viewing room has 80 seats, and patrons have access to a well-lit parking lot and refreshments from the library’s Slanted Straw Café.   All films will be shown on Saturday nights, beginning at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45.  Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.  Suggested donations are $5.00 for individual tickets, $3.00 for students showing a college ID, and $45.00 for season tickets, which are available at the door or by calling 563-322-5386.  More information is available at the Open Cities Cinema’s new website:

Besides the film series, Open Cities Cinema has other projects in the works, including co-sponsoring the Avati Film Festival at the Figge Art Museum September 15-17.


for more information contact: Karen McFarland at or Ted Priester at 563-322-5386  


 2006-2007 Open Cities Cinema Season

Sept. 23--     Babette’s Feast

Sept. 30--     North by Northwest

Oct. 7--         Secrets and Lies

Oct. 14--       Junebug

Oct. 21--       Blow-Up

Oct. 28--       The Blue Angel

Nov. 4--        A Room with a View

Nov. 11--       Me and You and Everyone We Know

Nov. 18--       M*A*S*H

Nov. 25--       The King of Comedy

Dec. 2--        The 39 Steps

Dec. 9--        Nine Lives

Dec. 16--      8 ½

Jan. 6--         A Clockwork Orange

Jan. 13--       Tristram Shandy

Jan. 20--       Barton Fink

Jan. 27--       Brazil

Feb. 3--        The Third Man

Feb. 10--      L’Enfant

Feb. 17--      All About Eve

Feb. 24--      Lone Star

Mar. 3--        Topsy Turvy

Mar. 10--      Wah-Wah

Mar. 17--      Mephisto

Mar. 24--      Stop Making Sense

Mar. 31--      The Go-Between

Apr. 7--         Water