Fine Arts Theatres? four venues surround moviegoers with classic silver-screen ambiance as they present the latest independent and mainstream film offerings. Lovingly refurbished neighborhood movie palaces such as the early-20th-century Rio Theatre now boast surround-sound digital audio, high-backed rocker seats with arm-mounted cup holders, and movie trailers acted out by gregarious ticket takers. In addition to flicks opening each week, The Fine Arts Theatres hosts special independent screenings throughout the year including the Kansas International Film Festival (Oct. 10-16th) that features 55 films in 7 days and the Latin American Film Festival every September.
Most orchestras have 80?100 members, but a true chamber orchestra is smaller. The 10?33 instrumentalists that take the stage at the KCCO's concerts harken back to the small-ensemble, pretzel-stick-baton days of Bach, Mozart, Handel, and Vivaldi. The orchestra pays further tribute to these artists by regularly performing their works in addition to more unconventional programs: they've collaborated with artists as diverse as Paul Mesner Puppets, Owen/Cox Dance, and the Kansas City Chorale. Led by Music Director/Conductor Bruce Sorrell, KCCO is celebrating its 27th season of concerts.
Spurred by a drive to instill children with a love for the arts and to build their self-esteem, professional actor Miles McMahon helms an array of educational programs at Theatre of the Imagination. He and his staff of local theater lovers build on more than 2,000 successful children's theatrical productions through creative summer camps, acting and performance classes, special workshops, and birthday parties for performers in prekindergarten through ninth grade. Miles writes a completely new work for each class and camp, using the script to immerse students in a cooperative, creative environment while freeing them from the pressures of lead roles, auditions, and autographer's elbow. Staff members can also conduct Movie Star Acting birthday parties, where they shoot a short film with the birthday child as the star.
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Each of Cinetopia's locations adds a touch of luxury to the movie-watching experience, accenting stunning, lifelike projections of blockbusters with fine wine, a selection of local microbrews, fresh market-to-table cuisine, and plush, cozy seats.
At the newest Overland Park location, movies in the GXL theater light up a 75-foot wide, super-high-definition screen equipped with high-tech sound systems like Dolby Atmos and Meyer EXP. Up to 300 guests fully recline in its plush, oversized seats, which are steeply banked to maximize visibility. The living-room theater cultivates a more intimate atmosphere with full restaurant service and comfy leather seats, while the new movie parlor imitates a celebrity home screening room with its cozy "cuddle couches" and its top-of-the-line digital 7.1-channel surround sound. 18 LED screens dance with themed animations to complete the immersive experience.
Patrons can order food made fresh in Vinotopia and wine from waiters and dine during their movies. Viewers can also eat before or after in the on-site restaurants, where live musicians often serenade diners on weekends with tunes such as "I Love You Just The Way You Are (Full of Food)."