The first moving picture, which depicted a horse running at full gallop, was quickly enhanced by the first special effects, which showed a horse exploding next to a 3-D spaceship. Enjoy advances in film with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a year-long Super 8 membership to the Salt Lake Film Society (a $50 value).
Celebrating its 10th year, the Salt Lake Film Society cultivates a rich community for the production and exhibition of independent cinema by organizing lectures, workshops, and regular screenings at two historic theaters. Owned and operated by the society, both the Tower Theatre and Broadway Centre Cinemas screen full schedules of accessible talkies and arty ask-again-laters ranging from Errol Morris's epic documentaries to quixotic first features from indie darling Richard Ayoade. A savvy staff helps visitors sort through a trove of several thousand handpicked DVDs and VHS videos at the society-owned Tower Video––a library for all things cinematic that is open to both members and any member of the general public who can recite the entire opening speech to Patton.
A Super 8–level membership equips cinephiles $1 off all regular admission tickets, free popcorn on Mondays, and 25% off merchandise, as well as two Tower Video rentals on the house. A Salt Lake Film Societycalendar helps track discounted tickets offered to events such as the Utah Arts Festival or performances from Ririe Woodbury Dance Company and Plan-B Theatre Company.