Best Movie Theater
The Trylon microcinema may be small, but no theater in the Twin Cities can match its passion and energy for the movies. The intimate little 50-seat theater, tucked into a corner of the Longfellow neighborhood, makes every show seem like a private screening for a small community of film fans. Its emphasis on classic movies offers plenty of crowd pleasers (in the last year, monthly series have included Hitchcock, Spielberg, Chaplin, and Jack Nicholson), but the curators are also unafraid to program for the true cinephile (including the underappreciated Jim Jarmusch masterwork Dead Man and series on film archivist Dennis Nyback, Africa-American filmmaker Charles Burnett, and Jimmy Stewart's dark, moody westerns made with director Anthony Mann). Beyond the classics, the Trylon is home to the Sound Unseen series of movies about music, the Trash Film Debauchery program of so-bad-they're-good kitsch, and Premiere Tuesdays, featuring first runs of otherwise obscure art films and lesser-known gems. As if that weren't enough, Take-Up Productions, the nonprofit that runs the Trylon, also puts together stylish movie series for other local theaters such as the Heights and Riverview. Whatever the genre, or wherever the venue, Take-Up's screenings are sure to be smart, well curated, and occasionally even brave.