Room 237

After the box office failure of Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick decided to embark on a project that might have more commercial appeal. The Shining, Stephen King’s biggest critical and commercial success yet, seemed like a perfect vehicle. After an arduous production, Kubrick’s film received a wide release in the summer of 1980; the reviews were mixed, but the box office, after a slow start, eventually picked up. End of story? Hardly. In the 30 years since the film’s release, a considerable cult of Shining devotees has emerged, fans who claim to have decoded the film’s secret messages addressing everything from the genocide of Native Americans to a range of government conspiracies. Rodney Ascher’s wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.

Listen to an interview with director Rodney Ascher on Bullseye with host Jesse Thorn.

“An amazing experience… a veritable Kubrickian Da Vinci Code… it’s criticism infused with the power of conspiracy theory.”
– Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly


Date: May 3 2013—May 15 2013
Cost: Members $4 | Non-members $8


5/13 Monday – Closed
5/14 Tuesday – 9:00 PM
5/15 Wednesday – 9:00 PM
Final Show!

Directed By: Rodney Ascher
Run Time: 104 minutes
Origin: USA
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

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