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Film fans will have another venue to choose from starting this summer, when The Nightlight is scheduled to open in downtown Akron at 30 N. High St.
Rob Lucas of Akron Film+ Pixel said the new cinema "will feature first run, independent, foreign and local films that might be shown in Cleveland, but usually not in Akron." The theater will include a lounge, a cafe, locally made snacks, craft beer and cocktails. The project has received its funding from grants by the Knight Foundation, GAR Foundation, Akron Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau and through donations in Akron Film+ Pixel's Kickstarter campaign.
Kurtiss Hare, director of programming, said that The Nightlight will be single screen at first, although there are future plans to possibly open a second screen. The current theater, he said, will have "about 65 seats," including 50 installed seats plus room for additional chairs that could be removed.
The theater will include many pieces that have been found and restored, such as the bar setup and seating for the lobby, the latter being refurbished church pews.
"We plan to be a full-time theater, with two separate films screened per night," Hare said. "We hope to rotate it so that every Friday will feature a new release. We aim to run Tuesday through Sunday."
The theater is scheduled to open sometime this summer.