Aurora Film Society to bring films, shared experience to downtown Aurora

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A local group is aiming to bring more films to downtown Aurora. The group of Aurora residents formed Aurora Film Society (AFS) this September to accomplish that goal.

AFS was formed to serve as an educational, social, and local resource that provides a shared cinematic cultural experience based in the city center.

The film society will offer monthly screenings of curated films as well as special events such as single screenings and festivals that focus on genres such as documentaries, animation, children’s film, and music.

Karl Nicholas is the board president. Board members include Jeanne Norris, Kyle Reeves, Vicki McCoy, Karen Nicholas, and Helen Ratzlow.

The group seeks to hold screenings in 2018 at the movie loft at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway. The loft seats approximately 60.

“These screenings will be held downtown so as to avail ourselves of local restaurants, pubs, and bars for post-screening discussion. Our special events and film festivals will draw patrons from the wider region, with the likely result of more patronage to downtown businesses,” Norris said.

AFS is holding their first fundraiser and membership drive on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St. Tickets can be purchased here. The evening will include a silent auction and live jazz by Dan Pierson Trio.

The public is invited to join a community of local film enthusiasts from 7 to 10 p.m. at Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., as they collaborate to bring monthly screenings of curated films to downtown Aurora. The film society hopes that their first fundraiser and membership drive will provide an opportunity for film buffs to get together and enjoy an evening of food, drink, and film.  

Guests will have the opportunity to purchase subscriptions to the inaugural year of film screenings. Live jazz will be performed by the Dan Pierson Trio. There will also be a silent auction of film related artifacts, books, original artwork, DVDs, and soundtrack recordings.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will serve to underwrite the activities of the Aurora Film Society including the monthly film series and special screenings.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by contacting Jeanne Norris at

To view a list of possible movie screenings for 2018, visit AFS’s website here.

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