The rise of streaming services has only increased the homogeneity of mainstream theaters, which frequently devote the lion's share of their screens to the same big-budget blockbuster, leaving fewer opportunities than ever for quirkier or more personal cinematic efforts. But the Sie FilmCenter is truly keeping the tradition of independent theaters alive. In addition to highlighting critically acclaimed movies that commercial theaters increasingly ignore, the Sie programmers regularly cherry-pick excellent but underseen flicks culled from the annual Denver Film Festival, showcase classics in conjunction with the Tattered Cover bookstore, and promote themed events such as the Women+Film Festival, scheduled for April 9 through 14. It's all proof that you can chill without Netflix.
Readers' Choice: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema