Amma Asante’s film "Belle," will kick off Park City Film Series’ 2014-15 season on Sept. 5 at the Prospector Theatre. The film is
Amma Asante's film "Belle," will kick off Park City Film Series' 2014-15 season on Sept. 5 at the Prospector Theatre. The film is based on a true story about a mixed-race woman, Dido Elizabeth Belle, who lived in England during the 1700s. (Courtesy of the Park City Film Series)
When the Park City Film Series starts its 2014-15 season on Sept. 5, it won't be at the Jim Santy Auditorium due to the Park City Library renovations.

Instead, the nonprofit organization will temporarily screen art films at the Prospector Convention Center, 2175 Sidewinder Dr.

"We're super excited to be partnering with the Prospector," said Katharine Wang, executive director of the Park City Film Series. "It's a an official venue of the Sundance Film Festival, so it's a great location and we're able to bring in our own digital equipment."

In addition, the Prospector Theatre features a cinema-quality sound system and screen.

"It has everything you would expect to have at the Sundance Film Festival," Wang said. "The only thing different will be the seating. We don't bring in risers, but there will be tiered seating and the chairs will be offset so people will have unobstructed views of the screens.

"We will have 300 seats, which is slightly less than the Santy Auditorium that has 450," she said. "It's still pretty big and we'll have the same operations."

The Film Series is scheduled to be at the Prospector through January 5, 2015, and then return to the Jim Santy Auditorium in February once renovations are complete and the Sundance Film Festival wraps, according to Wang.

(See accompanying story titled "Film Series maintains weekend screenings, but revamps kids programs.")

"The Prospector was also one of the few venues we could find in town that was able to provide the quality of experience we wanted to provide our moviegoers," she said.


"They just renovated the Prospector, so it has a beautiful entryway, which means we will still be able to offer our full concessions and add some more gourmet food offerings."

It also came at a price that the Film Series could afford.

"They are a commercial entity and we're a small nonprofit," Wang said. "They were more than happy to meet us halfway in terms of making sure we could exist comfortably for the fall, so we're very appreciative to them."

Wang also liked that the theater is surrounded by some great restaurants

"We are launching a program called Eat, Sleep, Screen, a partnership with selected local restaurants and two hotels," she said. "It's a dinner, movie and night stay idea. There will be some great deals for movie lovers in meals and hotel stays. We will have more announcements as the program firms up."

The Park City Film Series is also launching a new membership deal this month.

"Anyone who joins in the month of September will receive some nice gifts," Wang said. "We're looking forward to bringing in some new members."

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