There are few places in Lewiston where you can eat a kale salad and enjoy a local brew while listening to locals discussing the societal implications of addicting and well-made television shows, but She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s has always been one of them.
While screenings in the restaurant have been going on for the past five years, the desire for an established space eventually blossomed, and a recent successful Kickstarter campaign helped push the dream in the right direction.
The new theater will enhance the artsy atmosphere even more and will feature independent films. The space will also host other arts events, such as the monthly venue known as “The Corner,” a storytelling event similar to “The Moth” on the radio, that boasts a different theme each month. The theme of the next Corner night, Feburary 12th, is “Odd Couple” for the week of Valentine’s Day, during which attendees and hosts will share spoken (not written) stories about relationships.
This coming weekend, the theater will be showing the documentary Citizen Four, which was recently nominated for an Academy Award. Citizen Four is a must-see particularly for millennials and anyone who clicks “Allow” when an app asks permission to access location services.
As Guthrie’s continues to expand to include more creative events and attractions in their programming, one can’t help but wonder at the hardworking individuals behind the scene. Bates’ own Colin Kelley co-founded the Maine Microcinema film series with local filmmaker Craig Saddlemire, and part of their early showings involved setting up a projector and sheet at Guthrie’s.
When they founded Guthrie’s, Heather and Randy Letourneau wanted to create a business that supported family, community, and environment. It only seems fair that patrons feel their entertainment for the night is supporting local artists just as their biodegradable take-out containers are supporting the environment.
This doesn’t mean that the restaurant itself will not be enjoying bursts of culture as before. Last Thursday, Guthrie’s hosted an event called “Hooked,” in which a philosophy professor from the University of Southern Maine cultivated a discussion on the TV show Breaking Bad. It was just one night in a series dedicated to what is becoming a distinguishable art form. There is an emerging world of well-made televisiown, and we’re very able today to discuss the outcomes, plotlines, artistic direction and historical accuracy of television programs more than ever before.
Show creators such as Matthew Weiner and Aaron Sorkin make it possible for us to invest fully in the artistry of select television programming, and events like “Hooked” allow us to break through the embarrassment and pessimism that reality shows have infused in us regarding our desire to have earnest discussions surrounding television.
It’s important, particularly in light of the recent petition that shed light on the types of movies brought to our local Flagship Cinemas, that Batesies support local organizations that foster and feed authentic creativity and thought. Without this action, Batesies aren’t doing their part in the self-reflection and cultural analysis that society demands of its hopefully open minded twenty-somethings.
Other upcoming events at Guthrie’s include the Seth Warner Trio, which will be playing at the restaurant on January 30th from 8:00-10:00 p.m., and a showing of the Oscar-nominated animated short films from February 5th to February 7th.