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The ByTowne is now closed.

It's possible that, after the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and offer big-screen wonderfulness again.

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I'm Not There

Must-See Cinema! Bob, we missed your 70th birthday back in May!! Please forgive us and accept this humble tribute!

Poster for I'm Not ThereFrom Andy Warhol to Lonelygirl15, modern media culture thrives on the traffic in counterfeit selves. In this world the greatest artist will also be, therefore, the biggest fraud. Looking back over the past 50 years or so, it is hard to find anyone with a greater ability to synthesize authenticity – to give his serial hoaxes and impersonations the ring of truth – than Bob Dylan.
Among its many achievements, Todd Haynes’s film I’m Not There hurls a Molotov cocktail through the facade of the Hollywood biopic factory. Rather than turn out yet another dutiful, linear chronicle of childhood trauma and grown-up substance abuse, Mr. Haynes has produced a dizzying palimpsest of images and styles, in which his subject appears in the form of six different people. Not one is named Bob Dylan, though all of them evoke actual and invented points in the Dylan cosmos.
Though there’s a lot of Bob Dylan’s music in I’m Not There, Mr. Haynes is not simply compiling golden oldies. You hear familiar songs, but what you see is the imagination unleashed ­– the chimes of freedom flashing.
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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