Before Luna Theatre, before the Lowell Film Collaborative, there was FLICKS! (For Lowell Interesting Cinema KaperS!), a local film society that was popular in the early 1980s. The organization screened films, often at the Speare House restaurant on Pawtucket Boulevard (it was near the Dunkin Donuts, opposite the UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse). Membership was $10 for a season. In those days, the old movie theatres in Lowell were closed. Mainstream movies were shown at the Rte. 3 Cinema with several screens in Chelmsford (Stop ‘n Shop is there now) and the Showcase Cinema complex in Lawrence, off Rte. 495. The Lowell cultural renaissance was in full swing by the early 1980s. The national park, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, the University of Lowell Foundation performance series, Whistler House, and others offered many choices to cultural consumers. For FLICKS!, the 1983 Fall Season included the following:
Tues., Sept 20, Opening Champagne Party, 7.15 pm; “M. Hulot’s Holiday,” 8 pm.
Tues., Oct 4, “Gloria,” 8 pm.
Tues., Oct. 18, “The Stationmaster’s Wife,” 8 pm.
Tues., Nov. 1, “The Great Gatsby,” 8 pm.
Tues., Nov. 15, “The Woman Next Door,” 8 pm.
Wed., Nov. 30, “The Year of Living Dangerously,” 8 p.m.