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Red River Theatres Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: The theater's mission is "to present film and the discussion of film as a way to entertain, broaden horizons and deepen appreciation of life for New Hampshire audiences of all ages." To that end, Red River offers a diverse program of first-run independent films, cult favorites, classics, local and regional film projects, foreign films and lots of discussions. Conversation and civic engagement are at the heart of what makes Red River so popular in the community and so important to the New Hampshire cultural scene.

Programs: Showing independently made films: approximately 56,500 tickets are sold and 200 movies are screened annually. These films satisfy a major interest in the community for films with serious artistic and social merit, independently produced films, foreign language films, children's films, classic films, as well as films by budding filmmakers in the area.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We Love Red River Theatre. We get a great selection of movies with very personal service. The theater is always well staffed and everyone working there is always friendly and helpful. Membership services are also very friendly and provide great service. If you never have visited Red River I would highly recommend giving it a try. Whether you are just seeing a movies attending one of their special events or becoming a member it is definitely worth it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Red River Theatres is the best spot in beautiful Downtown Concord! Since my arrival here just over a year ago, I have frequented Red River as both a customer and volunteer. As a film aficionado and frequent theatre-goer, I have never had a bad experience at this hidden gem. The programming that they offer is invigorating, filled with a variety of films/genres that make you think about our culture, world, and history. I love their wide selection of current films, award winners, classics, documentaries, foreign films, and special events. And if you have an idea, they'll hear you out! As a young educator seeking professional development, I am constantly impressed by what Red River has to offer. Plus, if you're a member, it's a cheap night out from the tickets to the popcorn to the drinks. Truly a wonderful place with wonderful people in an amazing spot. Check it out!!!

Jonathan S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fabulous venue, great diversity in movies, super friendly staff.

Jacqueline41

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have been to red river theater both to see films and volunteering for some of their events, one was a showing of My Fair Lady and a couple times i helped with Downton Abbey premiers.

They show a lot films and that don't show in normal theaters wether because they are too artsy for mainstream theaters or becuase they are documentaries. it greatly adds to the culture of Concord and brings us films that we would otherwise need to travel to a big city to see.

Brenda118

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have the best movies and the S.N.O.B. Film Festival! Wonderful staff ! I can see and hear from any seat , plus get a glass of wine as I watch! I couldn't ask for more than that but there is one more thing . I can park in the parking garage and go right to the theater so even the weather can't keep me away.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Whenever I have someone visiting Concord I always point them towards Red River Theatres because they constantly have great films rotating through. So as a member of the public and as a Concord resident I'm thrilled with everything that Red River contributes to the arts scene here.

Additionally, I work at a nonprofit in Concord and have collaborated with Red River several times. Their staff is incredibly dedicated, knowledgeable, and friendly. So I would definitely recommend Red River Theatres to other nonprofits looking to rent out a theater space or looking to advertise.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This theater has been a major contributor to the wonderful transformation of our downtown. They are a destination for fabulous films and fun events. The theater is lovely and inviting and kept super clean and tidy. The opportunity to get a beer or glass of wine and enjoy it while watching the show is very pleasant. They are a high class, high quality establishment. Red River is fantastic!

1 Nancy273

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a screening of our film, Shadows Fall North, at Red River Theatres and it was fantastic! The staff were extremely helpful and really nice to work with. The theatre was comfortable, the film looked great and our discussion afterwards was inspiring.

Red River took the time to get to know us and helped get the word out about our film. It was all about the content of our film (Black history) and ensuring we had a full house.

We couldn't have asked for a better venue and a better group of people. A much needed organization for the area. Thank you Red River! We'll be back!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Red River has so many different ways to entertain or challenge you! My wife who was handicapped, loved to go for a dinner at our favorite Mexican Restaurant close by and then we were able to park in the parking garage and walk right into the theater without going outside into the New Hampshire winter weather.
I have been to many events that speak to the needs of our community, country and world that are not offered anywhere else near us or are exclusive to groups here in Concord. I had the incredible experience of moderating a discussion with two Vietnam Veteran advocates after we watched the documentary "Stray Dog",
I don't know of a place anywhere that has the depth of program offerings that speak to so many different people in our society.
Red River is truly a yet to be discovered gem for many that will eventually become lifetime fans and supporters of this great venue in Concord.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a huge fan of Red River Theatres, both as a film lover and filmmaker. The people of Red River are true lovers of film. It shows with the variety of quality films they select and the deep care and appreciation they show to their audiences. As a filmmaker I have screened two films at Red River and they could not have been more supportive with helping to promote the film, and becoming advocates for my films while at Red River and beyond.

Jay B. Childs, Filmmaker, fan of Red River

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A great place to see independent and cult movies that are not shown anywhere else in the area. The seats in the 2 main theatres are really comfortable. You can drink wine and beer at your seats, and enjoy sandwiches and snacks from local merchants. We especially enjoy the special events like the sing-alongs and the quote-alongs. The theatre has become a part of the downtown revival, and sponsors many community events.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Red River in the heart of downtown Concord is a gem! This independent theater is the place to go if you are looking for movies that are a little different. They also host special events like discussions with movie makers, costume balls, and panel discussions about tough topics. Over the years, I have watched excellent indies there, heard fascinating talks, and have even participated in a panel or two. Red River is a great boon to the arts scene in New Hampshire!

1 Bryson V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red River has shown so many classics I would never have gotten around to seeing, but it has also introduced me to excellent modern films a cut above the predictable blockbusters that have become some of my favorites. Movies that remember that film is art.

Really that is what red river is. Not a movie theater pumping out mindless entertainment, but a gallery showing true artists moving work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Red River Theatres provides a big-city indie-movie experience in downtown Concord. The film selections are awesome, the seating is comfortable, the sound is fantastic, the staff are fun and efficient, and just to perfect the experience you can have a cup of wine while you watch. I'm a huge Red River fan...they provide a unique movie-viewing experience in Concord that you can't get anywhere else in New Hampshire. I work for another nonprofit in town, and have noticed over many years that Red River also serves the community very well, offering space and support for meetings, screenings, and gatherings, plus free outdoor movies in summer, which is so much fun. I think we are really lucky to have this place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When we moved to Concord, NH, two years ago, we had already heard and read about the Red River Theatres. We were so excited to be relocating to a town that had it's own Nonprofit theatre.
Our fist week here, we took time out of our day of unpacking and went to Red River to see a film.
It was love at first sight. My wife and I eventually became volunteers and we are still very active in our volunteer efforts with RRT.
The staff is incredible, the theatre is a gem in the heart of Concord and the films and events at Red River Theatre are what you would expect to see in a large city, like Boston.
We will continue to support RRT and we tell everyone about this amazing nonprofit movie theatre.
Shay Cameron, Concord, NH

1 Cherie G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red River Theatres is far and away my favorite place to spend an evening in downtown Concord. It's one of those rare cinemas where I can show up without even checking the listings, buy a ticket for whatever happens to be showing next, and always be happy I did. Curated by their enthusiastic, expert staff, the film selections are invariably both top-notch and entertaining.

With Red River, I never have to chose between high art and a good time. Not only are their first-run features among the best of the best, their special events and screenings are often THE social event of a weekend. I've been to sing-along screenings of musical films as diverse as West Side Story--shown in a downtown parking garage right after a choral performance of Bernstein's Mass--and Les Misérables--complete with a costume contest. I even attended a Rocky Horror Picture Show interactive party, which was a bit outside my comfort zone but turned out to be a kick.

I still miss the erstwhile film series called Xtreme Friday Nights that featured high-art horror and unusually edgy foreign films. While Xtreme was running, I never missed a Friday. But I'd have to say my favorite events are the silent movie screenings with original, improvised scores by Jeff Rapsis. The first one I attended was a New Year's Eve event featuring Fritz Lang's classic, Metropolis. Between the recently-unearthed, lost footage and Jeff's brilliant musical stylings, I got to see one of my favorite films of all time in a whole new light. Plus, there was champagne.

All of which is to say: Red River Theatres is central to what makes Concord, NH a cool place to party and a wonderful place to live.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Red River Theatre(RRT) for almost 3 years, it is an awesome place for great Indie movies and more. The staff is excellent and they really love their jobs and are always commenting on RRT's great atmosphere. RRT brings in great films of all types. It is family friendly and also catering to the wild side of folks. They have a variety of films to choose from like "Rocky Horror Picture Show" to great oldies on Sunday afternoons. It is a great place as is constantly voted highly in "The Hippo" magazine as a destination.......everyone has to putt RRT on their to do/see list!!!!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Red River Theatres provides a greatly needed alternative to for profit- movie theater offerings. As a teacher and a parent, it has provided the opportunity for myself, my family and friends to enjoy foreign films of high quality serving as a window into other cultures and various genres of film. Documentaries that educate, such as the film on the Democratic Republic of Congo's repression and abuse of women and children through military means or how big corporations can pollute our environment are timely and encourage conversation and action toward ending social and other injustices. Discussion panels or forums are frequently part of the events. Annual Martin Luther King films and other biographical media fill in historical gaps in education. Classic films and theme nights make for clean fun across generations. Prince William's wedding was simulcast at the theatre with a full traditional British breakfast and pageantry that made my family feel like a part of history! They have also hosted many community events with other local non-profits and agencies.

Red River Theatres downtown location with ample parking nearby and a beautiful facility make for a pleasant theatre experience all around. The staff are welcoming, polite and helpful. There is something for everyone's tastes and interests available. The addition of the theatre to Concord has certainly enhanced our entertainment experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Red River Theatres brings people together from all parts of our community and state in one wonderful theater to experience a range of film-based events. We cry together, we laugh together, we tackle challenging problems in our world and our community together, through film and discussion at Red River Theatres.

In this day and age when we are pulled apart in so many directions, Red River Theatres brings us together and helps us create the fabric of our community and state.

For the past several years the theater has shown most of the Oscar contenders as well as great independent films including even foreign films. Basics like comfortable seating, a view of the screen from any seat, and the best real butter popcorn ever, are icing on the cake. Friendly staff are always there to help guide you to whatever you might need, and even parking is wonderful in a covered garage that connects directly to the theater.

1 Heather Ouellette-Cygan

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Red River Theatres INC has been a fabulous addition to the city of Concord, NH. It is the best movie theatre in the state by far due to the combination of the films they show, the comfort and design of the theatre, and their public service. As a teacher and community activist, I have worked closely with the theatre to host field trips for my Film and Media Literacy students and to plan events for the LGBT organizations with which I work. No matter what the film, the Red River Theatres is always my first choice of venue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Red River Theatres are a true cultural asset to central New Hampshire. I used to have to travel as far as Boston to see films that interested me, because no theater in New Hampshire was willing to play artistic or independent cinema. Red River has changed all that. Now, I can see great films near my home!

In addition, I often tell people that RRT is a theatre for "grown ups" - meaning that it's a place where my family and I can relax, drink a glass of wine, enjoy delicious popcorn in comfortable seats and not have to worry about other audience members chatting away or texting on their cell phones, which seems to be the norm at most movie theaters these days. Even the teenagers who frequent RRT, seem to care about watching and experiencing the film they're watching.

From Little Miss Sunshine, to For the Bible Tells Me So and Whip-it, both followed up by great panel discussions, to Black Swan, I've experience all of my most recent favorite films at the Red River Theatres.