The only independent, locally owned movie theater in Corvallis, Oregon.                 Open every day.    

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When COVID shut down the Darkside for 15 months, I remodeled auditorium one. What I also did was refurbish and upgrade the sound system. Like, a lot. All of this was in preparation for a documentary film like 32 SOUNDS (which we've held over so you'll have a chance to enjoy it before it goes!).

A cinema presentation has two parts: the sound and the picture. 32 SOUNDS takes that noisy half and lights up our sound system. But it doesn’t do it just to piss off the neighbors like a nocturnal bumpin’ subwoofer in a ‘90s Miata with mismatched panels. It does it with elegance and intelligence.

Sound is like a time machine, a keyhole to the people we once were. Within the film are technical curiosities, intimate relations with the human voice, and memory. The film features interviews with treasures like Annea Lockwood. She brings octogenarian charm powered by childish curiosity to every frame of her appearances, all powered by a 10,000 lumen smile. Her lifelong love affair with sound is only deepened by the loss of her life partner—a loss she experiences from her specific place in the audio-sphere.

It was said of the Edison recorder that it could cheat death by keeping a voice in a cylinder instead of losing it to a grave. Recorded sounds are time machines. But for the time machine to work we must listen.

32 SOUNDS brings you into the narrative and explores the mechanics of this thing we call hearing. The Bay Area foghorn is a beacon for sense of place, creating and dispelling insomnia, often at the same time. It keeps people close as it helps keep the ships afar. All these ideas and concepts are contained succinctly in a soundtrack that rattles the wine glasses in the Darkside snack bar with its bass, foghorn-y notes. 32 SOUNDS brings the harmony of ancient sounds, be they a 100-year old mechanical ship warning system, or the birth of insects.

I couldn’t tell you what each of the 32 sounds were in 32 SOUNDS, since numbering them seems to feel irrelevant pretty fast. But I can tell you we feel the differences and the commonalities of the sound presented. (If you’re counting the sounds, you're not listening to them!)

32 SOUNDS is the type of movie the Darkside was built to show. If you were ever to take a chance on a movie at the Darkside, let it be this one. Come in, watch and listen, enjoy the experience, and remember why the Darkside sucks less. Every day!


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- Not Rated (1h 37m)

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An immersive documentary and profound sensory experience that explores the elemental phenomenon of sound. The film is a meditation on the power of sound to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception of the world around us. Directed by Sam Green.

FRI 6/2 - 6:00
SAT 6/3 - 4:00 / 6:00
SUN 6/4 - 3:30 / 5:30
MON 6/5 - 7:30 (matinee pricing)
WED 6/7 - 5:45
THUR 6/8 - 5:45

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SANCTUARY button to buy tickets
- Rated R (1h 36m)

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In the wake of inheriting his father's hotel chain, Hal tries to end his long and secret relationship with Rebecca, a dominatrix. A battle of wills ensues over the course of one fraught night, with Rebecca and Hal struggling to keep the upper hand. Starring Christopher Abbott, Margaret Qualley, Katie Young. Directed by Zachary Wigon.

FRI 6/2 - 7:00 / 9:00
SAT 6/3 - 5:00 / 7:00 / 9:00
SUN 6/4 - 2:00 / 4:00 / 6:00 / 8:00
MON 6/5 - 8:00 (matinee pricing)
TUE 6/6 - 8:00
WED 6/7 - 5:45 / 8:00
THUR 6/8 - 5:45 / 8:00

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YOU HURT MY FEELINGS button to buy tickets
- Rated R (1h 33m)

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A novelist's long-standing marriage is suddenly upended when she overhears her husband give his honest reaction to her latest book. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tobias Menzies. Directed by Nicole Holofcener.

FRI 6/2 - 6:30 / 8:30
SAT 6/3 - 4:30* / 6:30 / 8:30
SUN 6/4 - 1:30* / 3:30 / 5:30 / 7:30
MON 6/5 - 7:00 (matinee pricing)
TUE 6/6 - 5:45 / 8:00
WED 6/7 - 5:45 / 8:00
THUR 6/8 - 5:45 / 8:00
*open caption matinee

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CARMEN button to buy tickets
- Rated R (1h 56m)

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A woman on a quest to find freedom embarks upon a dramatic and life-altering journey from Mexico to Los Angeles. The story is told through a dazzling combination of music, dance, and imagery. Starring Melissa Barrera, Paul Mescal. Directed by Benjamin Millepied.

FRI 6/2 - 8:00
SAT 6/3 - 8:00
SUN 6/4 - 1:00 / 7:30
TUE 6/6 - 5:30
WED 6/7 - 8:00
THUR 6/8 - 8:00

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CMNYK Presents - Sci-fi Extravaganza

ATTACK FROM SPACE (1964) - Not Rated (1h 16m)
Sci-Fi. Dubbed in English.

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Residents of the Emerald Planet send their superhero, Starman (Ken Utsui), to protect Earth from Spherion invaders. Directed by Koreyoshi Akasaka, Akira Mitsuwa, Teruo Ishii.

Tuesday, June 6th only!

Preshow: 6:15 / Feature: 7:00 (Heckling is encouraged)
$10 admission redeemable for snack bar items
Free ice cream before the show!

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Open since April 1, 2005, Darkside Cinema is the only independently owned and operated movie theater in Corvallis. We play first run, indie, international, and documentary films. Some of you will remember our previous arthouse movie theater on Jackson Street: Avalon Cinema, open from 1997 to 2007.

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215 SW 4th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333