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815 N. 2nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 | Central Phoenix | 602-595-9187

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FilmBar doesn't just have the lock down on the hippest indie and foreign film screenings. The theater's lounge is a fully functioning bar, featuring DJs, live music and a carefully selected menu of import and domestic beers.
Standard brews have no place in the bar, which favors full bodied dark beers and tasty pints of Boddingtons. The entertainment tends to be as eclectic as the movies, with ensembles like Haunted Cologne (polka-punk) taking the stage, and DJs offering up world-music cuts.
The bar's Middle Eastern decor is perfect for kicking back, either in the high backed couches or on the floor, beanbag style.


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    There's no better escape than the one found in a theater seat in front of a large screen. Great films take their audiences to cool, faraway places with interesting characters and captivating...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    RPM Orchestra makes nontraditional and way hypnotic sounds (they've called themselves a "proto-industrial Americana" band) that are even more compelling live, because their performances are...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
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    When hypothetically choosing a career, it's no surprise that kids pick the path of a private detective over that of a newspaper reporter. After all, it's not too likely that youngsters pick...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Looking for ways to fill up your weekend? Here are your five best bets for getting out and about. 5. Child's Play @ FilmBar Before South Park ever skewered redheads, the infamous Chucky...
  • Calendar: Featured Events
    Drop the Solo cup and put down the Gladware container of Cheerios you're using as a bowl. Now take a second and try to spot all the plastic around you. Pretty crazy quantities, huh? Well,...
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    Most terrifying horror movies give you nightmares thanks to plausible story lines. The Exorcist is a prime example. William O’Malley, an actual priest who played Father Dyer says the...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Sometimes a movie screens for one night only, and sometimes it shows for weeks or months. That's why when it comes to moviegoing, planning ahead is crucial. Planners that we are, we've...
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    Living so close to Mexico, it’s easy to see the Latino influence on day-to-day life here in Arizona -- from street names to fashion. And although a few certain contentious state laws...
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    In a culture where female nudity is revered as art and male nudity is a punch line, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that dudes can be super sexy, too. Still, women snag up almost...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
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  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    Nightowls, film fiends, and underagers alike can celebrate additions and changes in the works at Downtown's FilmBar. Kelly Aubey, who owns the independent theater/bar at 815 North Second...
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  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
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  • Calendar: Featured Events
    When the local chapter of design organization AIGA teamed up with the movie junkies at FilmBar for a monthly series, we knew we were in for a treat. On the last Monday of every month, the...
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    There’s nothing wrong with knocking a few back on what’s become a beloved drinking holiday, but there are plenty of other ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. For instance, you might...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
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  • Music: Feature
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  • Up on the Sun: Multimedia
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  • Up on the Sun: Movies
    Listening to other crate diggers stories of amazing scores might be the only thing vinyl nerds love as much as collecting records. Jealously inducing tales of that time you found "that rare...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    Sometimes a movie screens for one night only, and sometimes it shows for weeks -- months even. That's why when it comes to catching an independent or limited-release film at a local theater,...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Visual Art
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  • Up on the Sun: Movies
    Directors Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz got a lot more than they bargained for when Matador Records and Jay Reatard -- the nom de punk of Memphis songwriter Jay Lindsey-- approached them...
  • Up on the Sun: Review Roundup
    Amir Bar-Lev's Re:Generation Music Project is a truly sensational demonstration of the music that can be made when people have an open mind. As DJ Premier said in the film, "Music can't die...
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    You might rush out to buy the latest BluRay-playing teleportation DVR pizza maker and turn up your snout at the grainy visuals of a clunky VHS tape. But the creative crew Everything Is...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    Academic types talk a lot about the intersection of art and science -- about how artists can add depth to their work using scientific concepts and vice-versa. But few fields are built...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Morning Buzz
    Welcome to the Morning Buzz, a catch-up on interesting happenings around the city and country and a quick guide to what (and who) to keep your eyes on. We'll be here, first thing every...
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    Between a Fox News commentator’s assertion that The Muppets is brainwashing children to revile big business and a crew of Phoenix musicians banding together to cover the songs of...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    Grab your plastic, intergalactic ray gun and your handmade space suit -- the worst space crew in the galaxy is coming to FilmBar. Voyage Trekkers, the local sci-fi comedy web...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Phoenix-based alt-country band Lonna Kelley and the Broken Hearted Lovers disbanded five years ago (on Valentine's Day, no less), but not before cementing an intriguing legacy: The band...
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    Followers of The Dude and his abiding, "whatever man" ways no longer need to cross state lines to celebrate The Coen Brothers’ quotable comedy The Big Lebowski. Granted, we...
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    This special edition of Downtime Fridays celebrates the birthday of the recurring night's founder, Reuben Martinez. The Coen brothers' cult classic The Big Lebowski screens at 10:30 p.m....
  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
    DJentrification's weekly Palace World Music night at Filmbar always features far out world music, but this weekend, it's got another goal as well. "I have been to South East Asia and feel...
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    When a band claims to be on “an indefinite hiatus,” typically it means: “We need some space. We can no longer stand each other’s faces, and will likely be breaking up...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    Dragonslayer is a film that sets out to capture a generation: the lost boys and girls born during the Reagan Administration now stumbling and tumbling through a kind of dystopian Southern...
  • Music: Column
    Thursday 3 27th Avenue Bar: DJ Manage (Top 40) Afterlife: Thumpin' Thursdays (various) AZ 88: Josh One (various) Bar Smith: Ladies Night with DJ iDenaty, DJ EC Rock, & DJ Oh-Jezus...
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    Showgirls and drag queens are a match made in heaven. Both tout sequined costumes, melodrama, and scantily clad gals hellbent on outshining their counterparts. But pushing a diva down a...
  • Calendar: Featured Events
    Today’s teens have it easy. Anything they want to know about the hazards of growing up is available literally at their fingertips. Before Internet connectivity, kids had to learn about...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Organizers are setting up and a handful of speakers are prepping their presentations for tonight's Pecha-Kucha Night Phoenix. The casual event gives creatives of all disciplines...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    After a long summertime hiatus -- not to mention a venue change -- PechaKucha Phoenix will make its return when the fourth edition of the ongoing event takes place on Wednesday at the...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    I didn't make it out to the French pop spectacular at FilmBar on Saturday night, but the pics posted on Facebook got me super-pumped to catch Serge Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life....
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    Daniel Zana's documentary The Vinyl Frontier is one helluva toy story. The neophyte filmmaker spent almost two years creating this epic documentary, which screens at FilmBar on Monday...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    Attention short film enthusiasts: there's a new film festival coming to town dedicated to showcasing local filmmakers. The Long Shadow Film Festival is currently seeking submissions of...
  • Up on the Sun: Movies
    The 2010 biopic Serge Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, about the legendary French singer and general scoundrel,  is coming to downtown hot-spot FilmBar next month.Though the film won't...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    It seems like only yesterday that we were speaking with Colorstore about the band's "bloated and pretentious" Saturday night gig at FilmBar (okay, so it it was Friday). The gig went off...
  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
    For months, tomorrow's show at FilmBar was supposed to be a local feast for the senses. Colorstore intended to host a night of local rock and rhythms, adding Gospel Claws to the lineup and a...
  • Jackalope Ranch: News
    A couple of the Valley's newest independent cinemas are about to become a bit more dependent on one another. Phoenix's FilmBar and Mesa's The Royale recently joined forces and are partnering...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    Portland. With images of co-op shops selling trinkets and totes with birds on them, grizzly bearded men dressed in plaid, and tattooed girls riding Dutch bikes, the city's been the backdrop...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Night Owl
    Looking for something to do this weekend? "Night Owl" is a quick guide to specials nights at bar around town. We'll give you a few hints re: cover, dress code, music and atmosphere....
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    Artist and director Lynn Hershman's voice may be calm, even low-key, as she narrates her documentary history, !Women Art Revolution, but her message is anything but subtle.Hershman says...
  • Music: Column
    Djentrification has always been known for his eclectic taste, as evidenced by his genre-bending sets at 602Tuesdays at the Bikini Lounge, but with his new night, The Palace, at FilmBar, 815...

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