Picture Show at Home

We miss hosting our neighbors at FilmScene at The Chauncey every day. But, most of all, we miss the smiling faces at our monthly Picture Show Family and Children's Series presented by MidWestOne Bank. While we can't replace the magic of movies on the big screen, we can bring you some at home fun until we can meet again. Thanks to our creative team, we've got an at-home craft, some fun activities and six recommended short films. Let's watch together (from a distance)!

Build a Drive-In

What's the next best thing to gathering at your local cinema? Building your own movie watching space! With just a few common materials (a cardboard box, construction paper, paper plates, markers, and glue) you can build a car for an at home drive-in movie experience. Don't forget to print your tickets and grab your snacks!

Watch our video tutorial!

Need a classic feature to pass the time? Our Picture Show season began with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and we love it. Read Roald Dahl's fabulous book, and then watch the 1971 classic starring University of Iowa alum Gene Wilder!

For bite sized, quality content, check out these six short films from Short of the Week! Animated and dialogue free, each of these selected films provides a new style for all ages to enjoy. Best of all: every film on Short of the Week (and there are hundreds!) is free! The six films highlighted here will make you smile and maybe cry, and use sound, color and music to explore friendship, family and fatigue (every high schooler you’re know will relate to Afternoon Class—some grown ups will too!). Save these films for a rainy, or sunny, day when you want to connect with the family through great short stories.

Afternoon Class

End of the day got you sleepy? You're not the only one.

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A kitten and a pit-bull make an unlikely pair. (Contains a reference to dog fighting)

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Two characters are connected, by hair, in every move they make.

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One Small Step

A young girl is determined to become an astronaut.

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An exploration of the influence of parents throughout our lives.

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Western Spaghetti

If you've never seen a film by Pes, watch them all—buon appetito!

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More Great Activities

Now that you've built a theater and watched some movies, what's next? There's still fun to be had! In these pages from our Picture Show passport (you can pick one up when we reopen!) you can journal about the movies you've seen, color a favorite character and learn about movie genres in a word search.