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Is there anything in Bloomington-Normal comparable to Champaign's Boardman's Art Theatre? A smaller theatre that shows films that wouldn't normally make it to larger, more mainstream movie theatres?

Also, what are some fun things to do on a weekend in B-N?

Cross-posted to go_isu.
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From:leenabeana
Date:August 11th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
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normal theater would probably be your best best.....i don't know anything about boardman's are theatre though...

fun things to do on the weekends??? if your 21 going to the bars.... thats abotu all I can suggest, there isnt' really that much around here...
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From:mousey
Date:August 11th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
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yeah, i'm 23, but i kind of outgrew going to bars over the last few years, since the bar entry age in champaign is 19. i just can't hold my liquor these days.

i'll look into normal theatre, though. thanks!
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From:ellie_desu
Date:August 11th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
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/wave from chambana
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From:mousey
Date:August 11th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
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*waves back*

my boyfriend is attending isu this fall. i'm visiting this weekend, so we're trying to figure out what there is to do other than to visit target an obscene amount of times.
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From:ellie_desu
Date:August 11th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Ya...let me know what you find out....at least the theatre is within walking distance
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From:lucidstar
Date:August 11th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
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The Normal Theater shows nonmainstream movies.
The Castle in downtown Bloomington is also really cool. They show more mainstream movies (although they also show nonmainstream movies as well), but it's got a very different atmosphere than your standard multiplex
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From:kakistocracy
Date:August 11th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
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This is ultimately an overgrown bedroom community and the thing most people do on weekends is go out to eat, so we therefore have an absurd number of restaurants.

The Normal and the Castle are your two best bets for decent weekend fare, especially when the semester hasn't gotten rolling yet.
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From:mwalimu
Date:August 11th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
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I don't have any better suggestions on theatres than what the previous respondents have given. You could check the Vidette (ISU's newspaper) to see if any groups on campus are screening films that might interest you.

If you're looking something different to do, see if Upper Limits strikes your fancy.
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From:nowthatsbleach
Date:January 27th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)

hmmm....besides what's been mentioned....

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I'm surprised nobody mentioned the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington. It's a place I've kept wanting to visit, but never have(since I'm a buff of historic architecture and history).

http://www.daviddavismansion.org

The Beer Nuts factory I believe also offers tours, too(and isn't far away from the David Davis Mansion).

The Constitution Trail is awesome, if you're into biking and/or walking and/or jogging. Not to mention you actually can take the east section of the trail(to just east of Towanda Ave.), and see a cool Japanese garden along that part of the trail(I didn't even know this was on this part of the trial, till recently). And, to add one last thing, The Movie Fan is a great place to rent art and hard-to-find movies.

See, there are more things to do in B-N than just bars(though I don't think amenities in the B-N area are bad, considering the size of this area, and that it isn't as small as DeKalb or Charleston, IL are) :)
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From:nowthatsbleach
Date:January 27th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)

Re: hmmm....besides what's been mentioned....

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I should add that I'm totally indifferent about seeing the Beer Nuts factory, but I thought I'd mention that for anyone who's curious. Just dunno when the heck(or on what days) they do offer tours of there, however.

Two last things I can think of: U.S. Cellular Coliseum opened last fall in downtown Bloomington, so sometimes you can see bands and other things there(that is, if the musicians are lucky enough to stop here, besides just damn Chambana). And they do have an Arena Football and minor league hockey team playing games there too, and also the ISU Icebirds play hockey there too(since I read ISU now plays hockey outta there). And the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts is set to open very soon(or may've opened already, but I forget if it has opened yet or what). I'm through, maybe someone now can help me out in actually finding a place I can get my digital camera fixed at in the area, lol...
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