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Nightlight Cinema trying to bring back Akron Film Festival
The new theater is trying to bring back the dormant festival, separate from Akron-based Cleveland International Film Festival screenings

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The Nightlight Cinema, near the Akron Art Museum, has wrapped its first week with plans to bring back the Akron Film Festival next year.

The festival -- separate from the Cleveland International Film Festival -- was discontinued in 2011, eventually giving way to Akron Film & Pixel events around the city.

The Nightlight's Rob Lucas says the Akron Film Festival would complement, and be separate from, the Akron-based screenings of the Cleveland festival.

“Every year we’ve had something called the ‘Akron Film & Pixel’ night, which was just one night usually of an hour of shorts or maybe one feature. Maybe a mix of the two. So Akron Film Festival, as sort of a multi-day festival with features and shorts, will hopefully come back in 2015.”

The Nightlight is the first new movie theater in downtown Akron in decades, focusing on retro classics and modern, independent films. This week’s offerings include the 50th Anniversary restoration of “A Hard Day’s Night,” plus the new documentary on Roger Ebert, “Life Itself,” from the director of “Hoop Dreams.” 
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