First show: August 10

A Q&A with director Jayne Loader, moderated by founder and former editor in chief of Salon and the New York Times bestselling author David Talbot, will follow the 7pm screening on Monday, August 13!

A stunner! Has one howling with laughter, horror and disbelief.” -Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Armageddon has never been so darkly funny as in The Atomic Cafe. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements. Taken together, these sources cheerily instruct the public on how to live in the Atomic Age, how to survive a nuclear attack (!) … and how to fight and win a nuclear war. As a U.S. Army training film advises, “Viewed from a safe distance, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man.” Returning to theaters in a sparkling 4K digital restoration created by IndieCollect, The Atomic Cafe is an absurdist blast from the past that would be downright laughable if it weren’t so eerily relevant to our fake news present.

Directed by Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader and Pierce Rafferty. 1982. U.S. 86 min. In English. Official Selection SXSW 2018/New 4K Restoration. DCP.

NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.



THE ATOMIC CAFE: Upcoming Showtimes