AN FULLY DIGITAL, AWARD-WINNING NON-PROFIT INDEPENDENT ARTHOUSE CINEMA AND FUNCTION SPACE
Red River Theatres is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Beyond ticket sales, the theater relies on memberships, charitable contributions, grants and rentals.
Red River Theatres opened its doors October 19, 2007, after a 7-year community effort and a $1.8 million capital campaign. The 3-screen, state-of-the-art theater was designed and built by Sheerr McCrystal Palson Architects of New London. It is recognized as a beautiful and intimate space, unrivaled in the region for its aesthetic appeal.
Founding volunteers named the organization after “Red River,” a classic, 1948 Western starring John Wayne, in which the lead characters undertake an epic, nearly impossible, but ultimately successful, journey. The name seemed suitable to the challenge the community faced in creating an arthouse cinema from scratch in the state capital.
in 2013, with the support of the community and a grant from CDFA, Red River Theatres converted their 35 mm projectors to 2210 Christie Projects and Dolby digital surrounds sound.
The theater’s mission is “to present film and the discussion of film as a way to entertain, broaden horizons and deepen appreciation of life for New Hampshire audiences of all ages.” To that end, Red River offers a diverse program of first-run independent films, cult favorites, classics, local and regional film projects, foreign films and lots of discussions. Conversation and civic engagement are at the heart of what makes Red River so popular in the community and so important to the New Hampshire cultural scene.
Red River Theatres is a 3-screen, 8,500 square foot arts cinema in the lower level of Capital Commons, at 11 S. Main Street in downtown Concord. The two larger cinemas are equipped with state-of-the art audio systems, digital projection equipment and stadium seating. The smaller cinema is flexibly designed with 48 removable seats so that we may host workshops, special showings, receptions and other art-related functions. The facility is handicap-accessible, and has been designed by Eric Palson, Chris Lizotte and Anthony Mento of Sheerr McCrystal Palson Architecture Inc. of Concord.
Our Concession Stand offers beer, wine, sandwiches, coffee and locally-made chocolates in addition to our great popcorn and soda offerings. We’ve also got a small gallery that monthly offers local artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work and gives patrons something more to look at while waiting for a show to start.
Attached to Capital Commons is a 510-space parking garage, with an entrance on Storrs Street and garage access directly into the building. The theater can also be accessed through a street-level door along the pedestrian plaza on Main Street.
- The Lincoln Financial Cinema has 156 seats and is equipped with Christie 2210 digital projection equipment and Dolby surround sound.
- The Stonyfield Farm Culture Cinema seats 109 and is equipped with Christie 2210 digital projection equipment and Dolby surround sound.
- The Jaclyn Simchik Memorial Cinema is an intimate multi-purpose room, capable of seating 48 and is equipped with high-end DVD equipment.
Elevator Access to Red River Theatres
From Main Street:
Travel the city’s newly bricked pathway that runs alongside of Capital Commons and above the theater’s entrance. Enter into the elevator (marked *PL). Take the elevator to L1, and enter into Red River Theatres via the glass doors and then the gray steel doors.
From the parking garage:
The theater can be immediately accessed from the parking garage at Level 2. Go through the doors and around the back of the elevator shaft to level G2. Enter the elevator and take it up a half flight to Level L1. Enter into Red River Theatres via the glass doors and then the gray steel doors.