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 our 35 mm projectors to 2010 Christie Projectors with Dolby Digital Surround 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 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 discussion. 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 state of the art 3-screen, 8,500 square foot Arthouse cinema in the lower level of Capital Commons, at 11 S. Main Street in downtown Concord. The two larger cinemas are equipped with Dolby digital sound, Christie 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.
The concession stand, The Indie Cafe, offers beer, wine, sandwiches by The Works, Mitchell’s Salsa and Chips, coffee and locally-made chocolates in addition to our great popcorn and soda offerings. There is also a small Art gallery that monthly offers local artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work to our many patrons, members and donors.
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 seats 156 people plus spaces for wheelchairs. Christie Digital projection and Full Digital Dolby surround sound available (Supported formats: Blu-Ray, DVD, DCP). There is a small stage at front of house with ample room in the front for speakers, musicians, etc.
The Lincoln Financial Cinema
The Stonyfield Farm Culture Center
The Stonyfield Farm Culture Center seats 110 people. Christie Digital projection is available (Supported formats: Blu-Ray, DVD, DCP). Front of house offers ample room for speakers, musicians etc.
Jaclyn Simchik Memorial Cinema
Our most popular and versatile space, the Jaclyn Simchik Memorial Cinema is a cozy, fan-shaped room with DVD and projection capability. The JSC (aka the Screening Room) seats up 55 people, with movable chairs, which allow for a variety of set-up options.
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.
Red River is the best cinematic experience that my wife and I have ever had – viewing angle, sound, seating, snacks, staff, web site are top shelf, and the movie selections themselves are talked about for days.
My favorite place to see a movie. I always know that whenever I drop in to Red River Theatres, I’ll have a great cinematic experience.
Red River Theatres enhances the quality of life in Concord and throughout New Hampshire by offering a continuous selection of the finest and most critically acclaimed movies ranging from independent gems to documentaries to foreign films.
Red River Theatres, Inc.
11 S. Main Street Suite L1-1
Concord, NH 03301
Movie Phone: 603.224.4600
Main Office: 603.224.4697