CinemArts Executive Director Chalkley said he and fellow film fan Campbell, director of programming, served on the movie committee at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick before deciding to launch their own film-based organization.
"We wanted to be sort of community-based, and we wanted to encourage more appreciation of film by showing such a broad mix of movies," Chalkley said. "We're trying to focus on things that have never played in the area. Most people in Frederick, in Hagerstown have to drive down to the cities to see some of the movies we show."
CinemArts presents films every other Tuesday evening at the Cultural Arts Center, 15 W. Patrick St. in Frederick. Admission costs $5, and concessions are available. Since opening in May 2004 with "Girl with a Pearl Earring," the nonprofit organization has screened movies including "El Mariachi," "Lost in Translation," "Whale Rider," "Super Size Me," "Osama" and "The Triplettes of Belleville." CinemArts shows classic films and newer releases, foreign films and domestic favorites. There are offerings for sci-fi junkies and thriller-seekers, animation buffs and music lovers.