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Get your indie movie fix at Small Star

Sean Philip Cotter
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A documentary about The Beatles with extended footage you'll have a hard time finding anywhere else, a dramatization of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date, a documentary about craft beer in Pennsylvania.

Over the course of a couple of weeks you'll find these movies — "The Beatles: 8 Days A Week — The Touring Years," "Southside With You" and "Blood, Sweat, & Beer," respectively — in one and only one place in York: Small Star Art House.

The alternative theater/art gallery hybrid at 232 W. Market St. in York City opened up in March and has been putting on movies, exhibits and other random events such as a "wiener-dog parade" since.

SMALL STAR Art House Founder Patti Stirk, poses for a photo near her cinema area in the back of her art gallery Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in York City.  Amanda J. Cain photo

This weekend the indie theater's putting on a couple of showings each of the Beatles and beer documentaries. The Beatles one was produced by Hulu and is available online, but Small Star is showing an extended cut, said Patti Stirk, who runs the movie side of the establishment — one that's not available to stream online.

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She said Small Star is one of five theaters in the state that have this cut.

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To end up with these movies, Stirk has to figure out what kinds of movies she wants and then track down the distributors for them.

"It’s just a lot of due diligence," she said.

She wants her theater to function as sort of a gateway between the downtown and WeCo — west of Codorus — neighborhoods of the city. WeCo, or "the WeCo," as Stirk liked to call it, has recently become a spot that aims to attract new businesses.

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As a small theater and gallery trying to stay afloat, Small Star also tries some things that don't really have a ton to do with movies or art, like holding a "wiener-dog parade" in August, in which people walked their dachshunds around the area.

The theater is also holding a film-appreciation class that still has a couple of open slots. For that class, which meets every Tuesday, the attendees will watch the likes of Fritz Lang's "M" or Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven," and they'll have a discussion led by an instructor.

SMALL STAR Art House Founder Patti Stirk, poses for a photo near her cinema area in the back of her art gallery Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in York City.  Amanda J. Cain photo

The art gallery side, run by Stirk's friend and local artist Carmen Walsh, features work from about 55 local artists.

The theater has shows at 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday, and tickets cost $10. For a full list of movies and their times, check out smallstaryork.com.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.