Osio Theater

350 Alvarado St., Monterey (831) 901-3119, osiotheater.com

When you think of ’80s movies, the big references will be E.T., Ghostbusters, The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, Beverly Hills Cop. Awesome. But if the Osio were to do the ’80s, it would be the underground stuff, like Jim Jarmusch’s quirky Stranger Than Paradise, David Lynch’s dark Blue Velvet, Penelope Spheeris’ disturbing Suburbia, Michael Moore’s bittersweet Roger & Me, Spike Lee’s refreshing She’s Gotta Have It. It’s gone through a few permutations in its 15 or so years. The latest: They’ve been granted nonprofit status. Interim Executive Director Brandi Lamb says that gives the theater more revenue sources to keep those awesome indie films coming, as well as beginning a youth filmmaking program and doing film series in underserved parts of Monterey County. Word up.

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