Osio Theater

Osio Theater's marquee in Monterey.

When the former Osio Cinemas closed down and declared bankruptcy in 2015, former employees rallied to reopen the place. Through a Kickstarter campaign, they raised more than $76,000 from 621 donors and reopened as Osio Theater. 

Now, management of downtown Monterey's indie movie theater is changing again, this time with a transition to nonprofit status. The IRS granted the Osio 501(c)(3) status in September, and in February, the board announced the new structure.

Brandi Lamb is interim executive director of Osio Theater and also runs Cafe Lumiere in the same building. Lamb says it was always part of the plan.

“The nonprofit was always our intention when we opened the theater originally,” Lamb writes in an email. “We are now able to offer our educational program and bring more outreach opportunities.

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“We are in the process of funding an after-school youth filmmaking program that teaches students how to make films with readily available equipment like iPads and smartphones,” she adds. “We will also be able to fund off-site film series to other areas of Monterey County, like Salinas, unincorporated Monterey County and South County.”

The Osio Theater’s grand reopening will take place Saturday, March 9 with screenings at 5pm and 7pm. $15 tickets include food, beer and wine tastings from Scheid Vineyards, Pierce Ranch Vineyards and Alvarado Street Brewery.

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