Springfield, MO | http://www.moxiecinema.com/
The Moxie is a premier non-profit independent movie theater, bringing the best in cinema to Springfield, Missouri since 2004.
We exist to enrich our community through film's power to engage, educate, and inspire. Yes, we show movies and sell tickets, but at our core, we exist to make our community a better place to live.
Open 7 days a week for 365 days of the year since Sept. 27, 2005. In that time, we have attracted 400,000+ people downtown to see more than 1,400 different movies. In 2019, we hosted 31,187 screenings of 128 different movies or collections of short films. 92% of those would otherwise never have screened in the Ozarks.
Over the past 10 years, the Moxie’s core offering has not changed. But our brand has. We started as a for-profit, local cinema. We were a scrappy, DIY, mom-and-pop, first run arthouse theater. We have grown into a mission and member-driven non-profit organization dedicated to bringing important, interesting and thoughtful films and events to town. Selling tickets is a means to achieving our mission and keeping our doors open, not our end goal – instead, we are focused on finding films and hosting events that ignite discussion and add value to the lives of our patrons.
We love film and believe in its power to transport viewers. It is a medium that thrusts us first-hand into someone else’s reality, giving us a tangible and emotional experience, whether positive, negative or neutral. Through film, we can expand our understanding of the world, and our place in it.
We see our role as that of curator, sorting through the mass of films across various genres to select those that will have the most impact and meaning to our audience. We know leisure time and money is finite so our goal is to show high-quality, insightful films that enrich our viewers. We want our patrons to leave the Moxie--whether they liked the film or not--feeling better for having the experience. It’s entertainment with substance.
But we do more than “show movies.” We use film to connect and enrich our community. We want to educate, advocate and inform about—and through--cinema. This translates into regular screenings of classic cinema with post-show discussions exploring the form. It also can be seen through our community partner screenings which use film as a jumping off point to explore and array of important issues through post show discussions. Our ever-expanding kids programming educates (and entertains) through great animated shorts (Moxie Mornings); feature length classics (Moxie Flix); and actual classes with our Visual Literacy Experience Field Trips. And finally, we engage and promote local film talent through local screenings and kid workshops that explore the building blocks of visual storytelling.