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Normally a free movie involves sitting in front of the TV trying to watch a film while it's interrupted every few minutes by noisy, awful commercials. Not exactly a movie buff's ideal situation. But now you can sit in the lap of luxury in the screening room of downtown's Hotel Deluxe, with a no-host food and beverage menu from Gracie's Restaurant and the Driftwood Lounge. Once a month they host a Sunday Movie Night with feature films and shorts by local and regional filmmakers, and on Jan. 20 at 6:30 pm they'll be featuring "Grandma Zula's Legacy" a documentary about racism, community service and activism during the 1940s through the 70s in Portland.
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And the St. Johns Library is getting into the act with a free monthly series called Sunday Cinema Classics. On Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 pm they'll be showing Frank Capra's "Lost Horizon" with Ronald Coleman and Jane Wyatt. While they probably won't be serving drinks and snacks, it'd be a great opportunity to explore this developing neighborhood.