Silver Linings: San Antonio’s arts community weighs in on the positive side effects of quarantine

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click to enlarge COURTESY OF SLAB CINEMA
Courtesy of Slab Cinema
Angela Martinez, co-founder of Slab Cinema
To me, the 2020 Word of the Year is “pivot,” and what’s impressed me is how many of us were able to pivot as we adapted to changing circumstances.

One good thing that happened for Slab Cinema this year is we did a 180 turn from where we were in 2019 (big screenings of popular titles) to something that closely resembled us when we started in 2004 — intimate screenings of arthouse films spanning multiple genres and decades. It was liberating to no longer worry whether our film selections had mass appeal.

At the same time, we also started offering actual drive-in experiences with sound transmitted over the radio. We’d always wanted to do this, but there was never a real demand to force us to learn how to make it happen.

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