The Valley’s cinema lovers look to the Crystal Theatre for a carefully curated selection of titles – the artful, soulful, thought-provoking films often overlooked by big movie plexes. Now, during Covid-19, you can tap into the Crystal’s eclectic and deeply reflective stories from the social-distance of your living room through a streaming service in which 50% of the proceeds go to support Carbondale’s Main Street theatre.

Simply link to the distribution site, purchase the film, and watch from your phone, computer or live-stream to your television.

Current Shows:


Available through Aug 6
$12. for a 3-day rental
Documentary (PG-13)  95 min.
On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a spark from a transmission line in Northern California, coupled with climate-impacted conditions, quickly grew into a devastating firestorm that engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history. 

From the moment the crisis began, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard led a filmmaking team to the city and would go on to spend a year with Paradise residents, documenting their efforts to recover what was lost. The Camp Fire and its overwhelming aftermath showed a community that worked together to heal. They  went on to forge a bond stronger than what they had before the catastrophe, even as their hope and spirit were challenged by continued adversity


Marona’s Fantastic Tale

Available through August 6
$9.99. for a 3-day rental
From France. Subtitled. Animation
(not rated)  90 min

After an accident, an optimistic stray dog named Marona looks back on the human companions she has loved throughout her life. As Marona’s memory journeys into the past, her unfailing empathy and love brings lightness and innocence into each of her owners’ lives.

Delivered alongside dazzlingly colorful, sweeping designs produced in part by acclaimed artist Brecht Evens, Marona’s Fantastic Tale is a life-affirming story told with the patient, boundless love of a dog, and reminds us that happiness is a small thing.



The Tobacconist

Available through August 6
$12. for a 5-day rental
From Germany.  Subtitled.
(not rated)  1 hr 50 min

A drama about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.

Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz, “Wings of Desire”, “Downfall”), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?

Available Through August 6
$12.  rental
Documentary (PG)  95 min

Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 79 years old, this documentary explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957.  Interviews include Lewis and his family and other people who figure prominently in his life.

“Excellent. A joyful, galvanizing portrait of a life radically and fully lived.” Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

Rest in Peace John Lewis

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

Available through August 6

$4.99 for a 3-day rental 
Documentary (not rated)  81 min
Master chef, teacher, cookbook author, and environmental activist Diana Kennedy is widely regarded as the world’s expert on Mexican cuisine. Now in her 90s, this British ex-pat is a fierce jolt of energy that has become one of the most celebrated culinary legends of Mexican cooking.  She is often referred to as the “Julia Child of Mexico”, but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine.” 

Walk-Up Weekend Concessions

Friday & Saturday
6:30 – 8:00 PM

Bring the cinema to your living room with Crystal Theatre popcorn, candies and fountain sodas.

Order and pay at the ticket counter.

Masks and social distancing required.



POPCORN photo credit: Pylz Works on Unsplash