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Digital Gym Cinema Moving to New Venue in 2021
Media Arts Center San Diego’s Digital Gym Cinema to move to new state-of-the-art facility in 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA– After 10 years of serving the North Park community, the Media Arts Center San Diego’s (MACSD) beloved art-house theater, the Digital Gym Cinema, is relocating from its current location (2921 El Cajon Blvd) to a new downtown San Diego venue in September 2021. We are in negotiations with our partner and the details are in final stages of development and will be revealed in the near future. The new space promotes the expansion of Digital Gym’s abundant programs, including the curation of its cinema, youth-oriented educational filmmaking initiatives, and its community video production department. To be the first to hear about our new space, register to receive our eNewsletter at www.digitalgym.org.
As MACSD has been doing since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, our Digital Gym Cinema will continue offering programs virtually throughout 2020-2021; up until the new venue opens. Current virtual programs include the award-winning Teen Producers Project, Youth Media & Tech Camps, programs in partnership with schools, upcoming re-imagined virtual version of the 27th San Diego Latino Film Festival in September, and film programming of acclaimed independent/foreign movies.
Founder/Executive Director, Ethan van Thillo, states “10 years ago MACSD took a huge leap of faith in converting a vacant and dilapidated old auto parts storefront into a thriving arthouse cinema and community technology center. Thank you to the 1000s of San Diegans, volunteers, community partners, funders, & staff who made this innovative and unique space a sustainable reality; and a vibrant venue for great movies, community events, and film education classes. In 2021, we’re very excited to continue all our great virtual programs; and then take the in-person Digital Gym concept to a new state-of-the-art downtown venue, which we can’t wait to share with everyone in the region.”
In celebration of our 10 years in the North Park facility, Media Arts Center San Diego will be hosting a virtual celebration of the Digital Gym on August 26th, 2020. Patrons are invited to attend this on line celebration, share photos/memories; and bid a fond farewell to this unique venue that revitalized a key section of the North Park neighborhood via its year-round Youth Media classes, annual Take Back the Alley project, filmmaking workshops, gift shop, and world-class cinema screenings. Virtual celebration to be held on line at: www.facebook.com/digitalgymsandiego & www.youtube.com/macsd.
About Media Arts Center San Diego’s Digital Gym Cinema: The Digital Gym Cinema venue and concept is owned and operated by MACSD, a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization. MACSD has been promoting independent movies and teaching the art of filmmaking for over 27 years in the San Diego Border Region. Its programs and services include Youth Media & Tech Camps, Teen Producers Project, Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, Digital Gym Cinema, iVIE Awards & Student Film Festival, and Community Video Production Services. In 2010, MACSD relocated from Golden Hills to North Park. The current Digital Gym Cinema building on 2921 El Cajon Blvd. was revitalized from an auto parts store into a thriving community tech. space and movie theater. The space served countless emerging filmmakers of all ages through its educational programs; produced professional and cutting-edge content for partners; and screened unique and independent cinema year-round. Click here for a small glimpse of Digital Gym Cinema’s history in North Park.