by | May 1, 2021 | Films


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at the Garfield Theatre

Friday, May 21, 7:00 & Sunday, May 23, 4:00

The Fall has everything you want to see in a film – drama, adventure, mystery, emotion and spectacle – built into a story arc that includes crises, transformation and reconciliation.

It is also visually dazzling, shot over four years on 60 locations in 28 countries – taking us to real places we will likely never visit – in a stunning feast for the eyes composed of exotic locations and architecturally amazing structures.

The Fall tells two stories, one within another, intertwining reality and fantasy, straddling the realms of story and storytelling. The principal characters and supporting cast are active in each, with a narrative style that recalls both The Wizard of Oz and Pan’s Labyrinth. Wisely, the director keeps his stories simple, allowing comfortable embrace of reality and fantasy.

The lead performances are remarkable, as Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru give us two believable central characters we care deeply about. The unique story structure, excellent cinematography and exotic locations bring it all together to engage and hold our interest throughout.

As Roger Ebert put it: “MAGNIFICENT! The Fall is one of the most extraordinary films I’ve ever seen … there will never be another like it.”


A little less than ten minutes into THE FALL and you know something extraordinary is happening.

The film instills a sense of anxious anticipation at the outset, starting with a dramatic slow-motion black-and-white title sequence set on a railroad bridge – capturing a serious mishap backed by the ominous tones of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

THE FALL shifts to full color, quickly moving from outdoors to the dark, shadowed interiors of a convalescent hospital lit by shafts of sunlight through tall windows. A title card tells us “Los Angeles, once upon a time” and the period vehicles and costumes suggest the late teens or early 1920s.

A young girl, maybe 5 years old, left arm and shoulder in a full cast, roams the ward. She encounters a bedridden patient, late twenties. They begin a conversation. He is Roy, and she is Alexandria, her English not so good. They both were injured in a fall – she from a ladder, picking oranges; he from a railroad trestle while performing in a silent film.

Roy holds her attention with a fable about Alexander the Great, which the little girl transforms into Alexandria the Great. As he speaks, the scene shifts a third time, to the bright primary colors of a mountain of orange sand in a panoramic desert landscape where a small group of Alexander’s Macedonian warriors are on foot…


See two video clips, bottom of this webpage…


The Garfield Theatre reopened on selected weekends starting April 9, with significant capacity reduction and attention to personal safety. Please review the safety protocols and terms of purchase sections before ordering tickets.

“THE FALL,” director Tarsem Singh Dhabdwar, USA/South Africa/India, 2008, 117 minutes, in English.  Starring Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru, supported by Justine Waddell, Julian Bleach.

☀ THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.   Google Map    Garfield Parking Options

☀ Friday, May 21, 7:00 pm and Sunday, May 23, 4:00 pm.

Tickets are $10, sold in advance only, available online via the Tix Button, and by phone at (859) 957-3456.  As usual, tickets are no-refund/no-exchange, although we will try to help if you need to change dates and there is sufficient lead time and seat avails with safe spacing.

The Garfield offers a direct indoor path from the front door to wheelchair spaces and companion seats (no ramps, no stairs). Individuals using walkers, scooters or wheelchairs should call (859) 957-3456 at least 48 hours in advance to confirm your screening date and time. When notified, our staff will be standing by to assist.

Purchase of a ticket confirms acceptance by the purchaser that the presenter/host and their staff will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of attendance at this event.
Purchaser declares that they will not attend unless in good health on the day of the event. Further, purchaser understands it is impossible to guarantee that they will not be exposed to Covid-19 and will attend at their own risk.


CWC is reopening the Garfield Theatre in a cautious manner, with limited capacity and a limited number of screenings. We will continue to put patron safety first. Please understand that it is impossible to guarantee that you will not be exposed to Covid-19 when you attend in person and that by purchasing a ticket you voluntarily assume the risk. If you are not feeling well or think you have been exposed, please stay home and watch the online films in our Virtual Cinema.

Garfield SAFETY PROTOCOLS are common-sense elements you’ve seen before:CLICK TO ENLARGE

  • Screening room seating is significantly reduced, at or below 25% of capacity. Every other row is closed, with a minimum of three empty seats between parties in occupied rows. You may sit with your group of five or fewer people in the theatre, but must maintain 3-seat in-row separation between other pods.
  • Masks are required at all times, in the lobby and in the theatre, before, during and after screenings, except when actively eating or drinking in your seat.
  • Maintain proper 6′ distancing and please do not congregate in the lobby. Wait outside the theatre to be admitted and seated.
  • No imported food or drink allowed, no eating or drinking in the lobby. The CWC concession menu will be limited to prepackaged snacks and beverages. Hand sanitizer stations are in the lobby and restrooms.
  • To limit contact, tickets are for sale ONLY online and by phone, not at the box office.
  • CWC staff will wear masks. We will clean high-touch areas, turn-over seating and restrooms between programs, as applicable.
  • Exit by row to reduce congestion. Dispose of all recycle/regular trash in the appropriate bins.
  • Be patient with staff and other patrons. Everyone is excited to return to the Garfield – we’re all doing our very best to make it enjoyable and safe.

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Thanks to O-Cinema, Miami Beach, for the Covid Chart


It couldn’t be easier – across the street from the Garfield Theatre, you’ll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees, sides and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks.

For CWC patrons, general manager Michaele Kadivnik offers a 15% discount on your order, excluding alcohol; menu is on the website. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially if you are dining between a CWC double feature. You should present your online confirmation or ticket from the event, and let your server know if there are time constraints. The discount is valid only for the date of ticket.

HOURS: MON-TUE, closed; WED-THS, 4-10 pm; FRI-SAT, 4-12 am; SUN, 4-10 pm. The kitchen closes one hour before the restaurant, every night. Hours and menu subject to change – check the website before booking. RESERVATIONS: 513-954-8974 or

SAFETY PROTOCOLS, from Butcher & Barrel management:
“We are providing table service ONLY, no bar seating, and all guests must remain seated at all times.  ALL GUESTS are required to wear face masks when they arrive, and while in any common spaces. In compliance with the most recent government guidelines, we cannot allow guests to wait for a table in common areas and reservations are accepted for groups of UP TO 10 guests ONLY.”

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