The Movies on Exchange moves

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Film fans mourned the closing of the The Movies on Exchange Street, which had been screening non-mainstream flicks since 1980, an era when the trendy Old Port was in its artsy infancy. While the theater is closed, its spirit will live on as Movies at the Museum (site operational by Feb. 17) at the Portland Museum of Art. Which is rather fitting, since its now Congress Street and the Arts District which is gaining in cool factor.

Former Movies on Exchange Street owners Stephen and Judith Halpert are acting as film consultants to the Museum. The aim is to continue to bring foreign, classical, and arts films to Portland. First up is the Beatles classic A Hard Day’s Night, slated for Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. This is the first film in the Rock & Reel series, held in conjunction with the exhibition Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography. Tickets are $7 each and are sold 1/2 hour before the movie at the Museum’s admissions desk. (If you haven’t seen this exhibit, go).

A Hard Day’s Night, Rated G: A re-release of the 1964 classic musical comedy about four shaggy-haired lads from Liverpool, this is a playful day-in-the-life look at the emerging rock stars: John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Pursued by hordes of shrieking girls caught up in “Beatlemania,” they dash in and out of railways, through London streets, and into a TV recording studio. With concert footage of The Beatles performing “She Loves You,” this movie has been called “The best rock-n-roll movie ever!” by Joel Siegel, Good Morning America.