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Things are going down in downtown Medicine Hat, as Amy Gervais of Rapscallion Design discusses on the Rapscallion website.

Some time ago, Medicine Hat Media discovered duplicate, but vastly different designed content for The Monarch, which we blogged about under the title “The Monarch Identity Crisis?“. Soon after we learned that The Monarch Theatre simply was not paying their bills or being thankful for the hundreds of hours of volunteer work that it took to get the theatre up and running.

The duplicate content can be found at, which according to Amy Gervais’ story, was commissioned by the City Centre Development Agency with complete disregard to the design continuity and branding.

Medicine Hat Media, with the help of Ashley Meller, was behind The Monarch Theatre’s revitalization project from the get go. We advertised every show that was in Kin Coulee and even came out to support the events. We advertised movies that were playing and many of us behind Medicine Hat Media have regularly attended their screenings.

Medicine Hat residents and businesses should be supporting each other, not selling each other short. Who cares about a “historical downtown” if it just becomes derelict? Some of us at Medicine Hat Media are now going to withdraw all support from the theatre as we do not want to be a part of such a disappointing situation. If you are also concerned about the happenings and the state of Downtown Medicine Hat, please contact the city council.

9th Annual Medicine Hat Film Festival

9th Annual Medicine Hat Film Festival

The 9th Annual Medicine Hat Film Festival is a five-day event that will be held from February 24 – 28, 2010. We are pleased to announce that our festival will take place at The Monarch Theatre in downtown Medicine Hat. Our group brings to Medicine Hat some of the best films shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. Often we provide the only opportunity for people to see them on the big screen in the Hat. To complement the great films, we host some of the actors, directors and producers to talk about their films after the screening, followed by a reception at the Cypress Club. We also show a film for families. The Medicine Hat Film Festival has created a rich cultural experience for the people of southern Alberta. Profits from the festival have gone toward building and maintaining the DVD collection at the Medicine Hat Public Library. In addition, we provide funding for the free films shown on a regular basis at the library. Thanks for helping us to continue the Medicine Hat Film Festival.

Medicine Hat Film Festival Website

Food, Inc. at the Monarch Theatre

Food, Inc. at the Monarch Theatre

Food, Inc. is an American movie and documentary that exposes the industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers’ rights. It is directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Rober Kenner and was originally released in Canada on September 7th, 2008. The documentary generated extensive controversy as it was heavily criticized by large American corporations engaged in industrial food production. It is being presented by the CFCA (Community Food Connections Association) and its partners.

The showing is taking place on Monday, March 8th, 2010 and the doors will open at 6:30PM and the movie will start at 7:00PM. Healthy local snacks will be provided. This one-time free showing is in celebration of the community wide launch of the Medicine Hat Food Charter.

Official Trailer:

CFCA Website

The Road Movie Poster - Wikipedia

The Road Movie Poster - Wikipedia

The Road is a novel written by Cormac McCarthy in 2006. It is about a post-apocalyptic journey of a father and his son that spans the course of several months after an event that destroyed almost all life on Earth. The novel won a few awards including the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2006 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. The Road was even one of the books chosen to read in Oprah Winfrey’s book club in 2007, and more recently a film adaptation was released for it that starred Viggo Mortensen.

The film release was pushed back two or three times over the course of 2009. Taylor and I, who have both read the book, were eagerly awaiting the release and were crushed each time it was delayed. Finally on November 25, 2009, it was released. Unfortunately, this was only a limited release that was shown in under 400 theatres, and the film only made just under $12 million worldwide in the two months since its release.

The film seems to have skipped Medicine Hat completely and gone to the cheaper theatres, such as the Lethbridge Movie Mill. So make a day trip and go see it, and check out Red Dog Diner along the way.

The Road Film

The Road Novel on Wikipedia

“They left their normal lives in Canada to take up arms in Italy during World War II. Now, on the 65th anniversary of the Italian Campaign – veterans retrace their steps, where they experienced the cruelty that is war. Watch the new CHAT TV documentary “The Forgotten War.” Premiering Tuesday January 26, at 7:30 on CHAT TV.

This Documentary will also be shown at the Monarch Theatre as a pre-feature to the award winning film ‘The Hurt Locker’ (on January 28th). This is a special screening that CHAT TV, MY96 and CHAT 94.5 will be giving away tickets for. Tune-in to win in the days leading up to this event.

Contributor, Mike has made me aware of a news segment broadcasted on CHAT TV that was just recently aired on January 14th. Just weeks after the Medicine Hat city council voted down funding options that would of seen construction begin on an event centre in our city, the community of Brooks begins to celebrate the opening of their new arena. While it’s easy to compare both of our cities because we are so close, that’s kind of a blind-sided thing to do. Medicine Hat is a different city than Brooks is, especially in the finance/money spending department, but being so close… it’s hard not to see this as ironic or sad in some way. Well… that is if you are for the events centre.

I’m sure most of you reading this already know about how the events centre was recently shot down for funding by council; however, you may not know exactly how it all started, or maybe you don’t remember. What the initial idea was, the reasoning, and how far back the planning goes. Fortunately for us, CHAT TV has decided to share the history with us, in video form. Many have stated that even though it was voted out (5 to 4) this year, it still remains in the council’s books, meaning it will happen, eventually, sometime, in the future… maybe? But as also pointed out, the wait = more money.

A New Arena – The Inception – Originally aired in November 2005

THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t miss the Coen Brothers’ best work since NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN! Starting Wednesday at The Monarch Theatre.


Written & Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen

Written & Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen
Rated 14A   Run Time: 1h 45m

“A bold, unique, exquisite gem.” – Boyd Hilton, Heat Magazine

“A seriously funny film about an angst-ridden Jewish professor seeking the answers to life’s questions and getting a metaphysical pie in the face. “ – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter


Wednesday December  2nd –  7:30 PM
Thursday December 3rd – 7:30 PM
Friday December 4th – 7:30 PM
Saturday December 5th – 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday December 6th – 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances, Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry’s unemployable brother Arthur (Richard Kind) is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny (Aaron Wolff) is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Amelia Movie PosterThe Monarch Theatre – 609 2 Street SE Medicine Hat, AB (403) 526-2603


Starring: Hilary Swank, Ewan McGregor, Richard Gere
Directed by: Mira Nair

Wednesday, November 25th – 7:30 PM
Friday, November 27th – 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 28th – 3:00 & 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 29th – 3:00 & 7:30 PM

View HD Trailer

Amelia stars two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart, the legendary aviatrix and enigmatic symbol of American freedom and determination, whose unique mixture of bravery and charm and genuine lust for life led her to lead a life that was anything but ordinary for a woman of the 1930’s.

Earhart’s early aviation triumphs and meteoric rise to fame and fortune were propelled along by her tempestuous partnership and eventual marriage to publisher George Putnam (Richard Gere). Bound by mutual ambition, admiration and, ultimately a great love, their bond could not be broken even with her brief passionate affair with fellow pilot Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor). THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Join the Monarch Theatre mailing list at http://www.themonarch.caWhip It
Starring: Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore

Rated PG
Run Time: 1h 51m

FRIDAY NOV. 20 – 7:30 PM
SATURDAY NOV. 21 – 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
SUNDAY NOV. 22 – 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with Whip It!, the story of an indie rock-loving misfit named Bliss Cavendar (played by Juno’s Ellen Page) who, against her traditional Texan mother’s objections, leaves the world of teen beauty pageants and tiaras behind after joining a roller-derby team in Austin. While her new-found hobby causes tensions at home, the rebellious teen learns that when your small-town misery gets you down, sometimes you just have to strap on a pair of skates and become your own hero.

“Barrymore has so thoroughly laced Whip It with her own lunatic affections for women and the human race in general that it ought to be sold as an antidepressant.” – Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe

“Scene for scene and beat for beat, this roller derby crowd-pleaser crackles with joy and jubilation.” – Colin Covert, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

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