Cinémathèque @ the Camden Opera House, a new monthly film program celebrating the best of classic, foreign and cult cinema, will debut Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. and the downtown venue.

Cinémathèque @ the Camden Opera House’s selections for the big screen aim to challenge, invigorate and promote dialogue. Casual post-show discussions at nearby 40 Paper will follow each screening, including half-price drinks, starting at 9 p.m.

The inaugural series screening will feature “Girlfriends” (1978, USA), which takes place against the unmistakable backdrop of 1970s New York City. Anne (Anita Skinner) and Susan (Melanie Mayron) struggle to launch their artistic careers, until Anne’s eventual marriage leaves Susan to continue her everyday dramas alone. This hilarious, overlooked classic, directed by Claudia Weill, is one of the greatest on-screen representations of female friendship. It runs an hour and 28 minutes.

General admission tickets are $8, available at the door only. The series is curated by Joanna Spinks and sponsored by 40 Paper.

Cinémathèque will run Mondays at 7 p.m.; upcoming screenings are set for Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8. For more information, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or