About the Moxie
The Moxie Cinema enriches the cultural life of Springfield through the presentation and discussion of films of social import and high artistic quality.
Open 7 days a week for 365 days of the year since Sept. 27, 2005. In that time, we have attracted 258,348 people downtown to see more than 1,100 different movies. In 2014, we hosted 1,987 screenings of 128 different movies or collections of short films. 92% of those would otherwise never have screened in the Ozarks.
It all started with two movie lovers that worked very hard. Dan and Nicole Chilton met while working at a movie theater and went on to open the Moxie Cinema in September 2005. The first official screening was the indie drama “Me and You and Everyone We Know.” In 2008, Dan and Nicole became parents and started thinking about the next stage in their life. Once word broke that the Chiltons were selling, a group of Moxie goers rallied together and secured financing to purchase the Moxie and transition to a not for profit model in the summer of 2009.
As a non-profit, The Moxie continues to screen first run independent and foreign films that would otherwise never come to town. In addition, we have created a robust membership program and launched a kids’ education program. To date, we have hosted 6,000+ kids during our regular Moxie Mornings screenings. In 2013, more than 1,000 people donated the money needed for the $120,000 conversion to digital projection before the industry phased out 35mm film distribution. Our commitment to collaboration has led to a wide array of partnerships with local organizations including: The Springfield Greene-County Library; Sister Cities; PechaKucha Springfield; Ragtag Cinema in Columbia, MO; Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery; the Springfield Regional Arts Council; the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield, N.A.A.C.P, Drury University and more.
Ye Olde Blog
Before there was the Moxie Cinema there was moxiecinema.com. Dan Chilton chronicled the process of starting and maintaining a small, independently-owned, art-house theater. Although the blog has been known to meander from time to time, it always seems to find its way back. This blog doesn’t cotton to nobody, no how. Read more here.