To understand Perisphere it is first necessary to understand the Trylon Cinema. The Trylon is a nonprofit movie theater run by three dedicated staff members and over forty volunteers located at 2820 E 33rd St. in Minneapolis that specializes in screening repertory—classic, forgotten, and revival—cinema. Our theater features reel-to-reel 35mm film projection and a state-of-the-art digital cinema projection system. We opened as a microcinema in 2009, with 52 seats and two Century Model SA 35mm projectors. In 2017, we expanded into a full-fledged cinema with 90 seats, DCP projection, and a brand new expanded lobby and box office. In addition to holding screenings at least 5 nights a week at our theater, we also partner with local organizations and nonprofits as well as other locally owned independent movie theaters, like The Heights and The Riverview.
Perisphere is the Trylon’s blog, and it’s a space to think about what it means to show films from the past in the present. Our goal is to create a forum for volunteers and community members to contribute writing about our upcoming and current programming. We encourage our authors to write about the films we screen and anything that seems connected to our programming or to film exhibition, production, distribution, formats, censorship, etc. In short, we post all kinds of writing and artwork, and we think of Perisphere as a platform for larger discussions with our volunteers, our audience, and the larger Twin Cities film community. Perisphere is a space for people who love the Trylon and who love movies, where folks can present personal connections to and critical reflections on films and filmmakers as well as the film industry, its history, and its representations.
TRYLON is operated by Take-Up Productions, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.