Category: Reel Monday

“Edge of the World”: An historical epic adventure

“Edge of the World”: An historical epic adventure

Our first film of our Reel Monday season kicks off this Monday, January 24 with Edge of the World. Tickets are available on Eventbrite: $50 for a season pass of 4 films, $38 for Feb/Mar/Apr, or $15 for individual movies.

Reel Monday is our 13-year-strong twice-annual movie night series bringing hand-picked films from the Critierion catalogue to the beautiful Arden Theatre. Your ticket sales cover the cost of the film licensing, rental of the Arden Theatre, and a donation to STARFest, the Library’s readers’ festival.

“This is a film that is striving to be a classic swashbuckler, a lyrical mediation on exploration and identity and a knowingly modern commentary on a deplorable but significant era in world history.”

Lindsey Behr, Associated Press

For your safety: The Arden Theatre is following Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program. All attendees must show proof of two doses of vaccine and their ID, and all attendees must be masked at all times (no food/drink permitted). We usually max at 1/4 occupancy of the theatre, so there’s lot of room to distance. If you can’t attend for health reasons but still want to support the Library, you can donate to us online via CanadaHelps!

Here’s our lineup of films for the Winter 2022 season:

  • Edge of the World • January 24, 2022

    In 1840s Borneo, Sir James Brooke defies the British Empire to rule a jungle kingdom and embarks on a crusade to end piracy, slavery, and head-hunting.

  • 12 Mighty Orphans • February 14, 2022

    During the Great Depression, Rusty Russell gives up a privileged position to coach football at an orphanage in Fort Worth, Texas; whipping his young players into shape, they soon become an inspiration to their city, state and an entire nation.

  • Ride the Eagle • March 21, 2022

    A man’s estranged mother dies and leaves him a conditional inheritance. Before he can move into her picturesque cabin, he has to complete her to-do list and step into his mother’s world as she tries to make amends from beyond the grave.

  • Just Mercy • April 4, 2022

    Harvard Law alumnus Bryan Stevenson perseveres to overturn the conviction of Walter McMillian and save him from a death sentence.

Reel Monday at the Arden Theatre
Announcing the Reel Monday Winter 2022 Season

Announcing the Reel Monday Winter 2022 Season

We’re excited to announce our Reel Monday Movie Nights Winter 2022 season! We still have a 2021 screening coming up on December 13 (“In the Heights”), but we wanted to give you a head start at buying Reel Monday tickets as Christmas gifts!

Join us at the Arden Theatre for special film screenings on Monday nights at 7:00 pm, monthly from January to April! All proceeds support the St. Albert Public Library.

  • Edge of the World: January 24
  • 12 Mighty Orphans: February 14
  • Ride the Eagle: March 21
  • Just Mercy: April 4

Get your season pass for $50, or purchase individual tickets at $15 for each movie you are interested in (plus Eventbrite fees).

  • The Arden Theatre operates under the Restrictions Exemption Program, requiring QR code proof of full COVID vaccination and face masks. More info: https://stalbert.ca/city/eps/preparedness/resources/public-health-measures/
  • No refunds are available, as this is a fundraiser event.
  • Tickets are not available at the door, but can be purchased online at any time until the screening starts.

Check out what these movies are all about. The links take you to the trailers.

Edge of the World (Released 2021): In 1840s Borneo, Sir James Brooke defies the British Empire to rule a jungle kingdom and embarks on a crusade to end piracy, slavery, and head-hunting.


12 Mighty Orphans (Released 2021): During the Great Depression, Rusty Russell gives up a privileged position to coach football at an orphanage in Fort Worth, Texas; whipping his young players into shape, they soon become an inspiration to their city, state and an entire nation.


Ride the Eagle (Released 2021): A man’s estranged mother dies and leaves him a conditional inheritance. Before he can move into her picturesque cabin, he has to complete her to-do list and step into his mother’s world as she tries to make amends from beyond the grave.


Just Mercy (Released 2019): Harvard Law alumnus Bryan Stevenson perseveres to overturn the conviction of Walter McMillian and save him from a death sentence.

Reel Monday Fall 2021 Tickets

Reel Monday Fall 2021 Tickets

Join us at the Arden Theatre for special film screenings on Monday nights at 7:00 pm, monthly from September to December! All proceeds support the St. Albert Public Library.

Get your season pass for $50, or purchase your tickets $15 for each individual movie you are interested in (plus Eventbrite fees).

  • Please contact friends@sapl.ca or visit the Library Customer Service Desk if you need assistance with purchasing your tickets, whether with alternative payment options or if you need help navigating the website.
  • As this is a Friends fundraiser, there will be no refunds.
  • Tickets can be purchased online until just before the movie begins but will not be available in-person at the door before the movie.
  • By September 27, it is expected that there will be no requirements for masking or public health measures at the Arden Theatre, though we do not know what the COVID situation will be at that time. Please check on the Arden or City website prior to the screening to see if any public health measures are in place.

The Father (2020): Anthony is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne, encouragingly introduces. Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony’s grip on reality is unravelling. As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling to? How does Anne cope as she grieves the loss of her father, while he still lives and breathes before her? THE FATHER warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant – a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives.

The Public (2019): An unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an “Occupy” sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what’s really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation’s most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

French Exit (2021): “My plan was to die before the money ran out,” says 60-year-old penniless Manhattan socialite Frances Price (Michelle Pfeiffer), but things didn’t go as planned. Her husband Franklin has been dead for 12 years and with his vast inheritance gone, she cashes in the last of her possessions and resolves to live out her twilight days anonymously in a borrowed apartment in Paris, accompanied by her directionless son Malcolm (Lucas Hedges) and a cat named Small Frank—who may or may not embody the spirit of Frances’s dead husband.

In The Heights (2021): In Washington Heights, N.Y., the scent of warm coffee hangs in the air just outside of the 181st St. subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is a likeable and magnetic bodega owner (Anthony Ramos) who hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

Reel Monday Fall 2021 Dates

Reel Monday Fall 2021 Dates

The Friends of the Library are happy to announce that movies for Reel Monday will begin again in September. We have been given 4 dates by the Arden Theatre (the links take you to the movie trailers):

This is a “save the date” so you can keep these Monday evenings free to attend the movies. Once details are firmed up with the Arden and a date for when tickets go on sale is given, we will share more information. Below is some advance information regarding ticket sales:

  • Tickets must be purchased through the Arden Theatre. This is to ensure that the Arden has control of ticketing and has the ability to contact trace should a member of the audience test positive for COVID.
  • As with any Arden event, ticket purchases will include a service charge.
  • Ticket prices are: Season ticket of 4 for $50. Single tickets $15 each.
  • As this is a Friends fundraiser, there will be no refunds for unused tickets.
  • Tickets can be purchased online until just before the movie begins but will not be available in-person at the door before the movie.

Up to date information will be posted on the Friends website www.friendsofsapl.ca and on the Friends Facebook page. Please contact Valerie Spink at vspink@shaw.ca with any questions.

All Reel Monday proceeds benefit STARFest – St. Albert Readers’ Festival.