Category: Reel Monday

Reel Monday begins September 12

Reel Monday begins September 12

Monday, September 12 marks our first film of the fall Reel Monday season – Love Sarah! See below for a synopsis of the film.

Reel Monday is our major fundraiser for the St. Albert Public Library, with a film screening once a month at the beautiful Arden Theatre. All profits support the important work of our amazing Library!

This season, we are required to sell our tickets via the Arden Theatre box office. Tickets can be purchased with season passes or individually. The process for season passes has a few extra steps, so we have prepared a guide below. Season passes are $50 (save $10!) and individual tickets are $15 each.


Purchasing Season Passes Online

  1. Go to tickets.stalbert.ca
  2. Click “Log In” at the top menu to log in or create a new account.
  3. Purchase a season pass:
  4. Redeem your season pass to get tickets for each movie:
    • Click on “Tickets” at the top menu.
    • Select “Reel Monday Movie Nights” from the drop down menu and Search.
    • Add tickets for each screening to your cart:
    • Go to your “Cart” at the top menu and select the blue “Redeem Pass/Gift Certificate” button.
    • Apply the season pass you wish to use. You will see your cart grand total has changed to zero out the ticket prices, since you have paid them already with your season pass.
    • Check out and receive your passes via email. You can also contact the Arden Theatre or the Library to print them for you.

The Arden also prepared a document guide for your convenience.

If you’re only able to attend some of the movies, you can purchase individual tickets.


Season passes can be purchased online, by phone, or in-person at the Arden Theatre. Please note that the box office by phone or in-person is only open from 10 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday.

Option 2: Phone


780-459-1542

Monday to Friday
10 am to 2 pm

Option 3: In Person


Arden Theatre at 5 St. Anne Street

Monday to Friday
10 am to 2 pm

The line up of films includes the following:

  • Love Sarah • September 12, 2022

    A young woman wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma. (Candice Brown, Shelley Conn, Shannon Tarbet)

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye • October 3, 2022

    In the 1970s, Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, Jim, rise from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park. Tammy Faye becomes legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, financial improprieties, scheming rivals and a scandal soon threaten to topple their carefully constructed empire. (Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio)

  • Mothering Sunday • November 7, 2022

    The story takes place on Mother’s Day in 1924. Mr. and Mrs. Evan give their housekeeper, Jane Fairchild, the day off, as the couple are set to go to their neighbour’s house to celebrate his engagement. The truth is Jane and the neighbour, Paul, have been having an affair for many years. (Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth)

  • Peace by Chocolate • December 12, 2022

    A Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family’s chocolate-making legacy. (Hatem Ali, Ayham Abou Ammar)

Season passes for Reel Monday available

Season passes for Reel Monday available

We are once again offering season passes for the upcoming 19th season of Reel Monday. Reel Monday is our major fundraiser for the St. Albert Public Library, with a film screening once a month at the beautiful Arden Theatre and all profits going to the Library.

We are now required to sell our tickets via the Arden Theatre box office. Tickets can be purchased individually or with season passes. The process for season passes has a few extra steps, so we have prepared a step-by-step guide below. Season passes are $50 (save $10!) and individual tickets are $15 each.


Purchasing Season Passes Online

  1. Go to tickets.stalbert.ca
  2. Click “Log In” at the top menu to log in or create a new account.
  3. Purchase a season pass:
  4. Redeem your season pass to get tickets for each movie:
    • Click on “Tickets” at the top menu.
    • Select “Reel Monday Movie Nights” from the drop down menu and Search.
    • Add tickets for each screening to your cart:
    • Go to your “Cart” at the top menu and select the blue “Redeem Pass/Gift Certificate” button.
    • Apply the season pass you wish to use. You will see your cart grand total has changed to zero out the ticket prices, since you have paid them already with your season pass.
    • Check out and receive your passes via email. You can also contact the Arden Theatre or the Library to print them for you.

The Arden also prepared a document guide for your convenience.


Season passes can be purchased online, by phone, or in-person at the Arden Theatre. Please note that the box office by phone or in-person is only open from 10 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday.

Option 2: Phone


780-459-1542

Monday to Friday
10 am to 2 pm

Option 3: In Person


Arden Theatre at 5 St. Anne Street

Monday to Friday
10 am to 2 pm

The line up of films includes the following:

  • Love Sarah • September 12, 2022

    A young woman wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma. (Candice Brown, Shelley Conn, Shannon Tarbet)

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye • October 3, 2022

    In the 1970s, Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, Jim, rise from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park. Tammy Faye becomes legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, financial improprieties, scheming rivals and a scandal soon threaten to topple their carefully constructed empire. (Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio)

  • Mothering Sunday • November 7, 2022

    The story takes place on Mother’s Day in 1924. Mr. and Mrs. Evan give their housekeeper, Jane Fairchild, the day off, as the couple are set to go to their neighbour’s house to celebrate his engagement. The truth is Jane and the neighbour, Paul, have been having an affair for many years. (Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth)

  • Peace by Chocolate • December 12, 2022

    A Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family’s chocolate-making legacy. (Hatem Ali, Ayham Abou Ammar)

Reel Monday movie nights are back!

Reel Monday movie nights are back!

Returning this fall: Reel Monday movie nights! Reel Monday is our major fundraiser for the Library, with a film screening once a month at the beautiful Arden Theatre. Individual movie tickets are $15 each. All films begin at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are sold through the Arden Theatre box office (a new requirement at the Arden). You can purchase online, in person at the box office, or over the phone. The Arden will add a processing fee onto your ticket price. All profits go to the St. Albert Public Library!

The line up of films includes the following, with more details below:

  • Love Sarah • September 12, 2022 at 7 pm
  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye • October 3, 2022 at 7 pm
  • Mothering Sunday • November 7, 2022 at 7 pm
  • Peace by Chocolate • December 12, 2022 at 7 pm

Option 2: Phone


780-459-1542

Monday to Friday
10 am to 2 pm

Option 3: In Person


Arden Theatre at 5 St. Anne Street

Monday to Friday
10 am to 2 pm

  • Love Sarah • September 12, 2022

    A young woman wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma. (Candice Brown, Shelley Conn, Shannon Tarbet)

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye • October 3, 2022

    In the 1970s, Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, Jim, rise from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park. Tammy Faye becomes legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, financial improprieties, scheming rivals and a scandal soon threaten to topple their carefully constructed empire. (Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio)

  • Mothering Sunday • November 7, 2022

    The story takes place on Mother’s Day in 1924. Mr. and Mrs. Evan give their housekeeper, Jane Fairchild, the day off, as the couple are set to go to their neighbour’s house to celebrate his engagement. The truth is Jane and the neighbour, Paul, have been having an affair for many years. (Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth)

  • Peace by Chocolate • December 12, 2022

    A Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family’s chocolate-making legacy. (Hatem Ali, Ayham Abou Ammar)

Save the Dates: Reel Monday Fall 2022!

Save the Dates: Reel Monday Fall 2022!

The dates for the Reel Monday Fall 2022 season are booked for the Arden Theatre, and we’ve selected 3 of the 4 the films – take a look at the lineup below and click the film names for trailers.

We will announce the ticket sales on our website and in our newsletter (sign up here!) in the summertime.

  • Love Sarah • September 12, 2022

    A young woman wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma. (Candice Brown, Shelley Conn, Shannon Tarbet)

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye • October 3, 2022

    In the 1970s, Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, Jim, rise from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park. Tammy Faye becomes legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, financial improprieties, scheming rivals and a scandal soon threaten to topple their carefully constructed empire. (Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio)

  • TBD • November 7, 2022

    We’re on the hunt for a November movie that is offered in the Criterion catalogue – email us at friends@sapl.ca if you have suggestions.

  • Peace by Chocolate • December 12, 2022

    A Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family’s chocolate-making legacy. (Hatem Ali, Ayham Abou Ammar)

“Just Mercy”: A powerful film about injustice

“Just Mercy”: A powerful film about injustice

Just Mercy is our final Reel Monday film this season on Monday, April 4. Tickets are available on Eventbrite: $15 for one movie (plus Eventbrite fees).

Click here for a review by Scott Hayes in the St. Albert Gazette.

Reel Monday is our 13-year-strong twice-annual movie night series bringing hand-picked films from the Criterion 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.

Just Mercy is a deeply moving film, a human story about injustice and justice and how intangible and ephemeral they both really are.”

Wenlei Ma, News.au.com

If you can’t attend but still want to support the Library, you can donate to us online via CanadaHelps!

Trailer for Just Mercy

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
“Ride the Eagle”: A sweet comedy about human connections

“Ride the Eagle”: A sweet comedy about human connections

Ride the Eagle is our next Reel Monday film this season on Monday, March 21. Tickets are available on Eventbrite: $15 for one movie or $28 for a two pack (March and April) plus Eventbrite fees.

Click here for a review by Scott Hayes in the St. Albert Gazette.

Reel Monday is our 13-year-strong twice-annual movie night series bringing hand-picked films from the Criterion 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.

“A funny, sweet, insightful, low-key charmer of a story that’s all about making human connections, reconciling broken relationships and finding solace in the companionship of another fellow traveler on this planet.”

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times

Note: Ride the Eagle includes more cursing than our usual films.

If you can’t attend but still want to support the Library, you can donate to us online via CanadaHelps!

Trailer for Ride the Eagle

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
“12 Mighty Orphans”: An inspiring story of overcoming the odds

“12 Mighty Orphans”: An inspiring story of overcoming the odds

12 Mighty Orphans is our second Reel Monday film of this season, coming up this Monday, February 14.. 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.

“It’s an up-from-struggle story tailor-made for an old-fashioned, family-friendly, earnest, feel-good movie… The saga of an orphanage’s Depression-era football team is based on what happened at the very real Masonic School and Home of Texas in Fort Worth.”

Cary Darling, Preview

Please visit the City of St. Albert’s website for the latest guidance on COVID safety measures. The Arden Theatre is a City cultural/recreational facility, and we will adhere to their safety measures. 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!

Trailer for 12 Mighty Orphans

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
“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.