What Utah Valley lacks in an art house cinema, it makes up for in bargain venues, which routinely show at least a couple of the more artsy flicks you might catch by driving all the way up to Salt Lake for a screening at the Broadway or the Tower.
Here are two of my favorites:
1) Water Gardens in Pleasant Grove. One dollar snacks, people! The tickets are $3.50, and they sell locally made cupcake and ice cream, plus all the standard stuff, for between one and three dollars. This weekend, you can catch Skyfall, Wreck-it Ralph, or Life of Pi at Water Gardens. Okay, so no art house fare in P.G. this weekend, but three decent to good movies for a mere fistful of dollars.
2) International Cinema on BYU campus. I spent one year at BYU, and I didn't do so hot in my classes. This was the fault of the International Cinema. I spent all my time in a darkened theatre getting a rad film education. Watching stuff like Kurasawa's Seven Samurai or Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice. I bring my own popcorn and snacks (not sure if that's super allowed), or you can partake of the Kimball Tower's bounteous vending machine offerings, including microwave popcorn and ice cream bars (they haven't yet stocked with caffeinated coke.) This weekend, you can catch Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman (Mandarin), Lee Jung-kook's The Letter (Korean), and Takashi Koizumi's The Professor and his Beloved Equation. Did I mention all films are free?