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Cats and dogs will reign at the Magic Lantern on Saturday


Adding to Friday's movie schedule, the Magic Lantern will be opening a second-run showing of the teen comedy "Booksmart" on Friday.

 While a coming-of-age movie might not be what we expect from Spokane's art-house movie theater, a pair of animal-themed shorts programs that will screen on Saturday at the Lantern certainly is.

Beginning at a 1 p.m., the theater will show back-to-back the New York Cat Film Festival and (following at 3:30) the New York Dog Film Festival. The festivals are annual events that, according to the press materials, "inspire, educate and entertain, benefitting local animal welfare groups that bring people and pets together."

In Spokane terms, that means the Spokane Humane Society, which will have representatives in the Lantern's lobby before and after the shows to answer questions.

The Cat Film Festival is slated to screen nine shorts, narrative and documentary, animated and live-action. The Dog Film Festival includes 11 shorts of the same variety.

Admission to each program is $9. Part of the proceeds will go to support the Spokane Humane Society.

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