\r\nThe Suns (Cinema) Also Rises\r\nBy Kelly MacConomy\r\nIn what was once a phone store housed in a Mt. Pleasant row house, just north of Adams Morgan, you\u2019ll find the boutique theater Suns Cinema. Featured in Washingtonian Magazine as spotlighting what's hot for the DMV in 2018, Suns Cinema has been screening independent and classic films and video since 2016.\r\nSuns Cinema\u2019s owners are David Cabrera, an Alexandria native, and Ryan Hunter Mitchell who shared a vision of bringing alternative film to the eclectic arts scene at the intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road, NW, in D.C.\u2019s Mount Pleasant neighborhood.\r\nThe idea behind Suns Cinema came from what was previously known in the hood as \u201cUncle David\u2019s Film Nights\u201d: progressive film screenings, with sofa, armchairs and floor seating, and drinks with a nosh, hosted in different people\u2019s digs and going long into the night. Raising funds for the theater was jumpstarted by selling Suns Cinema-design canvas tote bags and frame-worthy art posters created by graphic designer Dana Beierle.\r\n\r\nDavid and Ryan then launched a Kickstarter campaign that brought in $16,149 from some 300 people in 30 days. Tempted by Saturday morning cartoons and pop-up indie screenings in a dive bar setting, fans not only pitched in but they also came in \u2013 online, IRL, waitlisted, and BSO (bar stool only) \u2013 in droves.\r\nSuns Cinema opened in May 2016 with Moonwalk One, a long-forgotten 1970 documentary about the Apollo 11 moon mission. Moonwalk One was discovered and restored in 2009.\r\nEach December, Suns offers holiday classics: It's a Wonderful Life, The Thin Man, The Shop Around the Corner, A Christmas Story and more contemporary cult faves, from Elf, Home Alone, Die Hard and Lethal Weapon to the more esoteric The Star Wars Holiday Special, Alf's Special Christmas & a Claymation Christmas Celebration, and the Yule Log Happy Hour screening of the iconic Yule Log Christmas Eve television broadcast, while serving eggnog-y and seasonal specialty drinks all night long.\r\nThe new year began with a month-long animal theme: The Crow, Best in Show (sold out), To Kill a Mockingbird (sold out), Who Framed Roger Rabbit.\r\n\r\nSuns Cinema rolls out the red carpet for you, right up the steps to the door, revealing a droll interior furnished with a hodge-podge of seating options including a repurposed church pew and velvet settees\r\nThe recent holiday\u2019s decor centered on the iconic A Christmas Story \u201cFragile\u201d leg lamp surrounded by festive wrapped boxes, which stood in for a Christmas tree. A life-sized Chewbacca in a Santa hat took up an entire wall.\r\nSuns\u2019 full bar serves modestly-priced libations and tongue-in-cheek TV dinner food with $3 popcorn. Vintage Scalamandre scarlet wallpaper with zebras frolicking over the barkeep\u2019s shoulder is stunning. An Imperial Stormtrooper chandelier adds filmtique cachet for any Lucas fanmaniac.\r\nThis funky mashup cinebar is making a name as a hot apr\u00e8s anything place to be and be seen. Lazy Omakase nights, held on select Thursdays each month, came about when celebrated DC mixologist Adam Bernbach and Eddie Kim created the pop-up cocktail event inside Suns with a Mario Go Kart gaming\/boozing at-home theme. It\u2019s an homage to \u201changing and shaking chez Adam\u201d while playing video games.\r\n\r\nThe Suns screen plays classic video games (hence "Lazy") while guests imbibe specialty cocktails, subject to Bernbach's whims. \u201cOmakase\u201d translates as "at the chef's whim." In December, Adam was "crushing on Chartreuse," and cocktails\r\nhave gone green all winter. Bernbach plans two Lazy Omikase events for February.\r\nSuns hosts themed cocktail-film pairings throughout the year, such as "Law & Order a Cocktail\u201d and \u201cCocktails From the Crypt.\u201d You can guess the appropriate film screenings.\r\nOn January 29, in partnership with The Memory Lab at DC Public Library and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Suns Cinema held a screening of digitized VHS and mini DVD home movies submitted by the public, combined with archival footage from the library\u2019s film vault. It was an evening with good memories and happily-ever-after endings for all.\r\n\r\nSuns Cinema is more than an \u201cif you build it, they will come\u201d ambition realized. With sell-out crowds, and the cool kids coming, it's cinecommunity verit\u00e9. With champagne cocktail wishes and prancing zebra dreams.\r\nThe bar is open from 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. on Sunday) until 3:00 a.m. daily. Admission for films is $10.00, but you must be 21 or over. Get there early for your choice of seating. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Most shows sell out well in advance. For showtimes go to\u00a0sunscinema.com.\u00a0\r\nCome for the films. Stay for the cachet. You will thank us later!