What is the Kan-Kan, anyway?

An arthouse cinema. A European-inspired restaurant. A neighborhood gathering place. A home for film-lovers, food-lovers and community-seekers, in Windsor Park, just northeast of downtown Indianapolis.

What exactly do you mean by “arthouse cinema?”

We screen all manner of films! We like to focus on the small-budget, big-idea-driven, endlessly-fun-to-talk-about movies. Something for everyone: narratives, old favorites, documentaries, classics, comedies, works from local filmmakers, you name it. And, we also curate a number of different film series and unique movie-going experiences.

Who’s picking these movies?

Our film program is curated by Daniel Arthur Jacobson and Louise Henderson, two Indianapolis filmmakers and movie experts who hope to fill a void in the local cinema landscape while also choosing films that reflect the cultural sensibilities and address the social issues that affect Indianapolis.

So there’s a restaurant there, too?

Yes! The Brasserie is a full-service European-inspired bistro helmed by chef Abbi Merriss—well-known in Indy (and the whole country, actually) for her award-winning work at Bluebeard. There will be beer, wine and a cocktail program, too.

Is it a dine-in theater?

Definitely not. The Brasserie is a standalone restaurant that resides in the Kan-Kan. You don’t have to buy a movie ticket to eat (or drink) there. But you certainly can make a night of it by coming in for dinner and a movie (or a movie and dinner, as the case may be), or just drinks and conversation anytime. We’ll have a concession stand for moviegoers and you can bring your beer or cocktail into the theatre.

What else you got?

In addition to the Brasserie, the Kan-Kan houses three theaters for a total of 225 seats, as well as a fourth “micro-theatre.” Each theater has stadium-style seating, Dolby Digital sound systems and is fully ADA accessible. Our staff is dedicated to maintaining excellent movie-viewing conditions for our guests at all times.

Why is it called the Kan-Kan, anyway?

In his book Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut wrote of a “karass”: a group of people linked in a cosmically significant way. The instrument that brings a person into his or her karass is called a “kan-kan.” 

We hope to be a place that brings people who are cosmically linked—by their Indianapolis addresses, their search for joy and meaning, their love of good food and movies—together.