Good morning! It’s Thursday July 14th.

After the patchy fog and drizzle have cleared, we’re in lucky weather again today: mostly upper 70s and sunny across the country.

Sounds like excellent conditions for grabbing a hard slushie and a cool spot in the partial shade. We’re bringing this up because it’s a real live thing here in Santa Cruz County, making it big, and our very own Lily Belli knows exactly how to get to the bottom of phenomena like this.

If your two-movie dream comes true, chances are you’ll find a boozy slushie at her joint. That’s because they envision an art-house movie experience that encompasses much more than a box of Milk Duds and some brewer’s yeast popcorn.

Nothing against The Nick Experience – and most other modern cinemas, which even serve decent food and a pint – but these two look a little more into the now, which is what defines the modern movie experience. And they seem to have some pretty warm local supporters who support their vision. Can they find the location and the cash? Max Chun is researching that for us.

Nat Young’s quarterfinal hopes were dashed by Brazilian Italo Ferreira in a close fight at Jeffreys Bay earlier this morning. However, ninth place will help Nat in his quest to qualify again for the 2023 World Surf League season. You can watch the rerun of his run here. Conditions at J-Bay were nothing short of epic.

Let’s go to the headlines of the day…


Can Santa Cruz become a movie lover’s paradise after Nickelodeon? A couple with deep industry ties thinks so

Marja Adriance and Dennis Bartok want to revive the art house film scene in Santa Cruz.

Dennis Bartok and Marja Adriance have an ambitious vision for a nonprofit arthouse film center that would take over — or find another venue — the long-loved but beleaguered Nickelodeon Theater in downtown Santa Cruz. The couple would like to offer a wide range of restored classics and cult films, and even add a café or wine bar. But as the pandemic lingers and a potential recession looms, they face startup costs of at least $5 million. Can you pull it off? Max has the details here.

SO FAR: fade to black? The revival of Santa Cruz’s beloved Nick could be a fantasy

Slurps up!: Lily’s Guide to the Best Hard Slushies in Santa Cruz County

Stockwell Cellars added Wine-arita, White Sangria and Red Sangria Slushies to their menu for May.

(Photo by Stockwell Cellars)

Here are a dozen places to celebrate summer with a cold buzz (beware of brain freezing!) — and leave memories of 7-11 Slurpee machines far in the rearview mirror. Lily with the muddy truth.

SO FAR: A sober rethink: It’s time to expand our alcohol-free selection


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Mark Conley
Santa Cruz viewpoint

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