Penny Allen: PROPERTY (1978) - Theatrical Screening: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Penny Allen: PROPERTY (1978) - Theatrical Screening

A group of people gather in discussion around a well lit table at night
Property (1978) courtesy of Penny Allen
1 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Sat October 30, 2021
1 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public



Penny Allen, 1978, 100 mins, DCP Digital

Turning her lens to the eccentric residents of a bohemian neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, Penny Allen delivers an economic critique of urban renewal to warm, satirical effect in this critically under-seen gem of 1970s independent filmmaking. Property revels in the joy and chaos of community organizing when a group of neighbors and friends facing eviction attempt to collectively purchase a block of homes but find themselves wading deeply into the bureaucracies of credit scores and co-signers.

Property made available courtesy of Penny Allen and Mary X Distribution





About the series:

Saturday Cinema: Highlights and Hangouts

To celebrate Block Cinema’s return to in-person programs, this series of Saturday screenings gathers some of our favorite new films and revival discoveries of 2020. The rich colors and nuanced sound design of films like The Inheritance and małni—towards the ocean, towards the shore translated well enough to virtual cinemas during the pandemic, but deserve to be experienced on the big screen. While formally and thematically distinct, each of the films in our Saturday Cinema series might be called a “hangout” film, depicting the shared joys (and frustrations) of living, working, and wandering together. Come hang out with us!

Health and Safety Guidelines

Northwestern is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus pandemic and will follow local, state, and University guidelines for in-person events and museum visitation. All visitors must follow the Northwestern University COVID-19 Guidelines, which are in place at the time of visitation, including masking within the galleries and auditorium.

We plan for this program to be offered in person. Should public health or Northwestern campus guidelines evolve, we will contact guests about online presentation or cancelation.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at