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Micon Cinemas to Host Studio Ghibli Festival Through End of Year

don't get ‘Spirited Away,’ but there are more than 10 Studio Ghibli films comin’ to town

Hannah Angell |

MY NEIGHBOR, MICON. The Chippewa Valley's local theaters, Micon Cinemas, is hosting Studio Ghibli Fest throughout the year. (Photos via Micon Cinemas Facebook)
MY NEIGHBOR, MICON. The Valley's Micon Cinemas is hosting Studio Ghibli Fest throughout the year. (Image via Micon Cinemas Facebook)

Studio Ghibli Fest 2024 is hitting the big screen, locally, thanks to Micon Cinemas.

The beloved Japanese animation studio, founded in 1985, has created captivating, award-winning animated films that have garnered a cult following, and fans continuing to relish in its breathtaking cinematic works.

The ongoing festival will show 14 animated features at the Downtown Cinema (315 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire), and will run for the rest of the year. The fest kicked off in April with the re-release of Spirited Away, and will conclude on Dec. 7 with My Neighbor Tortoro.

Recently, Downtown Micon has almost exclusively shown retro movies including the full Harry Potter film series, Steven Spielberg’s E.T., Jurassic Park, and will screen even more film fests and events throughout the year.

Co-owner Connie Olson said there has been overwhelming success in response to the location’s special tribute to retro movies. Folks can expect more classic and nostalgic films to hit screens soon.

Tickets are available directly from theater box offices or through the Micon website,

The full Studio Ghibli Fest 2024 schedule:

  • June 9 & 11: The Secret World of Arrietty
  • June 10 & 12: When Marnie Was There
  • July 13: Princess Mononoke
  • Aug. 3: Ponyo
  • Aug. 25 & 27: Whisper of the Heart
  • Aug. 26 & 28: The Cat Returns
  • Sept. 26: Howl's Moving Castle 20th Anniversary
  • Oct. 26: Kiki's Delivery Service 35th Anniversary
  • Nov. 24 & 26: Pom Poko 30th Anniversary
  • Nov. 25 & 27 : The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
  • Dec. 7: My Neighbor Totoro