• August 24, 2012

    Alamo Drafthouse’s Ritz Theater installs 70mm equipment and announces 70mm festival

    AUSTIN, TX — The Ritz Theatre is celebrating 70mm with a festival of films both new and old. It starts this weekend with “West Side Story” but continues next month with Paul Thomas Anderson upcoming release, “The Master”.

    Read more on their website.

  • August 22, 2012

    Over 1,500 vehicles jam Bricks Flicks at the US 23 DI


    FLINT, MI — Flint’s annual Back to the Bricks festivities were kicked off last Tuesday with the annual Bricks Flicks at the US 23 Drive-in Theatre. Classic cars and trucks along with regular spectator vehicles started streaming into the drive-in faster than last year according to Back to the Bricks chair Al Hatch.

    The event began at 5 p.m. with DJ Bob Steel spinning the oldies. The movie, which started at dusk was the 2011 remake of “Footloose.” Because the central character in that film drove a classic VW Beetle he repaired, there was a special display of VW Beetles near the screen the movie was shown on. All in all, it was a fantastic experience for everyone.

    There’s more in the Flint Journal here and here. They also featured this piece about a couple that’s been going there for 50 years.

  • ‘The Dude’ Comes to the Tivoli!


    DOWNERS GROVE, IL — In continuance of Classic Cinemas' special “Midnight at the Tivoli” series, the Coen brother’s 1998 cult-classic comedy “The Big Lebowski” (rated-R) moseys on back to the big screen for a showing on August 31st, at the historic Tivoli Theatre, located at 5021 Highland Avenue in downtown Downers Grove. The film is scheduled to begin at midnight, with admission set at only $5.00! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see ‘The Dude' presented on Tivoli’s newly enhanced 4K digital projection and sound system.

    And, before the movie, stop by the Tivoli Bowl, located just around the corner from the Tivoli Theatre, for $2 bowling and “Dude Drink Specials” including White Russians! The Tivoli Bowl has 12 lanes with state-of the-art computerized scoring and a newly remodeled lounge area. “We have always wanted to bring fans of "The Big Lebowski' to the Tivoli Theatre and Bowl for one convenient evening of bowling and then watching ‘The Dude' on the big screen,” says Marketing Manager Mark Mazrimas.

  • August 21, 2012

    Lindo Theatre welcomes pioneers of comedy to the big screen


    FREEPORT, IL — The advent of silent films in the late 19th century brought to the screen some of the most influential, well-known faces in the history of comedy. Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers rank as the most popular and legendary film comedians of the silent film era. And, as a tribute to this timeless film genre, the Lindo will be presenting its next film series — Early Classic Comedies. All show times are at 1 and 7 PM on select Wednesdays at the Lindo Theatre, located at 115 S. Chicago Avenue in downtown Freeport. Co-sponsored by Highland Community College and Stephenson County Historical Society, admission to the Early Classic Comedies Movie Series is $20 for the entire series or $5 per movie. Tickets are available at the Lindo Theatre box office. The series will kick off on September 5th with a Harold Lloyd film entitled “Safety Last!” (1923).

    The king of daredevil comedy, Harold Lloyd is best remembered today as the young man dangling desperately from a clock tower in “Safety Last!” His films frequently contained “thrill sequences” of extended chase scenes and daredevil physical feats. From his early black-and-white shorts to his full-length talkies, Lloyd recognized that humor was nothing without a sense of play. He also understood the role fear could play in heightening comedy. His rigorous and often acrobatic techniques earned him the respect of others in the film industry.

  • August 20, 2012

    TCM and Fathom Events sponsoring digital one-night-only screenings of four classic films in the fall

    A brief festival of films is coming to theaters nationwide this fall in honor of 100 years of Universal Studios. Robert Osborne will host the one-night only screenings.

    Read more at Fathom Events.

  • August 14, 2012

    Free Film Series at the Count Basie today


    RED BANK, NJ — The lovely Count Basie Theatre is open to the public today for a free screening of “Spongebob Square Pants”. There will be two shows at 2Pm and 7PM.

    Go to their website for further details.

    (Thanks to the Count Basie Theatre for providing the photo.)

  • August 13, 2012

    Summer Film series at Cleveland’s historic Palace Theater

    CLEVELAND, OH — The 15th Annual Cinema Square festival continues this week at the Palace Theater. With screenings for $5 and a pre-show organ recital, viewers are in for a treat.

    Read more at the Playhouse Square website.

  • August 6, 2012

    Ritz celebrates 85 years


    THOMASTON, GA — The Ritz Theatre is celebrating 85 years in business tomorrow with a celebration. It’ll feature live entertainment and a film retrospective. Hopefully, they can raise enough money to upgrade their facilities to last another 85.

    Read more in the Thomaston Times.

    (Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)

  • July 25, 2012

    The Tivoli goes Back to the Future

    DOWNER GROVE, IL — Spend a night with Marty McFly and Doc as they embark on an exciting adventure at the Tivoli Theatre! On Friday, July 27th at midnight, a digitally remastered print of the 1985 summer blockbuster “Back to the Future,” starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, will be hitting the big screen using Tivoli Theatre’s newly enhanced 4k digital projection and sound system. Movie admission is only $5, and tickets can be purchased at the Tivoli box office, located at 5021 Highland Ave in downtown Downers Grove.

    Filmed in 1985, “Back to the Future” (PG) follows Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a typical American teenager of the eighties, who is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean “time machine” invented by a slightly mad scientist named Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love – so he can get back to the future. “Back to the Future” had the fourth-highest opening weekend of 1985 and was the top grossing film of the year. The film marked the beginning of a franchise, with sequels Back to the Future Parts II and III released in 1989 and 1990.

  • July 24, 2012

    ArcLight celebrates Cinerama


    HOLLYWOOD, CA — The world-famous Cinerama Dome will be hosting its most ambitious series ever as they celebrate 60 years of Cinerama. Starting September 28, they will present twelve films in the course of a week, with many being in original 3-strip Cinerama.

    Read more on the official website.

    (Thanks to ChasSmith for providing the photo.)