April 27, 2006
You are invited to join the Friends of the Boyd for Brian De Palma’s “Blow Out” on May 12 at International House (3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia). John Travolta stars in this 1981 political assassination THRILLER, filmed in Philadelphia. In listing the film as the 6th greatest Philly Movie ever, October’s Philadelphia Mag specified that “Blow Out” has “some of the best shots ever of Philadelphia.” The movie is rated R for sex, nudity, violence, and profanity.
FAN tickets are only $15 and include 7:30 PM pre-movie commentary by Philadelphia’s dizziest duo, entertainers CHUMLEY & CARLOTA, the film presented in a stellar 35 mm print on the large screen, and the FUN AFTER-PARTY with Yards Beer, Refreshments, and 1980’s music spun by Chatty Cathy. Fan tickets are a bargain for all you get! For ages, professional fundraisers and event planners keep telling me “don’t provide so much food at the After-Party” but I refuse to listen! Nobody goes hungry, nobody goes thirsty, and nobody fails to have fun at our film events! And, for the real film fans, we present yet another archival film print, direct from the studio vault. This is our 7th film event in our decade by decade Philadelphia themed film series, and we do it right!
VIP Tickets are $50 for all of the above, plus 6:00 PM delicious food catered by Day by Day, excellent wine and fantastic guests who appeared in the film! Channel 6 Action News' DAVE ROBERTS, actor TOM McCARTHY, and FM radio personality MICHAEL TEARSON speak about the making of the film. Early replies have been great, but we still have room for more.
April 26, 2006
CHICAGO, IL — From May 6 through June 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center, in collaboration with the Library of Congress, presents Treasures from the Library of Congress, nine programs of top-quality archival prints of classic American films selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry.
Featured in our film series are triumphs of atmospheric style (CAT PEOPLE, MOROCCO), air-combat sagas (WINGS, TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH), a Hitchcock favorite (SHADOW OF A DOUBT), silent films with live piano accompaniment by the incomparable David Drazin (THE ITALIAN, WINGS), and a double shot of bonded Bogey (CASABLANCA, THE MALTESE FALCON) on Memorial Day Weekend.
Tickets for all films are $9 General Admission, $7 for Students, and $5 for Film Center members. For more information on how to purchase tickets and discounted parking please call 312-575-8000 or visit us on the web at www.siskelfilmcenter.org.
Also, on May 27 at 3:00 pm, we will present Curator’s Choice, a special program of short films hosted by Gregory Lukow, cheif of the Library’s Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Admission to this unique event is free for Film Center members; $5 for General Admission and Students.
April 24, 2006
EAST STROUDSBURG, PA — On Friday May 5th, 2006, the Foxmoor 7 Cinema and Arcade will reopen with a true Red Carpet Gala.
The Pocono Mountains will now have a new Family Entertainment venue that concentrates on its community and providing a safe and secure area. With over $800,000 of renovations, new luxury seating, dolby sound and a specialized training for all staff in guest services and customer satisfaction, this theater with 2,000 square foot arcade will the the IN place for all families and guests of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
The boutique cinema will offer 7 screens, 800 luxury seats, extended concessions, special promotions and a truly enjoyable experience to all. With all the cineplexes and megaplexes out there, it is a wonderful thought to have a hometown theater.
April 18, 2006
PENNSYLVANIA — Back when gambling became legal in New Jersey, many of that state’s longstanding successful businesses collapsed, some literally overnight, and movie theaters were no exception.
In New Jersey’s case, because the casinos generated far more revenues than traditional businesses could possibly even begin to, once the casinos went into full swing they absorbed so much political attention that it quickly became like New Jersey’s casinos were the only recognized revenue source there was.
April 12, 2006
JERSEY CITY, NJ — Friends of the Loew’s will be presenting a series of film classics by legendary director John Ford at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater.
Friday, April 28:
8 PM: STAGECOACH — Starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Thomas Mitchell and John Carradine. (1939 – 96 mins. – B&W). Don’t miss this chance to see “Stagecoach” on the big screen in the UCLA Archive 35mm print!
Saturday, April 29:
2 PM: THE GRAPES OF WRATH — Starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carridine. (1940 – 129 mins. – B&W)
5 PM: THE WHOLE TOWN’S TALKING — Starring Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur. (1935 – 95 mins. – B&W). Discover this little-known classic in a NEW 35mm print from Sony Pictures!
8:15 PM : THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE — Starring John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin, Vera Miles.(1962 – 123 mins. – B&W)
Admission for each screening is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children aged 12 and under.
COMBO TICKET for TWO FILMS : $10 Adult, $6 Senior or Child. SUPER COMBO TICKET for ALL THREE FILMS: $15 Adult, $10 plus get a FREE popcorn with each ticket.
For more info, please visit www.loewsjersey.org or call 201-798-6055.
The Landmark Loew’s Jersey is a non-profit arts and entertainment center operated by Friends of the Loew’s.
April 7, 2006
BRONX, NY — Tours of the Loew’s Paradise Theater will commence on Saturday, April 8th at 11 AM and at 1 PM. Additional tours this month are planned for April 15th and April 22nd, with a regular schedule following on Saturdays throughout the year. Admission is $6.00 for all, with a maximumn tour size of 30 people. Photography will not be a problem.
Those wishing to attend — And who wouldn’t?!!!! It’s magnificent. — should leave their names with the theatre at 1-800-353-8040. Please check the website www.theparadisetheater.com for future dates and updated information.
Orlando Lopes, New York Director of the Theatre Historical Society, has done an outstanding job. His support of the Paradise continues by coordinating volunteer efforts for events and by personally guiding these tours which will take about 50 minutes.
Please join me by leaving a note below expressing our gratitude to Orlando and the Paradise owner, management and team for making this possible.
April 6, 2006
BROOKLYN, NY – A meeting to organize a movement to revitalize the historic Loew’s Kings movie palace will be held at noon Saturday, April 8 in a 75-person auditorium at the Flatbush Library at 22 Linden Blvd by Flatbush Avenue, easily accessible by subway.
The discussion will be highlighted by Bruce Friedman, who will discuss his tireless efforts toward the preservation of the theater since 1987, and the hope to preserve it through transformation to a singularly grand performing arts space to serve the diverse Flatbush community.
The meeting will include a showing of at least parts of ‘Memoirs Of A Movie Palace’, a touching documentary filmed in the last days of the 3,000+ seat theater’s operation. But most important, we will be there to exchange our ideas on how to revitalize this grand theater for the modern community of Brooklyn, starting with small artistic outreach efforts.
The formal meeting will conclude at 2:30, at which point we will take a group stroll down commercially bustling Flatbush Avenue to visit the boarded-up palace in person, on the way passing by several other ancient landmarks at the heart of this historic street. There may also be a small concluding meeting at Mr. Friedman’s nearby home, conditions permitting.
April 5, 2006
WEST BABYLON, NY — Taking a cue from the recent run at the Ziegfeld Theater, the operators of the South Bay Cinemas have decided to experiment with some revival and are going to play the 70mm DTS Version of “Lawrence of Arabia” beginning this Friday, April 7th for at least one week.
The theater is one of the few houses left
on Long Island ready to play 70mm at any given moment. The management team led by James Kern and Bruce Latten are taking the opportunity to try and build some interest into making this a regular feature and keep bringing in some more 70mm.
Wouldn’t a NY based 70mm FAN CLUB that met once a month and showed a film be a terrific thing? Maybe it’s only pipe dreaming to some but with enough interest, anything is possible. And don’t worry about MAG soundtracks. This theater is equipped to handle it.
So, spread the word around and try to visit the theater in the coming week. Tickets are a reasonable $7.00 for Adults. Shows will be daily at 2pm & 7:30pm except for Friday when it will only run at 7:30pm.
April 3, 2006
QUEENS, NY — On Tuesday, April 4th from 1 PM – 5 PM, the City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks has scheduled an oversight hearing at Queens Borough Hall (120-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 213, Kew Gardens, NY) to discuss the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation activities in Queens. Public testimony will be taken and the LPC is scheduled to be present. The Landmarks Preservation Commission also intends to discuss what it means by “its criteria” in identifying & designating landmarks in Queens.
The Trylon Theater (one of many issues) will be addressed as a case in point, documenting the LPC’s failure to hold a hearing at the very least, which violates the architectural and historical provisions of the landmarks law established in 1965. This ties in directly with other landmark-worthy theaters, & other potential individual landmarks and historic districts in Queens that are consistently being ignored by the LPC. A general consensus among the community and preservationists is that we should have a greater say. Queens must stop getting the backdoor!!!
March 23, 2006
BELMONT, MA — The Studio Cinema is the home for Belmont World Film’s “Extraordinary Journeys” film series, which runs March 19-May 8, and includes international feature films and documentaries:
3/26: In Casablanca Angels Don’t Fly (Morocco, New England premiere)
4/2: Moon of Avellaneda (Argentina, New England premiere)
4/9: Kilmetre Zero (Iraq, New England premiere)
4/10: Liberace of Baghdad (documentary about Iraq, New England premiere)
4/23: Aaltra (Belgium, New England Premiere)
4/30: Windhorse (filmed in Tibet)
5/8: Le Grand Voyage (France/Morocco)
For more info visit www.belmontworldfilm.org or call 617-484-3980.