July 24, 2006
Next week, the film documentary, “Preserve Me a Seat” — five years in the making and subject of a three-year lawsuit before a dismissal in the filmmaker’s favor — will have its premiere in 3 Nebraska cities: Wednesday, July 26th at the historic Grand Theatre in Grand Island, NE; Thursday, July 27th at the historic Dundee Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska, and Friday, July 28th at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Center on the UNL campus.
We don’t remember a lot about our distant past, but we do remember our favorite movie theater. “Preserve Me a Seat” is a documentary about these theatres and the ongoing fight to protect and preserve them for future generations.
July 18, 2006
GRAND ISLAND, NE — On July 26, 2006 the Grand Theater in Grand Island, NE will host the world premiere of “Preserve Me a Seat”, a documentary by Jim Fields.
The movie deals with the successes and failures of concerned people trying to save old movie houses. The film will show one night, only, before moving on to the Dundee Theater, 50th and Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska July 27th. Then it continues it’s tour in Major cities around the US.
For advance ticket sales, for the Grand Island showing only, call 308-381-1225. (Admission for $5.00)Tickets are limited to 470 seats in the historic 1937 art deco Grand Theater, which is now owned and operated by The Grand Foundation, a 501(3)©not for profit, all volunteer, foundation.
July 14, 2006
SAN DIEGO — Last night, I caught a screening of ‘Before Sunrise’ at San Diego’s outdoor movie theater.
Cinema Under The Stars is hidden in a courtyard behind Tops, a non-descript hair salon in a quiet corner of the Mission Hills neighborhood. So that’s probably why I never knew San Diego even had an outdoor theater until last night.
But walk inside and you’ll see they’ve built a pretty amazing outdoor cinema. With a total of 60 seats, CUTS — my acronym, but maybe it’s an inside joke? — has 34 incredibly comfy “zero gravity lounge chairs”, plus cafe-style seating with chairs and tables in the back. There’s a snack bar with all the treats you need, reserved seats, and a great list of upcoming films.
As you wait for the movie start, giant bubbles shoot out from either side of the screen, and each film comes with a short. Last night’s was “Duck Twacy”, an old Looney Tunes where Daffy Duck imagines he’s a crime-fighter.
They even provide blankets, in case you get a bit chilly sitting out beneath the stars. It’s an amazing experience. If you’re ever in San Diego, don’t miss it!
(Thanks to Lisa for the surprise tickets!)
June 26, 2006
Scott Kerbey, producer of the Loew’s Kings segments, has told PlanetPLG that due a large amount of positive feedback A&E has decided to rebroadcast the Loew’s Wonder Theaters piece on Breakfast With The Arts, Sunday, August 20th from 8am – 10am.
June 16, 2006
The A&E channel will be airing a series of segments on the NYC Loew’s Wonder Theaters that I am told will include a segment on the Loew’s Kings.
Set your DVRs! Sunday, June 18th between 8am-10am on A&E.
June 13, 2006
A&E Television’s “Breakfast with the Arts” series will feature a documentary on the Loew’s “Wonder Theatres”, located in the New York City metro area.
The two-hour-long episode will “tour” the various theatres, which all remain in various states of use and condition. The history and architecture of the five theatres will be explored, along with memories of the theatres and their social, cultural and economic influences on the neighborhoods they served.
The program is scheduled to air this Sunday, June 18th at 8:00 a.m. EDT.
A brief show detail is available at A&E’s website:
This is rare opportunity for theater enthusiasts to catch a glimpse of the Loew’s Paradise, Jersey, 175th, Valencia, and Kings all in one place!
May 22, 2006
LINCOLN, RI — With success of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy on April 15th, CinemaWorld will next host the Indiana Jones Trilogy on Saturday June 24th.
The trilogy starts at noon with a 45 min. break between each movie. The price is $12.50 per person with a repeat showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark at 9:00pm for $7.00. Tickets are available online at www.cinemaworldonline.com or visit the theatre and purchase them at the box office.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the theatre at (401)-333-8019.
May 16, 2006
Sleeper — On The Beach — Brazil
“The Future” is a concept that is often imbued with optimism. America’s good fortune in our 230-year history has tended to endow us with the expectation that tomorrow will be a better day. But if we let our imaginations stray into our darkest fears, wallow in our baser tendencies, and peruse not the triumphs but the horrors of the past as prelude, The Future can seem a very dark shadow indeed. Though the movies have often been criticized for looking at the worlds — including The Future — with rose-tinted glasses, certain films have gone in the opposite direction, vividly and unforgettably depicting the most dystopian possibilities for tomorrow. Amazingly, some of these films have even wrung black humor from the subject.
“Sleeper” — Fri., May 19 at 8PM
Starring Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory. Directed by Woody Allen. (1973 — 88mins. — Rated PG)
Woody Allen goes to the hospital for a routine procedure, dies on the table, is cryogenically frozen, and awakens 200 years later into a Brave New World of deadening conformity ruled with an iron fist by a never-seen omnipotent Leader. So begins one of the goofiest yet insightful dystopian films ever made. Four years before his Oscar-winning breakthrough with Annie Hall, Woody Allen was still deep in absurdist humor. While the comedy is broad, it’s hardly unintelligent, delving into political and social commentary. Allen may have made more personal and moving films later in his career, but on a laugh-out-loud scale, Sleeper is one of the most enjoyable works he’s ever produced.
“On the Beach” — Sat., May 20 at 3PM
Starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins.
(1959 — 135mins. — Not Rated, but not recommended for children.)
Although there had been “doomsday dramas” before it, Stanley Kramer’s On the Beach was considered the first “significant” entry into the genre. Released in 1959, the story was set in the then-future of 1964, when most life on Earth has just been destroyed by radioactive fall out. The population Australia is still alive, but only until the fallout inevitably drifts “down under.” Much of the population resigns itself to doom or goes mad, while some desperately try to figure out how to survive. The film captures the now half-forgotten fear of inevitable, if not imminent nuclear holocaust that gripped the
civilized world in the late 1950s and ‘60s, and is a harrowing experience.
“Brazil” — Sat., May 20 at 7:15PM
Starring Jonathan Pryce, Michael Palin, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro.
Directed by Terry Gilliam. (1985 — Rated R.)
In 1985, director Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame) concocted this comedic fantasy-nightmare about a world where which life seems to go on routinely, except that fear of nameless, faceless terrorists is the excuse for government bureaucracies to seize citizens, force confessions from them, and kill them — even in cases of mistaken identity. From our post-9/11 vantage, we can only hope any resemblance to our world is an eerie coincidence and not frightening prescience. Rather than diminishing the film’s coherence and emotional impact, Gilliam’s intermixing of humor actually makes the characters and situations seem more human. When it was first released, Brazil’s American distributor forced Gilliam to change the ending to something “happier.” Fortunately, when new prints were struck a year ago, the original ending was restored. Brazil will be screened at the Loew’s in this restored original ending.
April 28, 2006
Monday, May 1
All movies are just one dollar at any Wehrenberg Theatre! This includes all showtimes and all titles. Tickets will be sold to auditorium capacity for each scheduled showtime on this day (There is a limit of ten tickets per person.) Tickets will only be available at the theatre boxoffice for performances that day. There will be no prior day advance tickets available and tickets will not be available for sale over the web or Fandango (phone or web). Theatres should plan to open their boxoffices 1 hour before their first advertised showtime. Price templates will be created to address the ticketing specifics.
Tuesday, May 2
Any 20 oz. soft drink is one dollar! Again, this applies to all theatres all day.
Wednesday, May 3
46 oz. popcorn is just one dollar at each Wehrenberg Theatre during the entire day.
They are very proud to be 100-years-old, and the oldest family-owned and operated theatre circuit in the nation. Lets have some fun!!!!
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.