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About Jonathan McNeal

Jonathan McNeal, a graduate of Wright State's Motion Picture Production program, has been managing THE NEON in downtown Dayton since the Fall of 2001. Having grown up in a small town in northeast Ohio, the idea of an independent movie theater that showed hard-to-find films seemed like something that could only be found in a major metropolis. Upon moving to Dayton in the early 1990's, finding THE NEON was a was like finding a new home.
McNeal's film work includes the documentary of Dayton's beloved drag troupe - THE RUBI GIRLS. The doc premiered in San Francisco in 2003 and played across the country and as far away as Australia. The film continues to be played at night clubs and on college campuses as an educational and outreach tool.
McNeal himself has been a part of the performance troupe since 1997.

Big Sundance Winner ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL Now Playing at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL - the big winner and giant crowdpleaser (especially for film lovers) from this year's Sundance Film Festival - is now playing at THE NEON! In addition, I'm pleased to announce that we're able to hold both LOVE & MERCY and I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS for one more week! Synopsis for ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL: "Winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize as well as the Audience Award, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the story of Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), an awkward high school senior whose mom forces him to spend time with Rachel - a … [Read more...]



I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS With Blythe Danner & Sam Elliott Opens at THE NEON

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Hello Everyone, As planned, we're moving forward this weekend with a film that many of you are anticipating. The trailer for I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS has been causing a lot of laughs and even some swoons (I had no idea that Sam Elliott had such a fan base)! LOVE & MERCY was a hit this weekend, and it will stick around. If you still need to see FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD or LAMBERT AND STAMP, you only have until Thursday to catch them at THE NEON. For this week's remaining showtimes (they're different than the upcoming week - which are listed below), please visit our website at … [Read more...]



BEACH BOYS’ Brian Wilson, THE WHO, and TAB HUNTER – Check Out THE NEON This Weekend!

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Hello Everyone, As promised, we're excited to open the new biopic about Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys this Friday. It's called LOVE & MERCY, and the reviews are terrific. The Village Voice, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and many others have given the film a 100% Review! In addition, we will open a documentary about the famous managers of The Who - LAMBERT AND STAMP. Lastly, we'll have a one-night only screening of the crowd-pleasing documentary about Hollywood's "boy next door" - TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL. If you still need to see IRIS or DIOR AND … [Read more...]



DIOR & I Starts Friday and Partnering with Ghostlight Coffee at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, We're adding a new film to the mix this Friday. It's a rare, inside look into the creation of a couture collection for one of the world's most luxurious fashion brands - Christian Dior. It's called DIOR AND I, and it had quite a nice run at film festivals over the past year. In addition, we will hold onto both of our current selections - IRIS (for limited screenings) and FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD. For this week's remaining showtimes (they're different than the upcoming week - which are listed below), please visit our website at www.neonmovies.com Synopsis for DIOR AND I: … [Read more...]



IRIS Apfel Documentary & Great Crowds for MADDING CROWD at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, If you still need to see WHILE WE'RE YOUNG or THE SALT OF THE EARTH, Thursday will be your last chance to catch them at THE NEON. WHILE WE'RE YOUNG has been here for a while, but SALT OF THE EARTH has only been here since Friday. Though attendance was bar bones for this stunning documentary, audiences have been raving - it's one of the most powerful documentaries to come along for quite some time. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD had wonderful crowds over the weekend. Many thanks to those of you who came and made our opening weekend numbers stand out from the crowd (we were way … [Read more...]



GREY GARDENS and New Juliette Binoche Film at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, Over the past 14 years that I've been at THE NEON, THE D TRAIN ranks as one of the biggest box office disappointments we've ever had. We had to lose it quickly. Today, we opened a new film with Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart - CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA. (Stewart became the first American to ever win a Cesar award for her role in this film. The Cesar Awards are France's equivalent to our Academy Awards.) In addition, we will open the 40th Anniversary Restoration of GREY GARDENS - the documentary that became the basis for numerous books, an HBO narrative film and even a … [Read more...]



Jack Black, James Marsden & Elaine Paige – See New Films at THE NEON

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Hello Everyone, Today we opened the Sundance hit THE D TRAIN - a new comedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. On Wednesday, May 13, we will have a one-night-only screening of I'M STILL HERE: ELAINE PAIGE.  In addition, this week we're holding onto my favorite comedy in a long, long time - WHILE WE'RE YOUNG (starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) and got the last two films for this year's DAYTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL. GREY GARDENS (the original) starts next Friday! Synopsis for THE D TRAIN: "All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That's about to change - … [Read more...]



EX MACHINA Opens Friday & Jewish Film Fest Starts This Weekend at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, If you still need to see WOMAN IN GOLD, a film that many of our regulars are absolutely loving, you only have until Thursday to see it at THE NEON. On Friday, we will open a new sci-fi film about artificial intelligence - one that seems all the more scary after having heard a story about a similar subject on NPR. EX MACHINA has been garnering rave reviews, and it certainly looks sophisticated and thought provoking...it also holds the record for the biggest opening of 2015 in larger markets. We have our fingers crossed that Dayton audiences are interested! TRUE STORY will … [Read more...]



Franco and Hill in TRUE STORY Starts Friday + Elaine Paige News at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, If you still need to see THE WRECKING CREW, IT FOLLOWS or WILD TALES, you only have until Thursday (Apr. 16). WOMAN IN GOLD was loved by patrons this weekend, and it will stick around for another week. Many thanks if you hurried out this past weekend to see it! On Friday, we will open a film based on a true story...and guess what, it's called TRUE STORY - starring Jonah Hill, James Franco and Felicity Jones. For this week's remaining showtimes (they're different than the upcoming week - which are listed below), please visit our website at www.neonmovies.com Synopsis for … [Read more...]



WOMAN IN GOLD Opens Friday at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, If you still need to see THE WRECKING CREW, IT FOLLOWS or WILD TALES, you're in luck. We're going to hold them for one more week (April 16 will be the last day for all three films). In addition, on Friday, we will open a film many of you have been anxious to see - WOMAN IN GOLD. For this week's remaining showtimes (they're different than the upcoming week - which are listed below), please visit our website at www.neonmovies.com Synopsis for WOMAN IN GOLD: "Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts … [Read more...]