Well…none of our films performed wonderfully last weekend (though THE BEAVER did well enough to stick around for a couple screenings a day for one more week). I AM and POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD have left.
Today (6/3), we open two new films – BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK and WINTER IN WARTIME.
If you’re a regular reader of The New York Times, I’m certain you’re already familiar with Bill Cunningham. If not, I’m certain you’ll still be charmed by the story of this wonderful photographer. Synopsis for BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK: “‘We all get dressed for Bill,’ says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirees for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller-who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.” (taken from Zeitgeist Films) Visit the OFFICIAL SITE.
If you’ve been to THE NEON in the past few months, I’m certain you’ve seen the trailer for our next new film, the official selection from the Netherlands for this year’s “Best Foreign Film” Oscar. Synopsis for WINTER IN WARTIME: “Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war.” (taken from Sony Pictures Classics) If you haven’t seen the trailer, be certain to take a look. I don’t think this synopsis does the film justice. Visit the OFFICIAL SITE.
A panel is in place for our screening of a powerful and moving documentary called WE WERE HERE. “WE WERE HERE is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. It explores how the City’s inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, that calamitous epidemic. Though a San Francisco-based story, We Were Here extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination.” WE WERE HERE will screen on June 16 at 7PM. Tickets are $8 each and are currently available at THE NEON box office. This screening is sponsored by The Greater Dayton LGBT Center. Be sure to take a look at the trailer, and get your tickets early. After the film, we will have a discussion with representatives from AIDS Resource Center Ohio, Miami Valley Poz 4 Poz, an early HIV/AIDS community educator, and more. Additionally, we will have the opportunity to see a series of incredible photographs in THE NEON’s lobby. Here’s the story: Approximately half way through WE WERE HERE, there are several beautiful and chilling photos of a man with AIDS. These photos were the final project of the late John Davis of Belmont, Ohio. His sister contacted me a couple weeks ago and offered us the opportunity to display the entire series. THE NEON will hang all 17 photographs in our lobby before the screening.
One last reminder regarding our price increase…If you’ve been to THE NEON lately, you’ve more than likely seen our note at the front counter about pricing. Here’s what it states: “Effective June 3, 2011. At THE NEON, we strive to have the best films, the best customer service and the best prices. While we don’t intend on changing these goals, we must unfortunately raise our admission prices. On June 3, all General Admission, Matinee and Senior Citizen tickets will increase by 50 cents. Our ticket prices have not increased since August of 2008…and our new ticket prices will still be at least $2 less expensive than all the first-run multiplexes in the region. Thanks for your understanding.” We hope this won’t deter you from coming to THE NEON…as we have dozens of great films coming our way in the weeks and months ahead.
Hope to see you soon,
SHOWTIMES for June 3 – June 9:
WINTER IN WARTIME (R) 1 Hr 43 Min
Friday – Thursday: 3:00, 7:15
THE BEAVER (PG-13) 1 Hr 31 Min
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 1:00, 5:10, 9:30
Monday – Thursday: 5:10, 9:30
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK (NR) 1 Hr 24 Min
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 1:10, 3:15, 5:15, 7:30, 9:30
Monday – Thursday: 3:15, 5:15, 7:30, 9:30
As always, all dates are tentative. Some of these dates will change.
In some cases, titles may disappear.
June 10 INCENDIES
June 10 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
June 17 POTICHE
June 24 TREE OF LIFE
July 1 DOUBLE HOUR
July 8 BUCK
July 15 PAGE ONE
July 15 BEGINNERS
Aug 5 SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN
Aug 26 ANOTHER EARTH