Believe in sunshine and wear your shades at Central Cinema this weekend!

We have a weekend full of fancy footwork and Roddy Piper as we present the not soggy classic, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and John Carpenter’s masterpiece, THEY LIVE for 3 NIGHTS ONLY!

I believe in sunshine.

I believe in sunshine.

“Here’s one thing I learned from the movies!”
When the talkies take over Hollywood, the silent film industry is shaken. Screen legend Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) has no trouble adjusting. But what is his vocally-impared co-starlet Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) to do? Why, find a stand-in, of course! Kelley and Stanley Donen co-directed this legendary musical film which features Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. Filled with the songs you love (“Make ‘Em Laugh”, “Good Morning”, “Singin’ In the Rain”), the stunning centerpiece “Broadway Rhythm”, and an unforgettable appearance from Cyd Charisse, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN looks and sounds better than ever.
Showtimes: Friday April 12th at 7:00pm. Sunday April 14th at 7:00pm. Monday April 15th at 7:00pm.
Tickets are $6 in advance/ $8 day of show
I'm all outta bubblegum.

I’m all outta bubblegum.

“I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubble gum”.

Is John Carpenter’s THEY LIVE a hilarious send up of 50s paranoia sci-fi, or a full on 80s action movie (complete with tough guy star), or a serious social commentary? Answer: Yes! It is all of these – and a helluva lot of fun on top of that. Wrestling legend Roddy Piper (aka “Rowdy”) is Nada, a hardworking drifter who finds a pair of sunglasses that somehow allow him to see the great Reagan conspiracy – that aliens are among us and secretly brainwash us with messages like “Obey” and “No Independent Thought”. Once Nada knows the truth he has no choice but to kick some alien ass and chew bubblegum – and he’s all out of bubblegum. And let’s not forget the most amazing/ridiculous mano-a-mano fight scene in the history of cinema!
NOTE: Get there early for a pre-show featuring classic WWF matches with Roddy Piper vs. Mr. T & Roddy Piper vs. Hulk Hogan!
SHOWTIMES: Friday April 12th at 9:30pm. Saturday April 14th at 9:30pm. Monday April 15th at 9:30pm.
Tickets are $6 advance/ $8 day of show
This Saturday The BoneBat “Comedy of Horrors” Film Fest throws it’s  annual evening of giggles & gore, hosted by Steve and Gord of The BoneBat Show!


It's funny cuz it's scary.

It’s funny cuz it’s scary.

3 Questions with Jen Gilleran from GRID


We are excited to be presenting a special event that will intrigue your visual and hearing senses. This Wednesday at 7:00pm, Central Cinema will be transformed into a sound stage for film with LIVE music!

Under the direction of Jen Gilleran, GRID is going to present an evening of film accompanied by With Neil Welch, sax; Simon Henneman, guitar; Bill Kautz, trumpet/euphonium, Rob Price, guitar and Jen Gilleran on drums/percussion.

Fresh off events at The Royal Room and Northwest Film Forum, Central Cinema is delighted to have this talented and unique group of musicians bring their one of a kind vibe and spirit to our theater.

Featuring the film works of Maya Deren and Ilya Chaiken, Grid is going to provide you with an enchanted and thoughtful night of music, film and life!

Tickets still available. $8 in advance/ $10 day of show

We sat down with Jen Gilleran for 3 Questions.

How did Grid come about and how did you choose the musicians that are going to be working with you?

Gregg Keplinger and I were having a coffee at Irwin’s and he talked about this concept of stacking ideas versus playing linear ones. He added ‘what if you just played in ONE (meter) and like everything was on a grid?’ My brain exploded. At the time I was reading ‘Finite and Infinite Games’ by James P. Carse, which defines an infinite game as having the goal of ‘continuing the play’ and that the success of the game is measured primarily on whether or not the players essentially inspire the other to continue. I think this is a solid way to evaluate good improvisation. It isn’t just throwing your ideas out there. It is also learning to set up the other players so they can take the next swing.
The group of musicians I chose for this show are deeply infinite players. In the words of Carse, they understand the “joyfulness of infinite play, its laughter, [which] lies in learning to start something we cannot finish”.


What artists have inspired you past and present?

Monolithic: Joni Mitchell, John Coltrane, Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Paul Motian, Ilya Chaiken, Jimi Hendrix, Allison Miller, Mike Nichols, Paul Klee, Min Tanaka

Six months ago: The Beatles ‘Revolver’, Alan Lomax, Ruth Crawford Seeger, RL Burnside, Jay Bellerose, The Lumière Brothers, Nina Simone.

Presently: Kate McTell, Jeff Nichols, Willie Nelson, Neil Welch, Jack Kerouac, Bill Evans.

What is your favorite swear word?



GRID presents film set to LIVE music.

GRID presents film set to LIVE music.


Bowling is healthy and fun with White Russian drink specials!

The theater has been an explosion of bowling, White Russians, crazy lines and Jeff Bridges all weekend long so far! THE BIG LEBOWSKI started this weekend and it has been great to see the fans of this classic Coen Bros film piling in to see it. With Jeff Bridges in town touring with his band, The Dude lovin’ has gone insane! The movie has been selling out in advance, so make sure to purchase your advance tickets to the rest of the screenings. We have screenings this Sunday through Tuesday at 7:00pm & 9:30pm, plus a 9:30pm screening on Wednesday. We have the yummy White Russian as our drink special. Emily has been cooking up her own special Coffee Liqueur for a really nice Caucasian. How many can you drink in one sitting?

See ya at Central Cinema!

The Dude Abides.

The Dude Abides.

Tonight! Girl’s Pajama Party: DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD

Tonight we are hosting the Spring Girl’s Pajama Party with one of the most requested films at Central Cinema. The 90’s Christina Applegate classic, DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD is a latch-key kid dream come true! A cult classic with a rockin’ soundtrack and one dead babysitter, is one of the most fun films you will see! Pop out those contacts and put on your glasses. Wear your most comfy Pajamas and bring your stuffed animal, cuz this Pajama Party is going to be one for the record books! Oh, it’s Girls only, but if the boys by a ticket, they are totally welcome!

Tickets still available. $8 whole dollars!

The dishes are DONE!

The dishes are DONE!

Easter Weekend At Central Cinema

You are gonna want to HOP on in to Central Cinema to see what we have resurrected for your viewing pleasure! We are showcasing two amazingly dark features that will ditch the idea of looking for the fountain of youth or becoming a gigolo!

Streep and Hawn wear death well.

Streep and Hawn wear death well.

“On guard, you BITCH!”
When it was originally released in 1992, Robert Zemeckis’ pitch black comedy, DEATH BECOMES HER, was surrounded by drama on and off the camera. Amid recuts and script changes, a little gem of quality camp emerged.

Starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as too backstabbing frienemies with nothing but contempt for one another! When the secret of youth is discovered, the leading ladies will stop at nothing to not only stay young forever, but make sure the other one shrivels up and dies!

With a cast featuring Bruce Willis and Isabella Rossellini, DEATH BECOMES HER is full of eye popping special effects and is the only movie where Meryl Streep gets hit in the head by a shovel!

Joe Buck for President.

Joe Buck for President.


Playing at 9:30pm on Friday April 29 – 31 & May 2 – May 3 2013

“You’re gonna be the best-looking cowboy in the whole parade.”
1969 was a watermark year for cinema. Robert Schlesinger challenged the ratings board and released his controversial film, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, with a X rating. It would go on to win 3 Oscars, including Best Picture, making it to this day the only film to do so.

MIDNIGHT COWBOY catapulted Jon Voight’s career and his portrayal of the naive male for hire, Joe Buck, would set a precedent in acting. The film also solidified Dustin Hoffman as a voice and face in American cinema to be reckoned with.

The film is a gritty slice of life set on the mean streets of New York City. The landscape itself becomes a supporting actor as it suffocates the the cowboy and the rat, yet also frees them. MIDNIGHT COWBOY is a bravo piece of cinema that feels as fresh as the day it open.

AND don’t forget to come celebrate APRIL FOOL’S DAY with BadMovieArt and Central Cinema as they join forces to present the KILLER 80’s slasher flick, APRIL FOOL’S DAY ’86 in patent pending WHOOPIEVISION*.

Two shows! 7:00pm & 9:30pm!


“Muffy hasn’t been in an institution for three years, she’s been at Vassar!”

This April Fool’s Day, BadMovieArt ain’t jokin’ around! We are celebrating this cherished holiday with back to back screening of the KILLER 80’s slasher classic, APRIL FOOL’S DAY!

When Muffy St. John invites her college friends up to her parent’s secluded island home for the time of the lives, she just forgot to tell them that it just might be the LAST time of their lives!

As soon as the kids arrive on the island, someone starts trimming the guest list….one murder at a time. What starts out as a weekend of harmless APRIL FOOL’S DAY pranks turns into a bloody battle for survival!

Starring 80’s favorites Deborah Foreman (Valley Girl, Waxwork & My Chauffeur) & Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part II), APRIL FOOL’S DAY is one of the most insane and TOTALLY 80’s horror films ever made!

*APRIL FOOL’S DAY will be presented in WhoopieVision! Patent Pending! With purchase of ticket, you get a Whoopie Cushion to use throughout the screening when you feel it is necessary!


3 Questions with Wes Hurley

This week we are happy to bring back Wes Hurley’s WAXIE MOON IN FALLEN JEWEL to Central Cinema. If you missed last month’s sold out screening or you are itching to watch it again (believe me we all are!) then you will have your chance on Thursday March 28th at 8:00pm. The film will be hosted by star, Waxie Moon and the alluring and always talented Ben DeLacreme! Expect insanity, musical performances and tons of surprises!

We sat down with director Wes Hurley for 3 Questions.

1. What were your inspirations and influences for Waxie Moon In Fallen Jewel?

The initial inspiration for Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel came from Marc and I’s shared love of “Sex and the City” and the old “women’s films” particularly Douglas Sirk’s masterpieces like “All That Heaven Allows” and “Imitation of Life”.  We wanted to imagine Waxie in these genres.  I love Goddard’s “Breathless” and the ending in that film is referenced a lot in our ending.  Many of my muses in Seattle are dancers and performance artists but I’m also very much in love with all things pulp, melodrama and low brow, so in my films I like to explore different ways in which stylized movement and experimental performance art can serve a seemingly tawdry narrative and vice versa.  So you’ll see things like Waxie channeling Martha Graham in her moments of grief and the ghost of Klaus Nomi suddenly taking over an aerobics instructor during a big musical number.  Sarah Rudinoff’s number which was composed by the brilliant Eric Lane Barnes and choreographed by the equally brilliant Wade Madsen, was initially inspired by the Bollywood legend, Helen, and the very dramatic music video “Original Sin” by Taylor Dayne.  I had “Original Sin” on VHS back when I was a teenager in Russia and I’d play that video over and over and over and over again so it’s forever burned into my brain.  Other things that really influenced the aesthetic of this film are Japanese anime, Tom of Finland, the Kuchar Brothers, Lynch, Fassbender, Fellini, 70’s porn, and silent movies.  The film is so different that it’s hard to explain to people so sometimes I mention John Waters, but in reality the only thing I have in common with early John Waters is making feature films on no budget and having a drag performer as my muse, although I don’t think Divine and Waxie have much in common.

What was one of the biggest challenges of getting the movie made?

The biggest challenge in making the film was scheduling.  There are over 200 people involved and they’re all busy working artists.  Everybody was very generous and supportive but juggling so many schedules was hard.  I’m so grateful to everybody involved but especially Harmony Arnold, my co-producer and costume designer, who basically lived and breathed this film that summer and worked so hard on making it look like a million bucks.  My other co-producer and art director, Jennifer Zeyl, was also instrumental in making this film happen.  She embraced my gorilla style film-making and believed in my warped vision from the start; she brought many artists on board.  I don’t know what I would do without these two women.

What is your favorite swear word?

My goal is to stop swearing and be classy.  I never swore in Russia, but it’s easy to say “fuck” for me because on some level it’s still a very foreign and sterile word.  I have to remind myself that it probably sounds just as vulgar to native English speakers as some Russian words do to me.  But yeah usually it’s like “fucking fuck fuck” or “jesus on a stick!”


Join us this Thursday for WAXIE MOON IN FALLEN JEWEL!

Tickets still available. $12 all seats.


BadMovieArt: APRIL FOOL’S DAY ’86 Monday April 1st in WhoopieVision!

Monday April 1st , BadMovieArt ain’t jokin’ around! We are celebrating this cherished holiday with back to back screening of the KILLER 80’s slasher classic, APRIL FOOL’S DAY!

When Muffy St. John invites her college friends up to her parent’s secluded island home for the time of the lives, she just forgot to tell them that it just might be the LAST time of their lives!

As soon as the kids arrive on the island, someone starts trimming the guest list….one murder at a time. What starts out as a weekend of harmless APRIL FOOL’S DAY pranks turns into a bloody battle for survival!

Starring 80’s favorites Deborah Foreman (Valley Girl, Waxwork & My Chauffeur) & Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part II), APRIL FOOL’S DAY is one of the most insane and TOTALLY 80’s horror films ever made!

APRIL FOOL’S DAY will be presented in WhoopieVision! Patent Pending! With purchase of ticket, you get a Whoopie Cushion to use throughout the screening when you feel it is necessary!

$6 advance/ $8 day of show

Two screenings! 7:00pm & 9:30pm!



Starting This Friday!

We have two movies starting this Friday that set the nation on fire with controversy and buzz on their initial release. Hang on, it’s gonna get WILD this weekend at Central Cinema!

Playing at 7:00pm Friday through Wednesday is WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
Tickets $6 in advance/ $8 of show

Drink Hard. Love Harder.

Drink Hard. Love Harder.

“That wasn’t a very nice thing to say, Martha.”

Mike Nichols’ 1966 film of the one set play by Edward Albee set Hollywood and the movie going public on fire with WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Scathing and staggering in cinematography and acting, WAOVW? took Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton to a new level of legend as the two battled it out in a booze soaked clash of egos and heartbreak as George and Martha.

After meeting Nick and Honey, played by George Segal and Sandy Dennis, the power couple invites them over for a quick nightcap. Little do the unsuspecting visitors know that George and Martha like to drink and then drink some more. After that, they like to fight and fight some more! Like pawns in their game, Nick and Honey, soon learn the hard way that you should never get in the way of a relationship or the bottle.

Winner of 5 Academy Awards, including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, and nominate for 8 more, WAOVW? is a stunning masterpiece.

Drink Hard. Love Harder.

At 9:45pm we learn that sexytime can be a real KILLER with BASIC INSTINCT!
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

Sexy time can be a real KILLER.

Sexy time can be a real KILLER.

“What are you gonna do? Charge me with smoking?”

One of the most talked about movies of the 90’s is back on the big screen as we present the titillating and ridiculous BASIC INSTINCT.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the Joe Eszterhas script, is a fast and sexy ride with Micheal Douglas in the driver’s seat as a detective Nick Curran. It seems an aging rock star has been brutally murdered and the main suspect is a best selling author whose newest book is a blueprint for the crime. Enter Sharon Stone. The minute Sharon Stone comes into the picture, BASIC INSTINCT becomes something no one can hold onto. Played to the hilt of awesomeness and pure camp, Stone’s Catherine Tramell will go down as one of the most iconic female characters in modern cinema.

On the initial release of BASIC INSTINCT, many picketed the film because of the pretty blatant homophobia and misogynistic images of women. Nowadays it is regarded as a 90’s classic that is insanely quote able and totally excessive.

We are proud to present our Monday March 25th 9:45pm screening of BASIC INSTINCT in glorious HeckleVision. Your text appears on the screen as the movie plays!

Don’t forget that we have Happy Hour everyday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and Pre-shows full of complete insanely from 6:30pm to 7:00pm! We hope to see you at Central Cinema!

3 Questions with Rena Riffel

After last month’s screening of SHOWGIRLS 2: PENNY’S FROM HEAVEN with David Schmader, Seattle was burning with questions! We sit down with Rena Riffel for 3 Questions.

What has been the most rewarding about releasing SHOWGIRLS 2: PENNY’S FROM HEAVEN for you?

The most rewarding thing for me is that my sweet and wonderful fans who have been so supportive and kind to me have enjoyed the film.  I made this film as a Thank You to the fans of Showgirls, who have made Showgirls into such a cult sensation.  So, I was hoping to give them a little more of that special something, even though SG2 turned out a little bit twisted and weird.

What is your SWEETEST Taboo?

I like brown rice and vegetables.  I really do like it much better than dog food or burgers.  And I can easily drink a whole bottle of Cristal all by myself without getting a headache.

What is your favorite swear word?

My favorite is GodDammedSonofaBitch!!… my Grandma used to say that, it’s very film noir and vintage.. but I don’t say that.  I usually say “darn it”, or “fricken” this or that.  But just the basic fuck or shit is my favorite swear word to use, or fuckin’.. sometimes followed by asshole, depending on the circumstance. Fuckin’ traffic, fuckin’ internet, fuckin’ curb, I like those, too. Frickin’ A! :)  or Fuck Yeah! or Hells Yeah!


 What is the buzz on SHOWGIRLS 3?

“Showgirls 3” is the direct sequel to “Showgirls 2: Penny’s From Heaven”, the saga continues… It is a bit more serious, more of a drama/thriller and touches on the sci-fi/horror side of things.  And, I am in pre-production now on a 2 1/2, “Penny’s Confession”.  I will be blending the lost subplot of 35 minutes of deleted scenes with new footage.  These were my favorite scenes, the most interesting and colorful scenes, my personal favorite scenes, and contain a lot of answers to SG2.  (Also, look for “Astrid’s Self Portrait”, my new film I made, coming soon!)



Starting This Friday!

We have two stellar movies that are starting at Central Cinema this week!

Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm is NIGHT OF THE HUNTER.*
$6 advance/ $8 day of show


“Get your state troopers out here. I got something trapped in my barn.”

The 1955 film, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, is a nightmarish journey into the darkness of a man’s soul and the light that shines from one woman’s spirit. Famed actor, Charles Laughton, directed only one film and if you are going to only direct one film it should be as good as NIGHT OF THE HUNTER!

With a cast led by Robert Mitchum as a preacher who isn’t as God lovin’ as he pretends and Lillian Gish as a widow out to protect the innocent, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER turns into a deadly cat and mouse game of startlingly results.

With Shelley Winters as the put upon mother of two, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is a classy thriller that remains timeless and still absolutely horrifying.

This was also Sally Jane Bruce’s only film. And like Laughton, she gives it her all as Little Pearl Harper!

This Friday and Saturday at 9:30pm.*
$6 advance/ $8 day of show

“Life is like the foam of the sea. You must dive into it.”

Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (AND YOUR MOTHER TOO!) is a dream road trip! Sex, drugs, more sex and having to grow up all await two best friends who hitch a ride with a sexy Maribel Verdu to a secluded beach called Boca del Cielo, translated as Heaven’s Mouth. The problem now is that no beach really exist and two boys have fallen head over heels in love with their arousing travel companion. Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN is an unrated lusty tale of coming of age and having to remember that what happens at the pool stays at the pool.

This groundbreaking and mesmerizing film launched the Hollywood careers of not only the two leads, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, but also that of the director, Alfonso Cuaron.

So take a break from the overcast Seattle weather and travel south of the border for a road trip you will never forget!

LEPRECHAUN 2 at 7:00pm & 9:30pm
$6 advance/ $8 day of show

“Nothing tastes as good as a free pizza. Now if I could only figure out how to get free beer.”

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with a bona fide Leprechaun! This time he around he is turning 1000 years old and all he wants for a birthday present is a BRIDE!!

Warwick Davis is back as the Leprechaun with a mean streak and Shevonne Durkin is the unlucky lady of his desires!


Two screenings of this classic 90’s horror sequel! Think of it as One Wedding and Lots of Funerals!

*Additional screening of Night Of The Hunter on Monday & Tuesday at 7:00pm
*Additional screenings of Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9;30pm