Summer Matinee Madness

Recently we had Kevin and Sean, the guys who founded DealFlicks, stop by the theater on their way to Canada. After seeing what they do at DealFlicks we signed up Central Cinema. All summer we will be offering Summer Matinee Madness of 3-for-1 admission to our weekend matinees all the way through September. Now you can duck out of the sun for an air conditioned break at the movies and bring two friends along for free. What a nice way to split a pitcher! Check out our theater page on DealFlicks and score some sweet deals.

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Space is running out for Neurons to Nirvana

Neurons to Nirvana at Central CinemaThe upcoming Tugg event Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines is filling up fast. There are 6 days until this show and less than 20 seats remain. If you would like to get in on this screening jump over to Tugg and get yourself some tickets before they are all gone.

Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines is a richly-illustrated feature documentary about the resurgence of psychedelics as medicine. Through interviews with the world’s foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, the film explores five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their previously established medicinal and psychotherapeutic potential.

This screening is being presented byPuget Sound Evolver Spore, raising awareness about today’s most pressing issues, inspiring activism, and exploring transformative practices such as meditation, permaculture, gift circles, and shamanism. www.evolvernetwork.org/seattle/

 

Tugg event: Neurons to Nirvana

Neurons to Nirvana at Central CinemaNeurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines is a richly-illustrated feature documentary about the resurgence of psychedelics as medicine. Through interviews with the world’s foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, the film explores five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their previously established medicinal and psychotherapeutic potential.

If you would like to see this movie and join the discussion afterwards with Puget Sound Evolver Spore, Tugg needs 64 people to sign up by June 10th for this to happen. Reserve your spot now at http://www.tugg.com/events/9245

Give BIG Happy Hour Tuesday May 6th 4:30-6:30

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Of course you want to GiveBIG this year! Why not do it in style? We’d like to invite you to enjoy cocktails and camaraderie with us to celebrate Seattle’s giant day of big-hearted giving. A trio of cool Theater companies and all their friends will be having a very special happy hour in the Cinema tomorrow.

Drop in for a few minutes to say hi, or settle in to raise a glass or two and have a bite to eat. Computers will be available for you to make contributions to your favorite non-profit. Meet the people behind MAP Theater, Theater Scheater, and Playing in Progress. (And just for stopping by, you get a free hug and a souvenir button!)
The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live. This is your chance to get with GiveBIG IRL! FTF!  :{)

CD Holiday Party Slideshow

Good fun at the Holiday Party this year. The students from Meter were amazing on stage, Santa took a break from cutting hair to be here, and there was Juggling!

Weekend Matinees now on the schedule

We now have matinee showtimes on Saturdays and Sundays. What could be better on a rainy cold winter afternoon? It started with the Seahawks games and the Dr. WHO event during the day, then it seemed to make sense to keep it rolling with movies on the weekends too. Now we have 3:00 matinees scheduled unless there is a special event. December is pretty busy with events so we could only squeeze in The Nightmare Before Christmas at 3:00 on Dec 7th, ELF at 3:00 on Dec 21st, and When Harry Met Sally at 3:00 on the 28th. January has matinees nearly every weekend. Now you can still catch your favorite movies in the theater even if you have other plans for the evening.

The bumpy road to DCP

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The gaping hole in our projector where the IMS should be.

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The loaner projector doing the work of keeping the screen lit while the main unit is out of commission.

While all projects have their unforeseen problems to deal with, we hit a huge pothole in the road to digital cinema on Friday. As I was testing Casablanca on Friday, it was looking beautiful until about 10 minutes into the movie when it started rapidly looping the same few frames over and over. Uh oh. DCP is supposed to be rock solid. The movies are encrypted and the Studios only unlock them for the actual dates that you have booked with them. This means that testing the movie in advance is out of the question. So here I was on the opening day of a Holiday weekend with a fritzing movie. At first the issue appeared to be a piece of firmware on the media board (IMS) inside the projector. The update was fairly straightforward and applied just fine… then the communication port went down and the projector became unreachable. We sweated over the port settings for a few hours trying to reestablish a link but it just wouldn’t respond to anything. We finally had to break the bad news to all the people in the lobby waiting for a fun Friday night with a great classic. No show, tickets refunded, that inner feeling of frustration and wanting to smash cute things. We were able to get a loaner projector setup as an interim solution, so we were back on the screen for the late show. The IMS board is in the shop for diagnosis and repair. At first it looked as if a software repair was all it was going to need but then the error messages started popping up making it look more and more like there was something physically wrong with the board itself. Since this thing is barely a few weeks old it means that Doremi will be sending us a fresh one from LA. I would love to know what loose solder joint or overheated chip might have caused it, I guess it is a dark fascination. The show is still on with the loaner standing in. The big pretty Barco projector should be relit soon so we can have a bright and shiny December.

THRIVE Film, Lecture, and Lunch series

Thrive Film and Speaker series

Thrive Cafe is hosting a thought-provoking and delicious film series here at Central Cinema.  Thrive’s Fresh Film Series screens award-winning health related documentaries, while savoring a 3 course lunch catered by Thrive, followed by a live Q&A Speaker from the movie or local expert. The Film Series is held at lunchtime on the 4th Sunday of each month between August and November 2013.