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!
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.
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 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.
We are super excited to have Jessica on board planning out our show calendar. The Stranger has a little interview with her about her views on what makes movies worth watching: The Lineup
Yeggy is the man behind the fabulous mosaic mural on the front of the Cinema. Check out this article about him in the Capitol Hill Times.
We have a new slew of 99¢ movies planned for the Hot Summer Nights of August. Take the Discount Fright with SNAKES ON A PLANE on August 7th. Then shake your money-maker August 14th for a NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY. Burning true-love can be had for a buck with David Lynch’s WILD AT HEART on August 21st. Finally you can live on the cheap at RENT on August 28th.
Van Alan and the Cast & Crew of ECHOES invite you to a screening of their new short film, shot in and around Renton. They are taking over Happy Hour on Sunday August 11th at 5:30. A young family living in the Pacific Northwest encounters a dark, supernatural presence when their son goes missing in the nearby forest. But all is not what it seems in this haunting short film.
We are on our way to a major upgrade to the projection capabilities here at the Cinema. The major movie studios are starting to only release movies in DCP format which requires a specific kind of system to show them with. The DCP spec also looks really great on the screen so the quality of our shows will improve nicely too. The equipment costs some serious money so we have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to get this installed. We have some great deals on movies and events at different funding levels. If you come to the movies a lot then you can save some money by buying your tickets upfront, and it will help us to make the shows that much better. Go check out what this upgrade means to us on our Kickstarter page and help us get there.
Kate has done an amazing job with the flower beds in front of the Cinema. Right now the Peonies are exploding in magenta and there is a large bush of yellow Roses. We use the flowers for the table vases in the cafe space. There are also beds of herbs such as fennel and mint that the kitchen uses for specials.