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.
Join us for Sunday Brunch and Seahawks! We will be playing majority of the Sunday games left in the season. Bring your appetites and your team spirit! GO HAWKS!
Below is the schedule:
Join us! SPORTS! Doors open 20 minutes before Kickoff. Seating is Free and on first-come basis.
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.
A vision is just a vision if it’s only in your head. Sometimes life gives you a chance for that vision to become a reality. I had this idea of taking my living room movie screenings to a more epic scale and unleashing my cinematic insanity onto the city I love so dearly. Three years ago the opportunity fell in my lap. I was able to screen some of my favorite movies, from NIGHT OF THE HUNTER to TROOP BEVERLY HILLS, complete with servers, booze and friends.Some movies were huge (CLUELESS, CASABLANCA and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA), while some were major bombs. We don’t discuss those. To have been a part of the Seattle movie going experience and to everyone who went on the journey with me, I am humbly and shockingly grateful.
The time has come for me to explore new challenges and more High Adventure in life. I am excited to welcome Jessica Aceti, one of the masterminds behinds MOVIE CAT TRIVIA as the new programmer at Central Cinema. She is walking into a wonderful situation as we have reached our Kickstarter goal to install a new DCP projector and I know for a fact that she a huge fan of ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING.
During my tenure I learned what true professionalism is. Shane Whalund and Michael Anderson from Collide-O-Scope, Jessica Aceti and Brian Kirk, Mystic O’Reilly and her Burlesque Along crew, Mia Roberson, The lovely ladies of GeekGirlCon and the folks behind WAXIE MOON IN FALLEN JEWEL all raised the bar and showed that you MUST be willing to give the audience what they want, while maintaining a level of integrity in your work.
For the Central Cinema peeps, it has truly been a happening. I don’t think I will ever get the smell of popcorn out of my winter coat and I will never ever eat anything with Celery Root in it again. It would be remiss of me to not mention a couple of people who always had my back. Morgan Galloway taught me the fine art of Morganization ( IT WORKS!) and under no circumstances pass up your shift meal. Also, Chelsea Popp advised me to keep your chin up, try to do the best you can and try to laugh at everything. Both Morgan and Chelsea listened when I spoke to them and never ever lost their cool, well…almost never ever….Through the madness, insane joy and distress of a clunker movie screening, they implored that I shrug it off and exhale. Also, Brian Van Williamson has always been a great sounding board and good friend. He saw the big picture and shared the vision I was trying to create.
Mercy, mercy, mercy. After taking over the Sing Alongs, I learned what TRUE comradery and joy meant. Each event has it’s own insane story to tell and it you weren’t there then you missed it. From the Dream Date Series to the Ladies of R&B, it was an experience unlike any other. By far the most personal and most intense one was the past Totally Gay Sing Along. Hitting right in the middle of the DOMA overturn, Prop 8 shutdown and Seattle Pride, the roof was blown off and left in orbit somewhere. The feeling of love and togetherness has never been as strong….well besides anytime TEAM MARIAH gets together.
I live according to BadMovieArt rules. The most magical nights were the BadMovieArt screenings. From ROLLERBOOGIE to last month’s gonzo LADY TERMINATOR, I have seen people laugh so hard they cried. I have seen a movie end and everyone remain in their seats completely stunned i.e,. THE LONELY LADY. I have seen people get so mad at the movie, they start yelling at it, like PIPE DREAMS and MAC & ME. I have loved every single minute of every single screening of every BadMovieArt and I will remember it as long as I can.
I want to thank Kevin and Kate Spitzer for taking a chance on a good ole country boy who love movies and loves to party. Usually at the same time.
Thanks to all of my friends who have been so supportive and have come to tons of screenings either by their own free will or dragged there, with a promise of discounted drinks and a ride home. Jeff Dorion, Ryan Hicks, David Schmader, Jake Nelson, Tom Nelson, Boris and Richard Kennedy have made my cinematic endeavors so rewarding in so many ways and I thank them from the bottom of my darksided heart.
Jason A. Miller
Life ain’t nothing but a movie. But you get to pick the soundtrack.