I’m so glad to be a part of this on-line community, and I’m hoping you’re already familiar with THE NEON. If not, we’re an independent movie theater located in the heart of downtown Dayton – just outside the Oregon District. We have the best first-run movie & concession prices in town and offer a great beer selection (that’s right – beer) at our concessions stand (we also offer a handful of mixed drinks and wine). We show indie films – that means movies that aren’t often found at the multiplexes…titles include smaller-budget films, foreign films, documentaries, and we also work with filmmakers in the region to help gain exposure to their work.
I’ll be updating you on a weekly basis on this site, but you can always find up-to-date showtimes on our homepage at www.neonmovies.com.
Tomorrow we open a new film. This comedy has been getting much better reviews than another comedy with CITY in the title (also set in New York), and it has already been seen by a couple of our regulars. One person saw it in NYC and another saw it in St. Louis…and they both loved it. CITY ISLAND, starring Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer and Alan Arkin, is the comedic discovery of the season.
Synopsis for CITY ISLAND: “A dysfunctional family living on a picturesque island in the Bronx spares no expense in avoiding the truth about their messed-up lives in writer/director Raymond de Felitta’s dark family comedy. The family patriarch, Vince (Andy Garcia) is a prison guard who is secretly plotting a new career as an actor. Meanwhile, as Vince takes acting lessons on the down low, his daughter moonlights as a stripper and his younger namesake harbors a secret fetish that involves the family’s 300-pound neighbor. Under normal circumstances Vincent’s wife, Joyce (Julianna Margulies), would be the family rock, but lately she’s been preoccupied with uncovering the identity of the hired help, a secret that only her husband knows.” (Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide)
On Saturday & Sunday, we will have a special guest give a short presentation before the 3:00 screening of BABIES. Milly Hubler, resident of Dayton and friend of THE NEON, visited Namibia in March. Namibia is the home of Ponijao – one of the babies in BABIES. Milly will talk to the audience about her adventures in southern Africa and will be available in the lobby after the screening to show off some of the treasures she acquired on her trip.
On June 17, The Dayton Pride Partnership and The Downtown Dayton LGBT Film Fest are joining forces to bring a special film to town – PATRIK, AGE 1.5. Her’s the set-up: “Göran always wanted to become a father. He is married to his partner, Sven, and they have been cleared for adoption by the Swedish authorities. The problem is that no country seems to be willing to give a child to a homosexual couple. Göran refuses to give up his dream of having what so many others take for granted; a real family. Göran and Sven receive a letter with an offer from the social services to take care of “Patrik, Age 1.5″ – a Swedish child who needs a new family. They happily accept the offer and prepare the nursery for the baby’s arrival. On the day that little Patrik is expected to arrive, a lanky teenager rings their doorbell. He says his name is Patrik and that he has come to live with them. They realize, horror-struck, that their little baby Patrik is actually a juvenile delinquent. To add insult to injury, he is also homophobic.” The film will screen Thursday, June 17 at 7:00 and 9:40, and a special panel discussion about gay adoption with adoption professionals and a local gay couple who are adoptive parents will occur after the 7:00 screening. Tickets to this film – just $6.00 each – are currently on sale at THE NEON’s box office.
BABIES didn’t perform nearly as well as we had hoped…even with Oprah’s help. We’re crossing our fingers that things pick up with weekend.
Have a great holiday!
SHOWTIMES for May 28 – June 3:
CITY ISLAND (PG-13) 100 Minutes
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12:40, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:40
Monday: 12:40, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30
Tuesday- Thursday: 2:50, 5:10, 7:30
BABIES (PG) 87 Minutes
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 1:00, 3:00, 5:15, 7:20, 9:20
Monday: 1:00, 3:00, 5:15, 7:20
Tuesday – Thursday: 3:00, 5:15, 7:20
As always, all dates are tentative.
June 4 MOTHER
June 11 THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (winner of “Best Foreign Film”)
June 18 PLEASE GIVE
June 25 THE SQUARE
July 16 I AM LOVE (My favorite from Toronto!)
July 16 CYRUS
July 30 WINTER’S BONE
TBD – MOTHER AND CHILD
TBD – JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK