Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.
PLAYING THIS WEEK
Happy Birthday to … Sunday, July 24: Colin Price (director, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HELL) … celebrate!
20 Years Ago … Thursday, July 25, 1996: James R. Velde, a former Hollywood executive, passes away at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA, at age 82, according to an obituary published by the Los Angeles Daily News. Velde spent his entire career in the motion picture industry apart from serving in the United States army during World War II, starting at a regional shipping office of Paramount Pictures in the mid-1930s and eventually retiring in 1977 as a senior vice president of United Artists after nearly 30 years with that studio. He is well regarded in the industry for his innovations in film distribution and marketing as well as philanthropy. A native of Bloomington, IL, Velde joined Paramount after graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University, per a 1976 Boxoffice magazine article.
LOCAL FILMS, ETC.
@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: Call for Entries for the 7th annual New Art Film Festival* (7/25-8/31) Information
FLICKER OF THE WEEK
We have temporarily renamed the “FOW” department to “Flashback of the Week” so we can justify honoring the organizers of a past happening as encouragement for them to keep it up in the future! Call us surprised (but not really, since niche events often fly under the radar in college towns) to read an article in the Illinois State University student newspaper, The Daily Vidette, about a neat little development one stinkin’ day after it occurred. Seems that on Tuesday, June 28, the McLean County Museum of History in downtown Bloomington hosted the first show of a proposed series titled “Movies under the Dome” at which they intend to “[feature] movies with a McLean County connection,” per their own announcement. The first choice, RING OF FEAR, is a 1954 Warner Bros. release starring world famous animal trainer Clyde Beatty and celebrated crime fiction author Mickey Spillane as themselves in a circus-set murder mystery. Also appearing in the CinemaScope production are numerous real-life big top performers of yore, including area native Richard Shipley, who had lived in those other Twin Cities at some point; the Bloomington-Normal area once served as a “winter camp” destination for traveling circuses during the first half of the 20th century. Other than presenting RING OF FEAR to their audience in a new light as a cultural time capsule laced with local threads, organizers arranged for rare artifacts from the unique “Circus and Allied Arts” collection housed at ISU to be on display for everyone to enjoy. Given our own editorial leanings that stress the worth of the past in the present, we can’t help but approve of this direction charted by the museum! Happily, their education outreach coordinator Anthony Bowman confirmed for C-U Blogfidential via e-mail the series would pick up in the fall, thanks to the enthusiastic response elicited by the RING OF FEAR event. You can bet your bottom circus peanut we will absolutely add those screenings to the Calendar, if not attend them as well, so keep watch if central Illinois representation in cinema means something to you!
@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (7/22 on), TICKLED (7/22-7/26, 7/28), Women on Top series: BIG (7/27, 7:30 p.m.), THE SANDLOT (7/22-7/23, 7/28, 10 p.m.)
@ parking lot, Busey Bank, downtown Urbana, IL : Urbanalove presents “Summer Movie Nights” feat. THE WIZARD OF OZ (7/23, sunset, free)
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “America (Heck Yeah!)” feat. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (7/26, 7/28, 7 p.m.)
@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (3-D & 2-D), STAR TREK BEYOND (3-D & 2-D), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/22 on), JASON BOURNE (7/28, 7 p.m.)
@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: STAR TREK BEYOND, GHOSTBUSTERS (Screen 1), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (Screen 2) (7/22 on)
@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: HILLARY’S AMERICA, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (3-D & 2-D), LIGHTS OUT, STAR TREK BEYOND (3-D & 2-D), GHOSTBUSTERS (3-D & 2-D), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/22 on), HOME (7/23, 7/26, 10 a.m.)
@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (7/22-7/24, 7/28)
@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: FINDING DORY (7/22-7/24), KUNG FU PANDA 3 (7/23, 11 a.m., free)
@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (Screen 1), GHOSTBUSTERS (Screen 2) (7/22 on)
@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (7/22-7/24)
@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: HILLARY’S AMERICA, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (3-D & 2-D), LIGHTS OUT, STAR TREK BEYOND (3-D & 2-D), FINDING DORY, GHOSTBUSTERS (3-D & 2-D), THE INFILTRATOR, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/22 on), KABALI (7/23, 7/24, 3 p.m. (Tamil language); 7/22, 9:30 p.m. & 7/24, 3 p.m. (Telugu dub)), Fathom Events, Warner Bros., and DC Comics present BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE (7/25, 7:30 & 10 p.m.), THE PEANUTS MOVIE (7/28, 10 a.m.), BAD MOMS (7/28, 6 & 8:30 p.m.), JASON BOURNE (7/28, 7 & 10 p.m.)
@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE, HILLARY’S AMERICA, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (3-D & 2-D), LIGHTS OUT, STAR TREK BEYOND (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), THE BFG, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, FINDING DORY, GHOSTBUSTERS, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, THE INFILTRATOR, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/22 on), PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (7/22, 10 a.m.), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. BACK TO THE FUTURE (7/24, 7/27, 2 & 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and 20th Century Fox present PLANET OF THE APES (1968; 7/24, 2 p.m.; 7/27, 7 p.m.), THE SANDLOT (7/25, 7/26, 10 a.m.). Fathom Events, Warner Bros., and DC Comics present BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE (7/25, 7:30 & 10 p.m.), Fathom Events and Lincoln Center present Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in performance (7/26, 7 p.m.), BAD MOMS (7/28, 6:05 & 8:30 p.m.), JASON BOURNE (7/28, 7 & 9:45 p.m.)
@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (3-D & 2-D), LIGHTS OUT, STAR TREK BEYOND (3-D & 2-D), GHOSTBUSTERS (3-D & 2-D), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/22 on)
@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE PERFECT MATCH, DEMOLITION, MILES AHEAD, ELVIS & NIXON, KILL ZONE 2, THE 100 (s3), THE MAGICIANS (s1), more! (7/19 on)
@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, GHOSTBUSTERS (7/22-7/24, 7/26, 7/28)
@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Closed for the week!
Locally produced movies and events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Also find out what is “Coming Soon” by hitting the jump below. Go see ‘em, C-U!