Calendar: October 11-17, 2019

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

10/12: Chris Folkens (producer/director, CATALYST)
10/12: Debra Domal (arts contributor, Smile Politely)
10/12: Phil Hall (author, In Search of Lost Films)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

25 Years AgoFriday, October 7, 1994: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, the 1952 classic from MGM starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor as talent caught in the Hollywood transition from silent to sound pictures, is the main attraction during the grand reopening of the Normal Theater in downtown Normal, Illinois. Previewed in euphoric terms by Dan Craft of the Bloomington Pantagraph earlier today, the sold-out show marks the end of a long journey by the Town of Normal to restore this venue to the Art Moderne veneer of its earliest years – essentially, harking to the past to ensure its future as did the makers of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN with the movie musical genre. In its previous era, the Normal had operated circumspectly on West North Street as a second-run house owned and “twinned” by the GKC Theaters chain, closing in May 1991 due to paltry attendance. The Town of Normal purchased the property a few months later and raised the necessary capital through donations, gifts, and taxes for a complete restoration; the Normal of today closely resembles the one designed by Bloomington architect Arthur F. Moratz and opened in 1937 by real estate broker Sylvan Kupfer and his wife Ruth.

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (10/11, 4 p.m.)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (10/14, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
MONOS (10/11-10/13, 10/16-10/17), Member Screening: FAST COLOR (10/16, 7:30 p.m.), Shocktober 2019: US (10/11, 10/13-10/14), THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (10/11, 9:30 p.m.), NOSFERATU (1922) w/live accompaniment by The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra (10/12, 7:30 p.m.), EVENT HORIZON (10/13, 10/15, 10/17), and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) w/Illini Student Musicals shadow cast (10/17, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, JEXI, THE SKY IS PINK, ABOMINABLE, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, JOKER, MY PEOPLE MY COUNTRY (10/11 on), THE LION KING (10/11-10/14), MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP (10/17 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: TO LIVE (10/11), FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE (10/18)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
TOY STORY 4, ANNABELLE COMES HOME, MIDSOMMAR, AMERICAN WOMAN, LIGHT OF MY LIFE, THE WEDDING GUEST, DEADWOOD: THE MOVIE, VIKINGS (s5, pt2), more! (10/8 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, JEXI, ABOMINABLE, AD ASTRA, DOWNTON ABBEY, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, JOKER, JUDY, THE LION KING (10/11 on), A DOG’S JOURNEY (10/11-10/13, 10 a.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: Turandot (10/12, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 10/6, 6:30 p.m., recorded), GREMLINS (10/13, 10/16), 3 FROM HELL (10/14, 7 p.m.), SKID ROW MARATHON (10/14, 7 p.m.), JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT (10/15, 7 p.m.), MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL (10/17 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. CHILD’S PLAY (2019), Pine Lounge (10/11, 7 p.m.; 10/12, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. HALLOWEENTOWN, Courtyard Café (10/17, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

@ School of Information Sciences, UIUC, Champaign, IL
THE FOREIGNER’S HOME screening & discussion, Room 126 (10/17, 4 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Rewind 92.5 Film Series: THE LOST BOYS (10/12, 7 p.m.)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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NOW PLAYING | The Cities Beyond

@ AMC Classic Village Mall 6, Danville, IL
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, ABOMINABLE, JOKER, THE LION KING (10/11 on)

@ AMC Peru Mall 8, Peru, IL
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, ABOMINABLE, DOWNTON ABBEY, IT: CHAPTER TWO, JOKER, THE LION KING (10/11 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, JOKER, LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE (10/11 on), “Journalism at the Movies” classes with Skip Huston (Thursdays, 9/26-11/14, 6:30 p.m., enroll @ Avon)

@ The Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in, Gibson City, IL
Closed for the season!

@ The Lincoln Family Theater & Community Center, Lincoln, IL
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, DOWNTON ABBEY, GEMINI MAN, JEXI, ABOMINABLE, JOKER, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD (10/11 on)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL
Closed for the week!

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL
THE FOG (10/11, 10/13), THE BABADOOK (10/11), BEETLEJUICE (10/12-10/13), SILVER BULLET (10/12), Six Week Film School: “Ungrateful Dead” feat. WHITE ZOMBIE (10/15), CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962; 10/17)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL
THE ADDAMS FAMILY (10/11-10/13, 10/16)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL
HUSTLERS (10/11-10/13), THE LITTLE VAMPIRE (10/12, 11 a.m., free)

@ Route 34 Drive-in, Earlville, IL
JOKER, IT: CHAPTER TWO (10/11-10/13)

@ Roxy Cinemas, Ottawa, IL
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, JEXI, ABOMINABLE, DOWNTON ABBEY, JOKER (10/11 on)

 

NOW PLAYING | Midwest

@ various venues, Chicago, IL
55th Chicago International Film Festival (10/16-10/27)

@ various venues, Indianapolis, IN
28th Heartland International Film Festival (through 10/20)

For detailed and curated listings of Chicago-area film presentations and related events, please visit the fine folks at Cine-File and subscribe to their definitive “Cine-List” weekly blast.

 

COMING SOON | Area-wide Events

NEW! 10/21
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting
@ WILL-TV studio, Campbell School for Public Telecommunication, UIUC, Urbana, IL, 7 p.m.

10/22
THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE w/live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott
@ Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL, 7 p.m.

10/26
Dark History & Horror Con’s Screaming Mad Film Festival
@ The City Center, Champaign, IL, 1:30 p.m.

11/1-11/2
3rd Dead in Decatur Film Festival
@ Decatur Area Arts Council, Decatur, IL

11/7-11/17
27th St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, MO

11/10
10th annual New Art Film Festival*
@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL

11/22-11/23
18th annual Route 66 Film Festival
@ Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center, Springfield, IL

2/24-3/1/20
42nd Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL

3/24/20
SHERLOCK, JR. w/live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott
@ Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL, 7 p.m.

4/2-4/9/20
22nd annual Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, WI

4/15-4/18/20
22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL

 

COMMUNITY & CAMPUS SERIES | Champaign-Urbana area

AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series
@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL, 7 p.m., free
11/12: DROKPA: NOMADS OF TIBET

“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings
@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL, 7 p.m., free
10/11: TO LIVE; 10/18: FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE; 10/25: IN THE HEAT OF THE SUN; 11/8: TOKYO STORY; 11/15: FLOATING WEEDS; 12/6: THE WAGES OF FEAR

Illini Union Board presents “Throwback Films at the Union”
@ Courtyard Cafe, Main Level, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL, 8:30 p.m. Thurs., free w/i-card
10/17: HALLOWEENTOWN; 10/24: PET SEMATARY (1989); 10/31: HALLOWEEN (2018?); 11/7: BEETLEJUICE; 11/14: ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD (1994); 11/21: GROWN UPS; 11/28: THE BREAKFAST CLUB; 12/5: THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union”
@ Pine Lounge, Main Level, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL, 7 p.m. Fri., 7 & 10 p.m. Sat., free w/i-card
10/11, 10/12: CHILD’S PLAY (2019); 10/18, 10/19: ANNABELLE COMES HOME; 10/25, 10/26: PET SEMATARY (2019); 11/1, 11/2: SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME; 11/8, 11/9: THE LION KING (2019); 11/15, 11/16: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD; 11/22, 11/23: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2; 11/29, 11/30: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE; 12/6, 12/7: IT: CHAPTER TWO

The News-Gazette Film Series
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL, 1 & 7 p.m. (holiday series are 7 p.m. only)
10/21: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1931); 10/22: THE MUMMY (1932); 10/23: FRANKENSTEIN (1931); 10/24: THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN; 10/25: DRACULA (1931); 11/2: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; 12/16: CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT; 12/17: MICRALE ON 34TH STREET (1947); 12/18: WHITE CHRISTMAS; 12/19: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1951); 12/20-12/21: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE; 1/11/20: 12 ANGRY MEN (1957); 2/2/20: THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER; 3/21/20: ON THE WATERFRONT; 4/26/20: COOL HAND LUKE; 5/16/20: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF; 6/20/20: FANTASIA

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Compiled by Jason Pankoke.

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