Calendar: March 20-26, 2020

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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PASSINGS | You Will Be Missed

3/13: Robert Picklesimer, 66 (founder, Creative Dramatics Workshop, Sidney/Homer, IL)

 

MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana Mendota with Love Astonishment

I’ve been telling myself for the last few years that I should conclude the Calendar at the 10-year mark this summer and spend my time on other content for C-U Blogfidential . It’s a mainstay that ultimately repeats information our readers could pull up on a computer or smart phone from various sources. On the flip side, gathering it here ensures a nuance and context to the information that can’t be manufactured, especially since I’ve offered it weekly with few breaks since 2010. It is a structured and compact way of tracking the ebb and flow of the movies in Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond if one would want to backtrack and skim through it over months or years. Never have I ever claimed that it is an absolute record – plenty of one-off shows and departmental presentations have escaped me, damn it – although it is seasoned with the flavor of film fare that finds a place in the C-U whether we ask for it or not. What I could not have predicted coming into this theoretical home stretch of the Calendar is to see it practically stripped bare of anything pertinent. The most popular booking, starting today, is “closed for the week.” For the sake of the public interest and our health, I have no arguments and plan to crawl through the ramifications and mind-bogglers in an article posting next week. The cinema is a vital scope in our society, allowing us to see that which ails and enriches us from the inside out; I have guarded confidence it will spring back strong in the public sphere even if its overall form is not quite what we’re accustomed to. That may be justification enough to continue the Calendar so when our present is in the socially distant past, we can use the entries to study and pick apart the ways in how it is rebuilt, screen by screen.

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
Closed for the week.

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, RICHARD JEWELL, BLACK CHRISTMAS, SUPERMAN: RED SON, LITTLE JOE, JOHN HENRY, THE ASSENT, WAITING FOR ANYA, AMITYVILLE ISLAND, more! (3/17 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
Closed for the week.

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
Closed for the week.

@ AMC Peru Mall 8, Peru, IL
Closed for the week.

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL
Closed for the week.

@ The Lincoln Family Theater & Community Center, Lincoln, IL
EMMA., THE WAY BACK, THE CALL OF THE WILD, THE HUNT, I STILL BELIEVE, ONWARD (3/20-3/22)

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

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL
Closed for the week.

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL
Closed for the week.

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL
Closed for the week.

@ Roxy Cinemas, Ottawa, IL
Closed for the week.

@ Streator Eagle 6, Streator, IL
Closed for the week.

 

NOW PLAYING | Midwest

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

 

COMING SOON | Area-wide Events

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

3/28
Cancelled: Community Supported Film presents BE KIND REWIND
@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL, 7 p.m., free

5/22-5/24
INCIDENT AT KICKAPOO CREEK* 50th anniversary screenings
@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL

 

COMMUNITY & CAMPUS SERIES | Champaign-Urbana area

“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings
@ Armory Building/Gregory Hall, UIUC, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 7 p.m., free
(GH 100) 3/27: EASY RIDER; (AB 101) 4/3: TAXI DRIVER; 4/10: CHINATOWN; 4/24: OPENING NIGHT; 5/1: A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE

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
Cancelled: 3/26: FROZEN; 4/2: MAMMA MIA!; TBD: 4/9: FORREST GUMP; 4/16: WALL-E; 4/23: JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE; 4/30: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS/STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

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
Cancelled: 3/20, 3/21: DOLITTLE; 3/27, 3/28: FROZEN II; 4/3, 4/4: CATS; TBD: 4/10, 4/11: A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD; 4/17, 4/18: BIRDS OF PREY; 4/24, 4/25: JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL; 5/1, 5/2: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

The News-Gazette Film Series
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL, 1 & 7 p.m.
5/16: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF; 6/20: FANTASIA

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Compiled by Jason Pankoke.
Champaign Public Library listing is courtesy Rebecca Knaur/CPL.

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