Price is right for Jan. 27 TTC!

Since the earliest MICRO-FILM days, you’ve read about our efforts to establish a “micro-cinema” presence here in Champaign-Urbana, jumping between venues with various levels of success. We’re happy to announce that we can put our wanderlust days behind us, thanks to new event partners and an unlikely home fully equipped for all our cinema-projecting needs!

Starting this Friday, January 27, at 10 p.m., C-U Confidential and magic/sideshow mavens, Psychic Joker Entertainment, will present a monthly late-night movie showcase at SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., in Champaign’s “south downtown” area. Initial double- and triple-features will be assembled from material in the public domain and billed as “Psychic Joker’s Time Traveling Cinema,” playing on our mutual interest in full motion ephemera and lasting until 2 a.m. Cover will be $5 while goodies and drinks (sans alcohol, for now) will be made available to you, dearest viewers, for a mere $1 an item.

We launch the Time Traveling Cinema with THE YESTERDAY MACHINE (1963), about a former Nazi scientist who constructs a time machine and plots a return to World War II in order to change history! We then zip back farther to the late Silent Era with a haunting short adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe story, THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1928), and finally conclude with HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959) starring an actor synonymous with later Poe films, the great Vincent Price, and directed by a Hollywood showman famous for his promotional gimmicks, William Castle!

Please come support our maiden voyage at SoDo, even if you must be fashionably late! (HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL should start at approximately 12:30 a.m.) Depending on attendance levels and reactions in the early goings, we may vary future line-ups to include theme nights, “guest curator” nights, local film nights akin to the New Art Film Festival, and exclusive screenings of current indie and underground films from across the United States in the esoteric MICRO-FILM vein. Only time and your patronage will tell!

~ Jason Pankoke

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