Calendar: June 26-July 2, 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.


MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

6/27: Eric Spudic (owner, Spudic’s Movie Empire, Los Angeles, CA)
6/27: Joe Sherlock (producer, Skullface Astronaut, Corvallis, OR)
6/30: Drea Aarons (multimedia artist, Art of Drea Aarons, Urbana, IL)
7/1: Michael Juvinall (editor, Horror Patch, Channahon, IL)


PASSINGS | You Will Be Missed

6/11: R.M. “Popeye” Curtsinger, 62 (actor, WEREWOLF CEMETERY, Brainsmart Productions, Portland, OR)


MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana Mendota with Love Miscellany

In line with both our previous and next posts, I’d like to briefly go over several developments that will be of interest to you! Pens to Lens organizers are proceeding with a 2020 show that will premiere online on a date to be revealed and consist exclusively of student-made films; deadline to submit for consideration is this coming Tuesday, June 30, so hit this link right now if the young folks in your life have been productive with camera in hand! Active on a damage control front are locals Ash Hamilton and Ben Harl whose offbeat project, THE TRUE TALE OF OLE SPLITFOOT…, has been shelved due to a nearly unbelievable trifecta of a surface resemblance to an already-made Netflix series, a brief association with an actor just arrested for alleged sex crimes, and the abandonment of private investors in an apparent response to both. Finally, Robin Christian is gearing up for his next production in east central Illinois, hinted to be a direct sequel to the gruesome thriller CORN as reported here last year, and shared his crew needs with Champaign Movie Makers on Facebook. More to come!


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

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

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL

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

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Closed for the week. “Virtual Virginia Theatre” screenings: BABE, MILITARY WIVES (through 6/25), BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1943), LIFE ITSELF*, ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND (6/26 on) Purchase

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


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.

NOW OPEN! @ The Fischer Theatre, Danville, IL
THE PATRIOT (7/2, 7 p.m.)

@ The Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in, Gibson City, IL
“Garth Brooks: A Drive-in Concert Experience” (6/27, 9 p.m., simulcast (sold out) & 12:30 a.m.), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Screen 1), BACK TO THE FUTURE (Screen 2) (6/28-6/29), INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (Screen 1), BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (Screen 2) (6/30), INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (Screen 1), BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III (Screen 2) (7/1), HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (Screen 1), DIRTY DANCING (1987), FOOTLOOSE (1984) (Screen 2) (7/2)

@ The Lincoln Family Theater & Community Center, Lincoln, IL
Closed for the week.

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

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL
Closed for the week. “Living Room Film Festival” virtual screenings: Black Lives Matter picks: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM, WHOSE STREETS? (through 6/30), “Pioneers of Queer Cinema” package: MICHAEL, MADCHEN IN UNIFORM, VICTOR AND VICTORIA (through 6/30), Films of Hong Sangsoo: YOURSELF AND YOURS, HILL OF FREEDOM, WOMAN ON THE BEACH (through 7/2) Purchase

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

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

@ Route 34 Drive-in, Earlville, IL

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-in, Springfield, IL
HOTEL TRANSYLVAINA, 50 FIRST DATES (Screen 1), THE MUMMY (1999), THE PURGE (Screen 2) (6/26, 6/28-6/29), “Garth Brooks: A Drive-in Concert Experience” (6/27, 9 p.m., simulcast, sold out) (Screen 1 & 2), THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, MAMMA MIA! (Screen 1), SKYMAN, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999) (Screen 2) (6/30-7/2)

NOW OPEN! @ Roxy Cinemas, Ottawa, IL

@ Streator Eagle 6, Streator, IL
Closed for the week. “Drive-In Week” outdoor screenings: FORREST GUMP (6/26, 6/29-6/30), GREASE (6/27-6/28)



@ Official Website
30th annual Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival (through 7/1) Stream

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

Dead in Decatur presents “The Art of Fear”
@ Heroic Age Art Center, Mt. Zion, IL, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.

19th annual Route 66 Film Festival
@ State House Inn, Springfield, IL

SAFETY LAST feat. BIG BUSINESS w/live organ accompaniment by Steven Ball
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL, 7 p.m.


Compiled by Jason Pankoke.


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