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Friday, February 5, 2021

Drive-in Movies at Redwood Acres

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Pixar's UP
  • Pixar's UP
Oh, the nostalgia of drive-in movies. We love them — even in winter — and Big Picture Movies has a couple of feel-good family movies playing this weekend on the giant HD screen out at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. Bundle up the snacks, blankets and kids and join Marty, Doc and the DeLorean and all your favorites in Back to the Future, playing Friday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Then on Saturday, Feb. 6, laugh and cry along with Pixar’s sentimental and hilarious UP showing from 6 to 9 p.m. For everyone’s safety all cars are double spaced, and wearing a mask is required at all times when outside of your vehicle. Purchase tickets online in advance at www.bigpicturemovies.com (starting at $30).
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Friday, January 22, 2021

Rush Hour at Humboldt Bay Social Club

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 6:00 AM

Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in Rush Hour (1998)
  • Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in Rush Hour (1998)
Pull over and park for Rush Hour, the 1998 buddy-cop flick starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Watch it from the socially distant comfort of your car when Community Drive-in Cinemas present the fun Saturday, Jan. 23 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Humboldt Bay Social Club, where there’ll be an outdoor bar and lounge with drinks and food available. Only 50 spots are available so don’t wait to get your ticket at www.communitydriveincinemas.com. $25.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

'Confession' Hits Amazon Prime with Local Talent and Scenery

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2020 at 7:16 PM

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission has good news for those of us who've burned through our streaming queues: Humboldt artist and author Daniel Niyiri's thriller Confession is now available to stream on Amazon Prime. The drama centers on a forensic psychiatrist's evaluation of a captured murderer who claims to be a demon. Check out the preview below for a sample of the spooky film.

Gary C. Stillman as Det. Jared Lamb and Gavin Lyall as suspect Dean McCallum. - CONFESSION
  • Confession
  • Gary C. Stillman as Det. Jared Lamb and Gavin Lyall as suspect Dean McCallum.

Nyiri is joined on the project by cinematographer Matt St. Charles, whose commercial work for Wildberries Market, Sole Savers and the Minor Theater you've likely seen. The movie is edited by Humboldt State University grad Cole Saxton, whose resume includes feature films, documentaries, music videos and television ads.

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Action! (With Some Distance)

Posted By on Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 6:25 PM

The city of Eureka posted on its Facebook page that sections of Sequoia Park and its trails will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Tuesday, Oct. 6, when one of two film crews — it's not stated which — will be shooting at the location. The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission had previously announced Humboldt would be hosting a couple of crews and that they would be following COVID-19 safety protocols, including working in pods, isolated from the community. Read more about it here
The crew of "A Wrinkle in Time" filming at Sequoia Park in 2016. - FILE
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  • The crew of "A Wrinkle in Time" filming at Sequoia Park in 2016.
One of the films being shot locally is Afterward, based on the true local story of the Quigley family, whose 9-year-old daughter, Nicole, was killed in an accident caused by street racing in 2008 on State Route 299. It stars Terence Howard, Aaron Eckhart and George Lopez.


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Friday, July 10, 2020

Mill Creek Theater Closes, Arcata Theater Lounge Opens

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 9:24 AM

Last week, in accordance with county reopening steps, Coming Attractions Theaters announced it was opening its doors at its Broadway and Mill Creek locations, while Arcata Theater Lounge's website declared it would remain closed. A week later, Mill Creek has shuttered and the ATL is showing vintage sci-fi and animated features.

According to James Sandberg of Coming Attractions, the Mill Creek theater will not be showing films due to low attendance. Its opening over July 4 weekend simply didn't draw enough of an audience for, among other options, Bloodshot, The Hunt and Goonies.
Arcata Theatre Lounge. - FILE
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  • Arcata Theatre Lounge.
Despite a confusing notice on the website that's since been updated, the Arcata Theatre Lounge had reopened for movie nights that first weekend. Co-owner Joe Ostini says he and partner Timmothy Overturf could have started serving food and drink when restaurants reopened, but decided, "It wasn't monetarily smart to reopen at the beginning because of everything we needed to have done." Instead, they waited until movie theaters were approved to open and opened their doors to an audience of around 40 for a sci-fi night on July 1.

The ATL website lists safety measures, including masking, temperature checks, limited and assigned seating for a maximum of 100 people. It also states the theater has the right to refuse anyone not following the rules. Ostini says so far that hasn't been necessary. 
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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Culture Cancel: COVID-19 Nixes Local Events

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 5:42 PM

The old theater adage is that the show must go on. But this time it may have to go on a bit later. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and California Department of Public Health recommendations on social distancing to slow and reduce the spread of the virus, events are canceling left and right.
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  • Shutterstock
North Coast Repertory Theatre has postponed this weekend's Hamlet opening along with the rest of its season and Redwood Curtain Theatre has canceled the final three shows of Bloomsday Thursday through Saturday. The Eureka Theater, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Humboldt State University Center Activities, Humboldt Brews and Arts! Arcata have all canceled events through the end of March.

The Journal will be updating its online event calendar as information comes in. If you're an event organizer, email calendar@northcoastjournal.com to let us know about any changes in plans.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Looks in the Lobby: Photos from Oscar Night in Eureka

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 4:49 PM

How did you do on your Oscar pool? At the Eureka Theater and Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission's red carpet night, smart predictions (and luck with the raffle) won folks chocolate Oscars. But the real competition was in the lobby, where volunteers served drinks, Michael Dayvid served tunes and attendees served looks. 
Jessica King, Carly Robbins and Klark Swan dressed for an action movie we would absolutely watch. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
  • Photo by Zach Lathouris
  • Jessica King, Carly Robbins and Klark Swan dressed for an action movie we would absolutely watch.
NCJ photographer Zach Lathouris caught some of their shine in the slideshow below. Gawk along with us at the evening's fashion moments.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Donate to Toys for Tots and see 'Red Tails' for Free on Veterans Day

Posted By on Sat, Nov 9, 2019 at 5:39 PM

Wondering what to do with your Veterans Day? How about a night at the movies honoring those who've served while helping kids in need? At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, the Eureka Theater is joining up with Toys for Tots to show Red Tails (2012), the World War II action drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-African American fighter pilot squadron that fought in the European theater. And you can get in for free. Just bring a new toy to donate to help local children in need and you're good. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the bar will be serving beer, wine and the usual candy and popcorn, all benefitting the Eureka Theater's restoration. (Look at you supporting another good cause.)
RED TAILS
  • Red Tails
Directed by Anthony Hemingway, it stars Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, Leslie Odom Jr., Andre Royo and Michael B. Jordan. Check out the preview below and decide if you need to bring tissues. (Spoiler: You will.)

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Geeking Out: Photos from Ohana Comic Con

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 5:02 PM

The second annual Ohana Comic Con in the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino Hotel welcomed hundreds of attendees on Saturday, despite the power outages elsewhere. Lights were on thanks to the micro-grid electricity generating system in place. The family-friendly, two-day event surged with the superpowers of costumed adults and children as they shopped at vendors, played board and video games, and participated in a costume contest. The event also featured make-up demonstrations (think scary clowns and evil nuns) and panel conversations with two celebrities from the movie world. Check out the highlights in the slideshow below.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Wookiee Here

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 4:33 PM

STAR WARS
  • Star Wars

Magic Mirror, on the wall, what’s the best Star Wars of all? Answer: Episode IV or V. (That’s Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back to us first-run ticket holders) That’s it. The only two contenders in this debate. Sabers down. Discuss amongst yourselves. And if you need a refresher, both sequel-spawning space fantasies are playing this weekend at the Eureka Theater. So, slip into your hooded Jedi-robe, clear your throat (or don’t) for your best Wookiee howl and get ready to mouth trumpet John Williams’ iconic score along with the rest of the crowd during the opening crawl.

“The film that started it all in a galaxy far, far away.” Follow the Force to Fourth Friday Flix: Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope screening Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Eureka Theater ($8). The good folks at the theater tell us the Cantina will be open at 6:30 p.m. for galactic cocktails. And, I wasn’t kidding about that Jedi-robe, cosplayers and costumes welcome.

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