Cinema

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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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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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Be a Warrior: A Seventh Grade Girl of Color Reviews A Wrinkle in Time

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 7:00 AM

A WRINKLE IN TIME
  • A Wrinkle in Time

Last Wednesday night I had an opportunity to "Tesser" into Meg Murry's magical world when I saw Ava DuVernay's new film A Wrinkle in Time at the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission's local premiere. The film follows 13-year-old Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace and friend Calvin, accompanied by the three Misses: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, across the universe on a hunt to find Meg's father, a physicist whose passion was to travel through time and space, and who is trapped on the dark evil planet called Camazotz. I have been excited to see this film since the day my mother and I drove past Sequoia Park during the film's shooting. The costumes and makeup of the three Misses, as well as the colorful journey these kids take is amazing; it was great to see it all come to life on the big screen.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Oscar-worthy

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 7:41 PM

Danielle Tellez and her father Tom Tellez, president of the Eureka Theater board went full Hollywood glamour. - PHOTO BY SAM ARMANINO
  • Photo by Sam Armanino
  • Danielle Tellez and her father Tom Tellez, president of the Eureka Theater board went full Hollywood glamour.

Way north of the Academy Awards ceremonies in Hollywood, Humboldt hosted its own glittery evening as the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and the Eureka Theater rolled out the red carpet for an Oscar viewing party and celebration of local filming.

The swells showed up in tuxes and tulle, furs and fedoras, to sip cocktails in the lobby, serenaded by musician Michael Dayvid. Then everyone filed inside to watch the awards on the big screen, applauding, commenting and cringing together in the darkened 1939 theater. Pour yourself a little bubbly and bask in the the glamour of the slideshow below.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Out in the Woods with Primal Rage's Bigfoot

Posted By on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 8:05 PM

Co-producer Edward Olson hanging out in the Humboldt woods with Bigfoot. - COURTESY OF EDWARD OLSON
  • Courtesy of Edward Olson
  • Co-producer Edward Olson hanging out in the Humboldt woods with Bigfoot.
If you brave tomorrow night's North Coast premier of Primal Rage at the Eureka Theater, you might see a familiar face. No, not the shadowy figure from the Patterson-Gimlin film — Edward Olson, a Eureka High School alum and co-producer of the new Bigfoot feature, which is set for release nationwide on some 500 screens via Fathom Events, including the Minor Theater in Arcata.

Olson, a theater kid back in his Logger days, has been making a living in and around seemingly every part of the film industry in Los Angeles: writing and producing his own short films, working as an assistant cameraman and an extra, and making featurettes for movies. Everything except sound, he says. "Actually," he adds with a laugh, "thats not true, I was a boom operator once!" It's a broad resume that came in handy on the Primal Rage shoot, with a crew of fewer than a dozen doubling and tripling up on duties. Olson wound up taking on far more production responsibilities on site, "which is why, eventually, I was promoted up to co-producer," he says.


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Friday, February 2, 2018

Bigfoot on the Big Screen

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 3:31 PM

FROM THE PRIMAL RAGE TRAILER
  • From the Primal Rage trailer

If you saw a film crew, a hairy suit and a lot of bare abs in the woods between 2015 and 2016, it may have been the cast and crew of Primal Rage, a Hollywood feature film about our local cryptozoological hero, Bigfoot. The movie, directed by Patrick Magee and starring Casey Gagliardi and Andrew Joseph Montgomery, opens at the end of this month. But locals will get a peek at the R-rated horror at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 at a North Coast premier at the Eureka Theater ($10). The screening will benefit the restoration of the theater and be introduced by one of the Sasquatch flick's producers, local boy Edward Olson, Eureka High School's class of 1987. (Go, Loggers!) Expect to see plenty of familiar forest since, according to the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission press release, filming primarily took place at the Palmer Westbrook Ranch on the Smith River, which is also featured in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Check out the trailer below and tell us if you're feeling the Primal Rage.

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