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Eleven Days and Counting . . .

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. . . until the Grand Re-Opening of the Jean Cocteau Cinema, the movie theatre I bought a few months back in a fit of madness.

We've been busily refurbishing the theatre all that time.  As late as a week ago, it looked as if a bomb had gone off in the lobby, and I was having a nervous breakdown.  Things have finally started to come together, however, and my contractor (the amazing Marshall Thompson of Constructive Assets) and my manager (the astonishing Jon Bowman, founder of the Santa Fe Film Festival) both assure me that we will indeed be ready come the day.  I certainly hope so.  We've kept the theatre's wonderful old marquee, after replacing the old fluorescents with brighter LEDs, and the auditorium is more or less the same (though we've installed some wheelchair seating), but the lobby and concessions area has a bold new look, designed by the wonderfully talented Jayne Franck.  Assuming our chairs and tables arrive on time, it should be spectacular...

The Jean Cocteau has been dark for seven years, since Trans-Lux closed all its theatres in April, 2006.  To celebrate our return to life, and let the Santa Fe film-going community know that we're back, admission will be FREE to all shows during our first week.

FREE!  FREE!!  FREE!!!

We open on Friday, August 9, with two classic feature films: ORPHEUS, by Jean Cocteau, for whom our cinema is named, and FORBIDDEN PLANET, the classic MGM big-budget SF movie from 1956, which IMNSHO remains the best science fiction film ever made.

Both of them will be shown on our brand new (slightly larger and definitely brighter) screen, with our brand new digital projector(an NEC 900 Digital Projection System and Integrated Media Server) and our brand new upgraded sound system (Dolby Digital Surround Sound Processor CP650), so the picture quality and sound should be better than ever.

We will also be offering pizza, pastries, and the best popcorn in town (with parmesan) from our new art deco concession counter.

(No, the food and drink won't be free, that's just admission).

And we have some cool SURPRISES in store for that first week as well.  So those of you in Santa Fe... or Albuquerque... or, hell, anywhere in driving distance, should make of point of turning up for our Grand Opening Week to see the new improved Jean Cocteau.

More on all this in the weeks to come.  Meanwhile, our website is just up, so take a look.  Be advised, website construction is still in progress, so a lot of our features are not working yet... but you can check out the general design, and get a peek at the posters for some of the films we've got booked for the weeks and months to come.

http://www.jeancocteaucinema.com/

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sakuraberries
Jul. 30th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
This sounds so exciting; I wish I could be there for the grand opening. I wish I didn't live in New York.
Bob Grahn
Jul. 30th, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
I am so thrilled, and bummed I will be out of town that week. Looking forward to attending on my return. As an aside, thanks for giving me an appreciation of heraldry through your work. It's brought a whole new aspect to visits to the plaza during fiesta week, where the shields of the founding families of Santa Fe are on display. Searched for, but couldn't find a source which explains them all except for looking at the individual families online. Surprising. Thanks again for buying and reopening my favorite theater ever!
smofbabe
Jul. 30th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Mazal tov!!! So glad this is on schedule for completion. It is a Good Work you have done here, making a dark theater live again. Best of luck for the opening!
xraytheenforcer
Jul. 30th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
Dammit! We're not going to be in the country for the grand opening. :(

But I am so stoked for you guys. What a great project, all around.
thefirstalicat
Jul. 30th, 2013 02:40 am (UTC)
Ah! Meant to write when you first said you were buying this cinema, and now I finally will: I hope you don't know, but will come to know, the books of Loren D. Estleman, where his character Valentino - film detective based in LA - not only finds lost footage of Golden Age cinema to restore it at UCLA, but also has bought a defunct, decrepit cinema house and has been painstakingly restoring it through 3 novels ("Alone," "Frames" and "Alive!" - guess the films the titles reference {g}) and numerous short stories mostly published in EQMM. You, Mr. Martin, are turning his fiction into reality; I just point this out in case you don't already know about these stories, and how wonderful is that?!
w2irt
Jul. 30th, 2013 04:34 am (UTC)
Congrats on the grand opening! As a former projectionist and sound technician, and avid cinephile, I sure wish I could be out there to share in this magnificent experience. Even at 52 years old, the young kid in me is still as excited as ever as the houselights dim and the first images hit the opening curtains.

From a technical standpoint I sure hope you've also retained some 35mm capabilities in addition to the NEC. In a few years seeing a projected 35mm print will be as rare a treat as catching a 70mm print was in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones first run era.

May the magic never end--despite the current dearth of quality "mainstream" motion pictures.
paladin677
Jul. 30th, 2013 05:01 am (UTC)
I may have to drive up to Santa Fe and catch Forbidden Planet. I could watch that movie over and over again and never get tired of it.
ac_sky_dc
Jul. 30th, 2013 05:20 am (UTC)
benefits for tourist in the country
I'd like to know what I'll get if I do the whole trip from Venezuela to Santa Fe =)
wynobelly
Jul. 30th, 2013 06:26 am (UTC)
can't wait
so so excited for this. i'm sad my wife will be out of town but i will be there hopefully with some friends. thank you grrm for reviving the jean cocteau. santa fe needs it.
Colty Harrison
Jul. 30th, 2013 07:02 am (UTC)
:D
That's awesome! It sounds like such an amazing place! I live in LA, and even though it is the city of cinema, it really lacks in places like this. Next time I'm in NM I'll definitely try and make a trip to see it
grrm
Jul. 30th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: :D
LA has some amazing theatres, though. Grauman's Chinese, the Egyptian, the Cinerama Dome, the various Westwood palaces... and the Los Angeles. Ever seen that one?
tsgeisel
Jul. 30th, 2013 07:36 am (UTC)
Congratulations!

Any plans to show The Rocky Horror Picture Show? It's a staple for many independent theaters (in some cases the biggest moneymaker).
mizkit
Jul. 30th, 2013 08:33 am (UTC)
Oh, you are SO COOL. OMG, I wish I could come to Santa Fe and watch FORBIDDEN PLANET for free on a big screen! I mean, okay, not that it would be even vaguely free if I had to fly from Ireland, but you are so cool! :)
grrm
Jul. 30th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
Well, a middle-sized screen, anyway.
nestdweller
Jul. 30th, 2013 08:50 am (UTC)
Sounds like you've hired some crackerjack staff to handle things for the reopening. Well done!
gracht
Jul. 30th, 2013 09:26 am (UTC)
Break a leg! So jealous of anyone living within 300 miles of Santa Fe.
Completely irrelevant, niggling query: In Europe you can't say Parmesan unless its the real deal, i.e. from Parma, Italy. It's the law. So, does anyone know, will it be Parmagiano Reggiano? And, if so, is it grated fresh over the popcorn or in a sauce or what? Can't make Santa Fe but would like to recreate the house special, as a big fan of 'Parmagiano Reggiano' & Ser Martin both). Hotpie would approve. Can we buy it online?
bfly
Jul. 30th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
That is so exciting! If we were still in Albuquerque instead of far away in Austin, I'd be planning a drive up there to see Forbidden Planet.
cyberalien
Jul. 30th, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
In spirit...
Wish I could make the long drive to help celebrate your Grand Opening! Sounds fun. Best wishes on a successful endeavor.
Sean Hall
Aug. 1st, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
Good time to have moved to Santa Fe.
Alright! My wife and I just moved to Santa Fe from Austin a month ago. We freakin' loved the Alamo Drafthouse, but it sounds like your theater will be a nice replacement. Can't wait to try your popcorn.

Do you foresee opening night being super crowded? If we want to go, should we get there really early?
grrm
Aug. 2nd, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Good time to have moved to Santa Fe.
Yes, we're expecting a large crowd opening night.

('Large' being a relative term here. The Cocteau only has 120 seats).

Tickets for FORBIDDEN PLANET are almost all gone. If you want one, swing by the theatre now and pick one up. We should have seats for ORPHEUS later that night, however, and for our midnight show, DARK STAR.
ubernerd83
Aug. 2nd, 2013 07:55 am (UTC)
My partner and I were just in Santa Fe for a wedding, and I'm sad we just missed the opening of the theater! It would have been nice to relive some of the memories of going to the Artcraft, a theater I remember being very beautiful in Franklin, Indiana. (Sadly, it was less beautiful the last time I visited.)

Speaking of Santa Fe, though...how do residents navigate around that place at all? I feel like I actually know LESS about the city's geography after spending a few days driving around there...
grrm
Aug. 2nd, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Santa Fe was laid out by a drunken burro.

We like it that way.
Mary Ellen Wofford
Aug. 2nd, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
What a grand week it will be!

Too bad north Florida is so far from there.
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