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TREND on the Cocteau

New Mexico's TREND magazine has a nice feature on the reborn Jean Cocteau Cinema in this month's issue.

You can check out the article (and some cool pictures) on line at http://issuu.com/trendmagazineglobal/docs/trend_v14-2_web/46

TREND is an architecture and style magazine, so understandably they gave a lot of ink to the architect who designed the original interior when the Collective Fantasy was reborn as the Cocteau in 1984.  That was well deserved.  I do wish, however, that they had also mentioned Jayne Franck, who did the redesign of our cafe area, including a wonderful reimagining of the concessions area with our stunning glass brick candy counter.  Jayne is off studying in Cambridge England just now, but she deserves a hand of applause so loud it could be heard even across oceans.

Still, a nice piece... it's great to know the theatre is still so beloved by the Santa Fe community.

This week, by the way, we are helping to host the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (along with the Lensic, the CCA, and the Screen), one of Santa Fe's two major film fests.  A great lineup of movies is on offer.  If you're around, come, support the festival, see some movies.

In between the festival entries, we're also running two great fun fantasy/ horror films, one old and one very new: a newly restored and director approved print of the British classic THE WICKER MAN (with Edward Woodward, not Nicholas Cage, thank you), and the movie that the Mouse does not want you to see, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW.

Here's a taste:

See you at the movies!


Tracy Semonik
Oct. 20th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
the popcorn
OK, after reading the article, for me, one huge question abounds: what was it about the popcorn that was gourmet that you intend to recreate? I'm not going to pretend I'm an expert on the subject, but I am a huge fan of movie theater popcorn, to the point I'm sure many affliction-sufferers are, where I will enter a theater just for the popcorn and take it home where I watch whatever I please. I'm a fan of the fluffy, unsalted white type with just the right amount of added salt and butter flavoured "goo", as opposed to the dry, deflated yellow salty variety you can buy at Kmart or Target while mom shops. My dad doesn't like any popcorn that isn't sweet, so I've dabbled in flavoring air-popped types at home, varieties like butter pecan and spicy thai peanut. I've recently received a tasty-sounding marshmallow popcorn recipe that I will undoubtedly try next. I've never been able to recreate the pink "candy corn" beloved by my father in his childhood, however. I'd love to hear more about this gourmet popcorn that you intend to bring back!
Oct. 20th, 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
There are a number of factors that go into good popcorn.

To start with, there's the corn itself. Some varities are much better than others. We used an organic popping corn grown by the Amish and shipped out from the midwest.

There's the oil you pop it in. Air popped is great, but they don't make air poppers big enough for theatres. The multiplexes mostly use coconut oil, the cheapest, nastiest of the choices. Not healthy, and not tasty either. We use sunflower oil. (Safflower oil and canola oil are good choices too, better than coconut, but we prefer sunflower. Olive oil is also good, but has a distinctive taste that some people do not like).

Then there is the butter. No, not "goo," not "Golden Flavor," not that permanently liquid yellow grease you get at the multiplex. Even margarine need not apply. We use REAL butter.

Lastly, the extra toppings. We offer parmesan cheese, brewer's yeast, cinnamon-sugar, chile powder, garlic salt, and sea salt. Use as much or as little as you like. No extra charge.

Add it all up: best popcorn in town, no contest. Then and now.
Kerie Anisimova
Oct. 20th, 2013 06:45 am (UTC)
Sounds so tasty
You could open a very good restaurant!
Tracy Semonik
Oct. 21st, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
Well, I'm from Pittsburgh, and while I did know the Amish make great baked goods and deli meats/cheese, I was unaware of their popping corn. The next gastronomical tour "back home" will have to include finding it.

And EVERYONE hates that I'm a fan of this one specific butter-flavoured "goo". I could write a dissertation on why I like it, but I won't.
Oct. 20th, 2013 04:05 am (UTC)
I saw The Wicker Man once, a couple years after it was released. (The showing was introduced by Robin Hardy, so it must have been the best print available at the time.) I have never seen it since, but I have never forgotten a moment of it.
Oct. 20th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
NM has been added to my dream USA tour because of Breaking Bad, but a visit to Santa Fe is mandatory because of the Jean Cocteau and you :-)
Tracy Semonik
Oct. 21st, 2013 06:27 am (UTC)
redcountess, your dream USA tour sounds fun and I bet it'll be packed, but can I make a suggestion? Find your local independent theater, like them on social media, and give them a visit! After I started reading about the Jean Cocteau on grrm's site, I found mine and started attending. I've been to quote-alongs (Monty Python, Princess Bride), sing-alongs (Grease, Mama Mia) and costume events, made new friends and gained a new hang out. My Retro Dome shows new films, too. This is coming not from a nag, nor from one who is quick to take up a cause- I'm more of a vote with my checkbook kinda person, who shops mom and pops to help keep them open. I thought the idea of supporting local indies was a good one and, well, yeah, I guess that's all I have to say about that.
Oct. 21st, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Oct. 20th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
I saw Escape from Tomorrow here in Seattle last week. It's sort of David Lynch meets Snow White in the Twilight Zone. Definitely worth the trip if you're into The Weird. Is it really the Movie the Mouse Doesn't Want You to See? Apparently they haven't made any legal moves on it at all; the press reports that they've been uncharacteristically quiet about the whole affair. They may not want us to see it, but they don't feel like they're in much of a position to do anything about it either--which I find really interesting. And another reason to see the film. It's not perfect, but it's not perfect is some really interesting ways.
Oct. 21st, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
The Wickerman is one of my top 5 favorite horror flicks. It's also a movie that I have a lot of trouble getting people to watch for some reason.

Really wish I lived in Santa Fe right now!


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