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Buying a Cinema

For those of you interested in following my Adventures in the Screen Trade, the SANTA FE REPORTER has uploaded a short clip from the press conference wherein I announced my purchase of "Santa Fe's most beloved movie theatre," the Jean Cocteau.

FYI, there was a lot more to the press conference than that. Most notably, I announced the hiring of Jon Bowman, the founder and former director of the Santa Fe Film Festival, who will be managing the Cocteau. Jon is already hard at work. We hope to reopen the theatre this summer. Besides an eclectic menu of films both old and new, we also plan to have midnight movies and children's matinees, and some very special events, including music, comedy, and author readings.


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May. 7th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
GoT marathons?
How about Game of Thrones screenings? I'd love for my local theater to screen the show.
May. 7th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
I like the time spent talking about Parmesan Cheese on popcorn. Please make it official here for your loyal fans and announce that you will be able to get Parmesan Cheese as a topping once more when the theater reopens.

May. 7th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
I LOVE that you're doing this, George. There's nothing sadder than old, beloved movie theaters closing. <3 It makes me so happy when clever people snap them up and show a mix of old and new and creative programming. We have one in KC called the Tivoli and it's one of our city's jewels.

May. 7th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
Congrats George!! I have a feeling that this theater will be in good hands, like when Treebeard takes over Isengard.
May. 8th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
I will definitely take my family and visit the theater once it opens. Well unless it is GOT screenings. Have to leave the kids at home for that.
May. 8th, 2013 05:25 am (UTC)
Keep us posted! I will definitely sign up for the email list. I live in LA, but there's rapidly becoming several reasons to make a pilgrimage to New Mexico--the Cocteau, Breaking Bad sets...
Kyle Elzy
May. 8th, 2013 06:04 am (UTC)
Congrats! I really really love old movie theaters; wish there was something like that in Louisville (well there is, but they use it for concerts more than for screening old/lesser-known films). I'm gonna try to remember the Cocteau, in case I'm ever in Arizona.
May. 8th, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
Being in Arizona won't help. The theatre is in New Mexico.
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May. 8th, 2013 06:31 am (UTC)
I live on the other side of the planet and am fairly unlikely to ever make it to Santa Fe and yet this just keeps making me so happy! Yay!
May. 8th, 2013 09:13 am (UTC)
the Jean Cocteau
Glad to see your breathing new life into the Jean Cocteau. A beautiful local theater built in 1927 "The Poncan Theater" was saved by community efforts here. Having been placed on National Register of Historic Places may have helped save it from demise. It has been beautifully restored and now when I buy my tickets I recall that my mother's first job was a ticket taker when "Gone with the Wind" was in it's original 1939 run. They have a nice website including the history, pics and restoration efforts.
May. 8th, 2013 11:29 am (UTC)
Great news about the movie house! Of course, Santa Fe is even farther away than our "local" picture house in Campbeltown, so we won't benefit from this, but....what a wonderful thing to do!
Bernhard Vienna
May. 8th, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, Game of Thrones screenings!
Yes, all cinemas should do Game of Thrones screenings!

If they bring every new episodes to cinemas, they would have more money for big battles. Just saying ...
May. 8th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
Love the Dylan Thomas reference.
Does your own book, The Skin Trade, derive inspiration from Adventures in the Skin Trade? Pretty sure there were no Werewolves in Dylan's... I have always wondered if there was a connection though.
May. 8th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Love the Dylan Thomas reference.
Yes, certainly.

Edited at 2013-05-08 05:27 pm (UTC)
May. 8th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Great news!
I've been bummed out since the theater closed; watching it sit empty for so long has been quite a drag. Thanks for investing in one of Santa Fe's treasures -- I'll certainly do my part to make it worth your while!

(Esp. with the popcorn. I've missed the popcorn.)
May. 8th, 2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
Will the Jean Cocteau be set up for digital projection only, or will it be equipped for 35mm projection as well?
May. 8th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
We will do both. The old 35mm projectors are still in place and working fine, with years more life left in them... but fewer and fewer films are being released on actual film, so we need digital as well.
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Eric De Bruin
May. 8th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
So this Parmesan cheese . . is it actual shredded cheese or the crumbly stuff that comes in a green bottle at the grocery store?
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