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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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Michael Howell
May. 8th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
Jonathan Sumption
Have you by chance read Jonathan Sumption's history of the Hundred Years War?
May. 8th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Jonathan Sumption
No. Should I?
Re: Jonathan Sumption - Michael Howell - May. 9th, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 8th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
It's a shame old theaters are no longer "cost effective" because they used to have the best ambiance and show the best movies. I remember taking a trip through seattle when I was a kid and watched TRON on the big screen in a famous theater up there. Can't remember the name, but the decor and tone it set for the movie has stuck with me these many years later (maybe more than the film!).

Just out of curiosity, GM. Is there any one particular actor/character in the TV series that perfectly embodies the character you envisioned while writing them? I think the casting is amazing, but does one stand out more than any other?
Bryon Blofstein
May. 9th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
Going to Bubonicon in August! I Hope the theater is open that week.
I'm taking my first trip to Bubonicon in August. If the theater is open I would love to trek from Albuquerque to Santa Fe for a visit to the theater. It won't be out of the way since I also will be visiting Durango CO.
May. 9th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Going to Bubonicon in August! I Hope the theater is open that week.
I do hope to be open before Bubonicon, but nothing is certain yet. Still a lot of work to do. Watch this space.
May. 9th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
thanks grrm
santa fe thanks you George, looking forward to years of viewing pleasure at the Cocteau!
May. 10th, 2013 01:13 am (UTC)
Nicely done!
It's wonderful that you've rescued this establishment. I've often dreamed of running an art-house theater... it's one of those "if I won the lottery" type of fantasies.

I do hope that you'll support your area's independent filmmakers and artists. We have oane locally-owned cinema (10 screens) in my hometown and they were kind enough to screen my first short film ahead of a much larger budgeted independent feature. It meant so much to me to feel supported by my community.

Either way, good luck with your new endeavor!
Nathaniel Patrick Kelly
May. 10th, 2013 02:42 am (UTC)
Hey George Congrats on the purchase! I'm a flooring contractor and even though I probably couldn't do anything as far as actually labor I could at least give you any knowledge I possess to help you keep the cost down or allow you to purchase the material at cost! Let me know if I can help! Good luck with the purchase!
May. 10th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on fulfilling your dreams. I hope you enjoy operating a movie theater and do cool things with it.
Chad Wood
May. 10th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
I'm driving across country this summer from West Virginia to Riverside County CA. If the Jean Cocteau is open by that time, I may have to make a detour. Congratulations George. Also, I loved that you said "my wife and my minions."
May. 10th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Jean Cocteau
If I may interject here, with a comment about the theatre. Tear the puppy down and build a parking lot dedicated to Billy The Kid. A true homage: open space, a modern-day frontier catering to travellers and, perhaps, adventurers. Reserve three parking spaces where buskers are invited to reenact Billy's final moments at the hands of Pat Garrett. It's what Jean would've wanted.
May. 10th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
Horay!! It's so wonderful and exciting! I CAN NOT WAIT to go see a movie there! ..and especially have some parmesan on my popcorn - I have never had that before! ..yet another way GRRM enriches my life. xox
May. 11th, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
Are you going to rename the theater or leave it as it is?
Just wondering if you would like to keep the name for nostalgia or/and other things or rather change it to make it more fitting for the theater's new, expanded, purpose.
May. 11th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Are you going to rename the theater or leave it as it is?
No, the name stays. That's the name the theatre has been known for since 1984, would not feel right to change it.
Matt Winberry
May. 12th, 2013 05:14 am (UTC)
This is the coolest thing ever!
Great work, sir! If I ever find myself in Santa Fe, I now know where I will be going.
Brittany Miller
May. 12th, 2013 09:01 am (UTC)
More praise
Thank you for your contributions, Mr Martin. It's uplifting to see iconic establishments/traditions from our past live on and enrich the community.
Eleanor Hutterer
May. 13th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
Jean cocteau
Hi George,
I'm a big fan of Game of Thrones and also a Santa Fe native. I just want to toss you an idea - how about making the theater an over 21 beer and pizza theater? Portland Oregon is full of them and they are great! Just wanted to put that out there. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the space.
May. 13th, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Jean cocteau
That's our hope. Lots of hoops to jump through, though.
Re: Jean cocteau - Eleanor Hutterer - May. 23rd, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
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