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Seven Days And Counting...

 We're down to seven days till the grand re-opening of the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.

[That sound you just heard was me gulping.  Work is proceeding apace, but there's still a lot to do, and that opening is bearing down on us like a damned locomotive.  I need to whip my minions harder.]

First up, the classic 1956 MGM big budget SF classic, FORBIDDEN PLANET.

Tickets for FORBIDDEN PLANET... and Jean Cocteau's ORPHEUS and John Carpenter's DARK STAR, our other featured attraction... will all be FREE, but they're going fast, especially for opening night.  If you're in Santa Fe, drop by the box office and get yours now.

Oh, and we also hope to have signed copies of some of my books for sale at the theatre... and maybe other cool stuff as well.


Aug. 2nd, 2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
Never whip the minions - just blame the one you like least (or the one you can't keep anyway)have him disappear and you've really motivated the rest without slowing them down at all.
Aug. 2nd, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
Have fun at the cinema, sir. I'm still overjoyed with the signed Dutch copies of Storm of Swords. :-)
Aug. 2nd, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
Jean Cocteau
I wish I could be there to go to it! I wish I could be there to have applied to work there. I got mad skills when it comes to movies and shit. ;)
But, honestly, this is NOT a criticism, just a thought really....maybe kind of corny, but I'd have shown, JC's La Belle e la Bete as my grand opening retro classic film of The Jean Cocteau Theater restoration Project.

I've seen that masterpiece too many times to count but one of my most memorable (kind of life effecting) Film experiences was when I saw it at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) circa 1995, Audio dialog replaced with a live Operetta composed and conducted by Philip Glass. It gives me goose bumps thinking about it. I get emotional about Art that effects me so deeply and that was one of the rare times it did.

Not to be a flatterer, but reading parts of ASOIAF has given me that experience as well. Art is perfect in it's imperfections and nuances indeed.

Break a Leg George. Hope you and Parris find great satisfaction and happiness in this wonderful endeavor!

may 1000 winds of fortune bring you to success.

Edited at 2013-08-02 03:55 pm (UTC)
Aug. 2nd, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Jean Cocteau
we wanted to show La Belle e la Bete but the film has been pulled from distribution IIRC for a restoration and re-release in the future.

thanks for the kind wishes, we're having fun planning films and events, now we just hope that people will come and enjoy the popcorn and the films we'll be showing.
Aug. 9th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Jean Cocteau
It just dawned on me....how COOL is that going to be when they re-release La Belle e la Bete!? I have NO doubt you guys will get access to show it very quickly. I'm dreaming of being there....who knows...I'd love to do a road trip with our dogs from NY-Santa Fe. A HS Bestie of mine lives there and I still need to visit her.
Aug. 2nd, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Hope it goes well George! Looking forward to seeing which films the theatre can get a hold of. The original versions of the Star Wars Trilogy (if possible) would be a cool addition. Living in Canada, it is far for me. Should i ever make it to Santa Fe, I'll check out a movie there.
Aug. 2nd, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Keen choice for a premiere show, to you ser off is my Hat. But free? You could easily charge one hundred simoleons and your fans would happily pay it, just to support your noble efforts at restoring a vintage theater. You are certainly not our biznotch, but we are yours when it comes to great historical restoration projects like this.

On another note... would love to see The Room playing here one day, would be great to go all out with Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero at the screening. What I found so amazing and lovable about Tommy is he has no idea the fans are laughing at him and that his movie is not the cinematic masterpiece that he thinks it is. Talk about being out of touch!
Katherine Almonte
Aug. 2nd, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
Will you ever consider to produce a modest independent movie of your work with donated money?

ps... congratulations! sad, I can't go.. from PA
Aug. 2nd, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
Wow! This sounds amazing. I will definitely check this theater out when I am in Santa Fe. Well done, Mr. Martin.
Tanto Ten
Aug. 2nd, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
Whip your minions...
...that will show them...

Deadline is a word, you...minions.

Aug. 2nd, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
I swung by there last month to check progress, and everyone seemed hard at work. Cant wait to see it up and running!

- Jared
Bruce Warnsby
Aug. 2nd, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
I'm Watching forbidden Planet for the first time tonight quite excited
Ray Feighery
Aug. 2nd, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
Congratulations George & Paris! I love to see old movie houses restored and giving back to the community! I was raised to give back (Served in USCG and have fund raised for 5th Ave and Paramount Theaters in Seattle as well as CBLDF and Hero Initiative at multiple conventions)
Aug. 2nd, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Break a leg.
Quite an exciting (and worthwhile) endeavor. The vintage theater in my burg opens up the 2nd floor balcony on weekends when the Mighty Wurlitzer plays. Ya'll should get a Wurlitzer.
Steve Capizzi
Aug. 3rd, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
will work for popcorn
I'd love to make a road trip from Los Angeles to the re-opening, Mr. Martin. Hearing you talk about the popcorn in an interview makes me really want to try it. I'm sure the movies will be fun too.

Is volunteer work welcome?
Aug. 3rd, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
Re: will work for popcorn
Volunteers man the other two small theatres in town, the CCA and the Screen, but those of those are non-profits. We're not, so we will be paying all our employees.

But you'd be welcome to come try the popcorn, any time.
Steve Capizzi
Aug. 3rd, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: will work for popcorn
Travel through an enchanted land to visit a historical theater, watch a retro SF dark comedy, and snack on popcorn endorsed by a Hugo-award winning author? I'll be there.
Aug. 3rd, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'll eat the popcorn.
Rockin, pop me some corn and concession goodies and everything else. I may have to plan a roadtrip or two.
Çağrı Akkuş
Aug. 3rd, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
Hi George !
I want to ask you a question. I know this isn't the place but I'm really curious;

While in Qarth, Quaithe touched to Dany's hand and her hand is tingled ?!
What happened in this scene ? Will we ever find out this in the books ?
Aug. 3rd, 2013 05:20 am (UTC)
Not another fan
Hello Mr. Martin, I just wanted to thank you for your AMAZING work, specially for (yes, I promise I will read your other books too) A Song of Ice and Fire. I'm starting a degree on Philosophy and I really wish I can write my tesis about some of your work. It's such a big inspiration. You are the best writer ever. I said (and don't pretend you are not!) THANK YOU again.

PD: I don't care how many time it takes you to write a book, it will be so damn worth.
Aug. 3rd, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
Cinema Preparations
I would have loved to be able to lend a hand in any custom carpentry and or custom painting!
Aug. 5th, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
killer place to show Giants games...
Would be a killer place to show Giants games on the big screens... Then again you are in the southwest. With all those rabid Arizona Cardinal fans, not sure Giants games would be appreciated.

I actually went to the Cardinals last game in St. Louis. Not many people cared when they left. I only went because the Giants were in town.


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