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Winter Is Coming...

... to Santa Fe, and the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

The fourth season of GAME OF THRONES is only a few months away.  Tyrion, Jon, Arya, Sansa, the Hound, Joffrey, Cersei, Jaime, Brienne, Bronn, Sam, Daenerys, and all the rest of the characters you love or hate will be returning to your TV screens... oh, along about late March or early April, I'd say.  So what time could be better to refresh yourselves on the first three seasons of the show?

So, by special arrangement with HBO, the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe will be presenting a GAME OF THRONES retrospective.  New Mexicans -- and lucky tourists passing through at the right time -- will have a chance to see the show the way only VIPs and cast members and critics have ever seen it before, at private screenings and premieres -- on the big screen at a movie theatre.

Starting on Monday, January 6, and continuing through late March, the Cocteau will be presenting weekly screenings of GAME OF THRONES, in order.  Some weeks we'll show two episodes, some weeks three.   I expect to be on hand personally for many of the screenings (though, PLEASE NOTE, probably not all), to introduce the episodes beforehand, answer questions afterward, and sign a few books as well.   And it may be we will have some other special guests as well, either in person or via Skype.  Can't promise anything as of yet, but we're working on it.

Our official screening schedule looks like this:

Monday, January 6           season one, episodes 1-3,
Monday, January 13         season one, episodes 4-5,
Monday, January 20         season one, episodes 6-8,
Monday, January 27         season one, episodes 9-10,
Monday, February 3              season two, episodes 1-3,
Wednesday, February 12      season two, episodes 4-5,
Wednesday, February 19      season two, episodes 6-8,
Friday, February 28          season two, episodes 9-10,
Monday, March 3              season three, episodes 1-3,
Monday, March 10            season three, episodes 4-5,
Monday, March 17            season three, episodes 6-8,
Monday, March 24            season three, episodes 9-10

And I have saved the best part for last.

Admission to all GAME OF THRONES screenings will be ABSOLUTELY FREE.

No tickets, no passes, no payment required.  First come, first served.  Come to the Cocteau and come on in... so long as we have seats.  But we only have 125 of those, so best come early if you want to be sure of a place.

We'll have door prizes as well.  Not to mention the best popcorn in town.

See you at the cinema, for GAME OF THRONES as you've never seen it before.


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Duflot Nicolas
Dec. 20th, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)
Off topic but i think you may like it.
Sir, you have fans :)

www dot dorkly dot com/comic/57684/im-dreaming-of-a-red-christmas

Enjoy :)
Dec. 20th, 2013 10:09 am (UTC)
Oh, I was *hoping* you'd be able to arrange this! Not that it's relevant to me, because I don't see making it from Ireland to New Mexico any time soon, but I really, really hoped it would happen anyway! That's *wonderful*!
Dec. 20th, 2013 10:14 am (UTC)
That is some top-tier propaganda right there, sir. Makes me wish most of the continent wasn't in my way of attending.

*mutters darkly, rends clothing, etc*

I don't suppose the events will have photographs posted (here, on the Cocteau's site, etc) after the fact, for vicarious enjoyment?
Mary Ellen Wofford
Dec. 20th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)

Man, oh man, wish I was there.

Dec. 20th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
Never wanted to be an American well (New mexican I guess) so badly as now :D This is beyond awesome. Not only this project. I love the whole thing you're doing with this cinema. I want something like that in my hometown. Selected movies, great events with authors. It's amazing. Want to buy my own cinema now haha. Imo this was really a good investment on your behalf.
Ian Wait Forit Bradshaw
Dec. 21st, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
New Mexico is in America....
(no subject) - hummelchen3 - Dec. 21st, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 20th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
My husband and I were lucky enough to get tickets for a Time Warner/HBO showing of the first episode of season three on the big screen. I remember leaving the theater and thinking that I would absolutely love to watch every episode that way.

It's wonderful that you're doing this for fans, George! If I was out on your end of the country, I'd definitely be there!
Dec. 20th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! I would love to see something like this travel to the East coast.
Dec. 20th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
Wish I would be there. :)
Dec. 20th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
This is one of those happy abuse of your position that makes me very, very happy! It's the "I'm the author of this series, and I own a movie theatre. So I'm going to show my damn show at my movie theatre AND make it free for people who want to show up because I damn well can and there's nobody who can stop me! Muahahah!" And it's such a fan service that words can't even express! It's sad I don't live in New Mexico, but Mr. Martin you have really outdone yourself this time!

I guess the only thing that could make it better is if you had something where people who attended could leave donations for the homeless, or needy, or other such cause, because I suspect you're going to have a lot of very happy local fans this coming year! As a cause asking for money for homeless shelters because winter IS coming a little too meta?

You may kill my favorite characters, but you can never kill the spirit! Keep it up sir, keep it up! :)
Dec. 20th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Well, I appreciate the kind words... but I do not have the sort of unilateral power you imagine. All this is being done with the approval and support of HBO.
(no subject) - apostle_of_eris - Dec. 22nd, 2013 02:16 am (UTC) - Expand
Nah - GeekFurious - Dec. 26th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 20th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hey George,

You are a seriously kind and generous guy to put on a show like that, introduce all those episodes and try to get some special guests - for free.

That's super nice of you,

All the best,

Dec. 20th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
That is so cool! I wish I lived closer.
Dec. 20th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Seven Hells! You need to buy more movie theaters. A LOT more. Because the rest the rest of the world deserves to see this too, BY THE OLD GODS AND THE NEW!
A visit to Europe would also be great *wink wink, nudge nudge*


A thoroughly obsessed fan (but not in a creepy way) from Portugal.
Brandon Butler
Dec. 20th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
DVD extras?
I'm not the sort of person who could make it down to Santa Fe, alas, but the notion of Mr. Martin introducing a good number of the episodes interests me to no end.

Are there any plans to tape your introductions? I'm guessing you'd want electronics turned off during the screening, so is anyone from you or HBO going to tape your bits? Those would be great to have in a repackaged DVD set some day: a good number of the episodes from seasons 1-3 prefaced with your own introductions, in front of a live audience.

I'm one of those guys who often enjoys interviews and essays from the author as much as the work itself, sometimes even moreso. I'd watch it.
Denise Sevier Fries
Dec. 20th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
Canada Calling
Time to come North Mr. Martin...Ned would want you to come visit us here in Canada... :) *LOVE Ned...even dead...without a head. :P
Dec. 20th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
VERY cool. Just wish NY was a little bit closer to the Cocteau.
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