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Three Years and Counting

Hard to believe, but we are coming up on the third anniversary of the re-opening of the Jean Cocteau Cinema. Santa Fe's hometown movie theatre, and first art house, had been dark for seven years when we turned on the lights again and opened the doors in August 2013.

Needless to say, that calls for a celebration... a week-long celebration, in fact!!!

To mark the occasion, we are bringing back three very special films, movies that have a special significance in the history of the JJC, New Mexico's most eclectic movie theatre.

First up we will have PANDORA'S BOX, a classic of the silent cinema starring Louise Brooks, the first film to play the Jean Cocteau when the theatre first opened in 1984.

We will also show FORBIDDEN PLANET, the first film shown at the reborn Cocteau three years ago... and also the greatest science fiction film ever made, in my not so humble opinion.

And finally we will have DARK STAR, our first midnight movie from three years back, a hilarious SF comedy, and the movie that gave Dan O'Bannon and John Carpenter their starts.

Best of all, admission to all three movies will be FREE! (We will also be holding over a couple other films this week, and offering discount $5 admissions on those).

And, yes, ROBBIE THE ROBOT will be returning to the cinema for the celebrations, along with his friends Altaira, Commander J.J. Adams, and the Iron Giant.

We'll be celebrating all week... but the BIG party will be on Saturday at 7:00 pm, when we will be adding some cake to the mix. And our friends at Jambo are sending their foot truck around that night at well, for some delicious African treats.


2:30 PM: Yarn ($5.00)
4:30 PM: Pandora’s Box (FREE)
7:00 PM: Forbidden Planet (FREE)
9:30 PM: Showcase Karaoke (with Cyndi and Nanci) (FREE)

2:15 PM: The Fallen Idol ($5.00)
4:30 PM: Pandora’s Box (FREE)
7:00 PM: Anniversary Party (Cake, Costumes, Games, Food Trucks, & More!) (FREE)
7:00 PM: Forbidden Planet (FREE)
9:20 PM: Dark Star (FREE)

2:30 PM: Yarn ($5.00)
4:30 PM: Forbidden Planet (FREE)
6:40 PM: Pandora’s Box (FREE)

4:30 PM: Forbidden Planet (FREE)
6:40 PM: Pandora’s Box (FREE)

4:30 PM: Pandora’s Box (FREE)
7:00 PM: Forbidden Planet (FREE)

2:30 PM: Presenting Princess Shaw (FREE)
4:30 PM: Pandora’s Box (FREE)
7:00 PM: Forbidden Planet (FREE)
9:20 PM: Dark Star (FREE)

2:30 PM: Yarn ($5.00)
4:30 PM: The Fallen Idol ($5.00)
7:00 PM: Suicide Squad ($8.00)
9:20 PM: Dark Star (FREE)

So come and join us and help us hoot and holler! We're three years old! And many more to come!


Jul. 27th, 2016 07:02 pm (UTC)
We thank you!
You've done so many amazing things for our city! At the JCC, I've seen Neil Gaiman w/ Amanda (twice), William Gibson, and tons of other great authors. We love the movies you play and my daughters love the funky anime movies that come by.

You've further enriched us with your contributions to Meow Wolf--which we love.

And, as a JCC upstairs tenant, I appreciate that you don't pull out your broadsword and start muttering about Ned Stark if we've ever late on our rent : ) (just kidding--don't kick us out).
Dan Koifman
Jul. 28th, 2016 02:10 am (UTC)
In honor of your 3rd year anniversary, I think Vice President Joe Biden just gave you and Dorne a subtle nod in his DNC speech today.

He said:

"We never bow, we never bend, we never break when confronted with crisis. No! We endure! We overcome! And we always, always, always move forward."


Congrats. :)
Jul. 28th, 2016 02:50 am (UTC)
Congrats on the anniversary! I hope that someday, some of your Minions or even you yourself might come to Montreal to peruse the cinematic offerings at Fantasia, the mix of cult, horror, Asian, weird and strange that is quite rightly lauded as the best genre film festival in the world. (I usually write it as FantAsia because it began as mostly Asian films, but I'm learning to reduce the "A" to "a" in comments outside of its realm.) Just a suggestion (which I think I make every year to you around FantAsia time {g}) - don't let your bad memories of WorldCon in Montreal dismiss this totally different and entirely wonderful festival out of hand!
Jul. 28th, 2016 07:51 am (UTC)
George, sorry for the OT comment. Just wondered if you watched Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic convention. He ended it with "“We never bow, we never bend, we never break".
Jul. 28th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
Jean Cocteau was great!
Hi George!

I had the pleasure of stopping by the Jean Cocteau on my way to California this summer. My fiancee and I went to a really late showing, so we were the only ones there. The theater is excellent, though, and the staff was really friendly. Walked away with some gold dragons, signed books, and the experience of an okay movie.

Also ate at Maria's at your recommendation. Delicious!
Jul. 28th, 2016 02:21 pm (UTC)
Running a cinema is no easy thing. Three years on, George, what are some of your goals for the theater going forward?
Tanto Ten
Jul. 28th, 2016 04:28 pm (UTC)
...hard to believe...
Jul. 28th, 2016 06:13 pm (UTC)
So, how's business?
A lot of these small cinemas closed because they couldn't make ends meet. Of course you didn't start this as a money making endeavor... but if you had invested your 'life savings' to get the JC to where it is now - how would you describe its success?
Jul. 28th, 2016 08:30 pm (UTC)
Re: So, how's business?
You can make a small fortune with an independent single-screen movie theatre.

Just so long as you start with a large fortune.

But seriously... these are challenging times for independent local movie houses. The chains are relentless, and the studios and distributors favor the big boys at every turn. The only way to compete is to offer a better all-around movie-going experience: better popcorn, good food, a full bar, special events and promotions, a friendly and engaged staff who actually care that you are there.

The JCC also regularly features other sorts of entertainment: magic shows, author readings, booksignings, live music, stand-up comedy. And we're available for rent for weddings and bar mitzahs. We are as much a community center as we are a theatre.
Jul. 28th, 2016 09:05 pm (UTC)
Re: So, how's business?
The JCC sounds like a cornerstone of the community.

Do you have any additions or expansions planned? Can you see it becoming a local chain one day, appearing throughout the city or state over the years?

Edited at 2016-07-28 09:06 pm (UTC)
Jul. 29th, 2016 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: So, how's business?
No, we are not going to become a chain.

The building is old... circa 1910-1912... and I do not own any of the adjoining properties, so expansions and additions are largely out of the question. No place to put them.

We do have a full basement... VERY unusual for Santa Fe, where most buildings sit on slabs with nothing under the ground... that I would dearly love to make use of for a second screen or an underground "dungeon bar." However, city building codes make that prohibitively expensive. The only access is a very steep old set of steps, and that is no longer allowed.
Jul. 29th, 2016 11:48 am (UTC)
Pandora's Box is a fantastic film! I love watching Louise Brooks on the big screen. Have you read Lulu in Hollywood? Wish I was closer to Santa Fe to see all of these great films!
Bernhard Vienna
Jul. 30th, 2016 02:09 pm (UTC)
That sounds like the coolest possible way to spend money. We some of those cool cinemas in my town and I am happy about every one of them.

Do you have some tips and tricks for aspiring cinema owners?
Lessons learned? Could you maybe write a longer entry on how to run a cinema? I am just fascinated by the idea...
Aug. 3rd, 2016 03:54 am (UTC)
always gotta support these type of cinemas. Wish you had such a cinema around here in PA! would love to go to such place.

now I gotta check for arthouse cinemas around my city. But they'll never be as cool as yours

Edited at 2016-08-03 03:56 am (UTC)


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