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Dog Day Afternoon Event

Saturday, August 30th at 5:50pm

Two movies for the price of one!

 

Come enjoy this Academy Award winning film and stay for the true story documentary at 8:30pm for the price of one regularly priced movie!  That's right, two for the price of one.  Feel free to enjoy these movies separately, but if you want the amazing cinematic story and behind the scenes scoop in one fell swoop, this is your event. 

 

Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Shortly before closing time, scheming loser Sonny (Al Pacino) and his slow-witted buddy, Sal (John Cazale), burst into a Brooklyn bank for what should be a run-of-the-mill robbery, but everything goes wrong, beginning with the fact that there is almost no money in the bank. The situation swiftly escalates, as Sonny and Sal take hostages; enough cops to police the tristate area surround the bank; a large Sonny-sympathetic crowd gathers to watch; the media arrive to complete the circus; and police captain Moretti (Charles Durning) tries to negotiate with Sonny while keeping the volatile spectacle under control. When Sonny's lover, Leon (Chris Sarandon), tries to talk Sonny out of the bank, we learn the robbery's motive: to finance Leon's sex-change operation. Sonny demands a plane to escape, but the end is near once menacingly cool FBI agent Sheldon (James Broderick) arrives to take over the negotiations.  150 min., Rated R.

 

The Dog - 8:30pm

An intimate portrait of the vivacious John Wojtowicz, the inspiration behind Al Pacino's character in Sidney Lumet's Oscar Nominated Dog Day Afternoon. Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men. In August, 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hourhostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz, and when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog." Filmed over the course of a ten-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70s era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz's larger- than-life persona: he is by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank robber.  101 min., Unrated.

 

 

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Why We Ride - One Time Showing

Saturday, September 6th at 6pm

Bike Show entrants get in for FREE.

Regular Pricing Applies.

 

Cinema Center and Hayden Honda are partnering to bring you a showing of Why We Ride as apart of the Ride or Rot Vintage Motorcycle Show.  There will be prizes given away at the showing and motorcycles on display.  

 

An inspiring celebration of the motorcycling community, this documentary film shares the passion of motorcycle riding and shows the camaraderie of the friends and families who ride together. As told by the many racers, riders, pioneers, and parents in the sport, the story weaves its way through generations of motorcyclists who live each day to the fullest on their two-wheeled machines. The refreshing message about the joys of motorcycling, coupled with state of the art photography, capture theimagination and set the soul in motion.

 

85 min., Rated PG.

 

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Hector and the Search for Happiness

FREE Sneak Preview Showing

Tuesday, September 16th at 7:30pm

 

Join Cinema Center in partnership with The New York Film Critics Series for a special FREE screening of Hector and the Search for Happiness before it's in theaters!  A recorded live event with Peter Travers interviewing Actor Simon Pegg and Filmmaker Peter Chelsom will be after the movie.  Come join us for the FREE Sneak Preview fun!  

 

Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results. Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a rich, exhilarating, and hilarious tale from director Peter Chelsom, starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.

 

119 min., Rated R.

 

 

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Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives

One Time Showing: Friday, September 19th at 7pm

$10 Admission

 

No Cinema Center passes, Patron Member discount or Lincoln discount can be applied to the purchase of this event's ticket.

 

Pranayoga Institute and Cinema Center are partnering together to bring Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives to Fort Wayne.  A discussion will follow the movie.  You don't want to miss this fantastic documentary!

 

This movie captures a spirited group of women who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970s hippie commune, rescued modern midwifery from extinction, and changed the way a generation thought about childbirth. Today, as nearly 1/3 of all US babies are born via C-section, they labor on, fighting to preserve their knowledge and pushing, once again, for the rebirth of birth.

 

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Paragraph 175 - One Time Showing

Sunday, September 21st at 2pm

Regular Pricing Applies.

 

In partnership with IPFW Communications Department to bring Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933–1945 art gallery to Artlink, Cinema Center will be showing Paragraph 175.

 

Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175. Through the testimonies of these men and woman, an untold chapter of the Holocaust unfolds. It is extremely painful for these survivors to recall what they went through, and their expressive silences speak volumes.

 

76 min., Unrated.

 

 

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The Royal Shakespeare Company's Production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona
September 26th, 28th, October 10th & 12th 

$20 General Admission

$15 Member Admission

 

No Cinema Center passes, Patron Member discount or Lincoln discount can be applied to the purchase of this event's ticket.
 

We’re thrilled to be screening a live cinema broadcast recording from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.  The Two Gentleman of Verona will be playing at Cinema Center September 26th at 7pm, September 28th at 2pm, October 10th at 7pm, and October 12th at 2pm.  Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Member Admission. 
 

The play centers around Valentine and Proteus, the two gentlemen of Verona, who travel to Milan and learn about the world of courtship. They are best friends, but love for the same woman comes between them. Using the ploy of disguises, true love prevails and the friends are reconciled.

 

 

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MANHATTAN SHORT

Saturday, September 27th at 7pm

Regular Pricing Applies.

 

This year, MANHATTAN SHORT received 589 entries from 47 countries from which 10 finalists were selected.  These 10 short films will screen more than 800 times in over 250 cities across six continents during the week of September 26- October 5.  And the judges of these films are you.  On entry to each venue, you will be handed a voting card that allows you to vote for the one film and one actor you think is best.  Votes will be sent to MANHATTAN SHORT headquarters and the winner will be announced at Manhattanshort.com on Monday October 6 at 10am EST.  Does your vote count?  Yes.  in 2011 from 79,383 recorded votes world wide, only 126 votes separated first and second place.

 

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A man tries to track down a potential love interest on a crowded train using a smartphone app.  8 min.

 

On/Off

A mysterious audio message turns an astronaut's routine space-walk into a life-threatening mission.  14 min.

 

Crime

A graphic-novel-style documentary about the havoc crime creates told by those living through it.  14 min.

 

La Carnada

Crossing the border into the USA illegally proves more perilous than a teenager imagines.  13 min.

 

On The Bridge

Two men on London's Waterloo Bridge debate the merits of jumping off into the dark river below.  12 min.

 

Mend And Make Do

An elderly woman reminisces about her life before and after Waorl War II in animated fashion.  8 min.

 

Shift

A genius invents a sophisticated device that gives him a super power for the perfect heist.  11 min.

 

The Bravest, The Boldest

A mother tries to avoid two U.S. army officers ready to deliver the worst news of her life.  17 min.

 

The Fall

Two mountaineers depend on each during a climb but one has a secret that puts trust to the test.  15 min.

 

Rhino Full Throttle

A man searching for the soul of a city encounters an enigmatic young woman who unlocks his heart.  15 min.

 

 

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Chris Buck

Oscar-Winning Director of Frozen

University of Saint Francis and Cinema Center are partnering to present a weekend of events with Disney's Academy Award-winning director, Chris Buck.  His Film, FROZEN, became the highest-grossing animated film of all time, and continues to work its magic on children and adults all over the world.  By combining forces to bring this caliber of creative talent to Fort Wayne, Cinema Center and USF will showcase their roles in guiding students to create their finest work, and being a venue whose mission is to share a storyteller's final product.

 

Film Screening with a lecture by Chris Buck

Saturday, October 4th at 7pm

USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center - 431 W. Berry St.

This film screening and lecture is free and open to the public.  Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, "Frozen" is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

 

Closer Look Lecture with Chris Buck

Sunday, October 5th at 1pm

USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center - 431 W. Berry St.

The lecture is designed for high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in animation, film, and computer arts.  This lecture is free and open to the public.

 

About Chris Buck:

His career has gradually risen from animating classics including "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "Fox and the Hound," to directing Academy Award-winning "Frozen."  He's also directed "Tarzan" and "Surf's Up," which was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.  Buck studied at CalArts.  In his last year there his animated film about a female tennis player got him a job animating at Disney. 

 

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Nosferatu - One Time Showing

Friday, October 24th at 7:30pm

$15 General Admission

$10 Member Admission

 

Join us for our silent film series where we couple classic silent films with local artists to perform the soundtrack.  Our first film in the series is Nosferatu, and the local band performing the soundtrack is The End Times Spasm Band.

 

The film begins in the Carpathian mountains, where real estate agent Hutter (Gustav von Wagenheim) has arrived to close a sale with the reclusive Herr Orlok (Max Schreck). Despite the feverish warnings of the local peasants, Hutter insists upon completing his journey to Orlok's sinister castle. Hutter catches on that Orlok is no ordinary mortal when he witnesses the vampiric nobleman loading himself into a coffin in preparation for his journey to Bremen. By the time the ship bearing Orlok arrives at its destination, the captain and crew have all been killed-and partially devoured. There follows a wave of mysterious deaths in Bremen, which the local authorities attribute to a plague of some sort. But Ellen, Hutter's wife, knows better. Armed with the knowledge that a vampire will perish upon exposure to the rays of the sun, Ellen offers herself to Orlok, deliberately keeping him "entertained" until sunrise. At the cost of her own life, Ellen ends Orlok's reign of terror once and for all. 

 

63 min., Unrated

 

 

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A Love to Hide - One Time Showing

Sunday, October 26th at 2pm

Regular Pricing Applies.

 

In partnership with IPFW Communications Department to bring Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933–1945 art gallery to Artlink, Cinema Center will be showing A Love to Hide.

 

A young Jewish girl looking to escape the clutches of the Third Reich after seeing her parents and sister brutally slain while attempting to make their way to England is sheltered by an old friend whose status as a member of the "third" sex soon leads the Gestapo pounding on his door as well. Betrayed by a smuggler who sat idly by as her family was casually slaughtered by the SS, terrified Sara (Louise Monot) flees into the comforting care of childhood summer-vacation chum Jean (Jeremie Renier) and his faithful lover Philippe (Bruno Todeschini). Though safe for the moment thanks to Jean's quick-thinking plan to pass her off as a Gallic employee of his family's laundry business, Sara watches in horror as her homosexual protector is forced into a Nazi labor camp as a tragic result of a bad decision made by Jean's troublesome brother Jacques (Nicholas Gob).

 

103 min., Unrated.

 

 

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Battleship Potemkin - One Time Showing

Friday, November 21st at 7:30pm

$15 General Admission

$10 Member Admission

 

Join us for our silent film series where we couple classic silent films with local artists to perform the soundtrack.  Our second film in the series is Battleship Potemkin, and the local band performing the soundtrack is The Hope Arthur Orchestra.

 

A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.

 

66 min., Unrated.

 

 

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A Christmas Past - One Time Showing

Friday, December 12th at 7:30pm

$15 General Admission

$10 Member Admission

 

Join us for our silent film series where we couple classic silent films with local artists to perform the soundtrack.  Our third and final film in the series is A Christmas Past, and the local band performing the soundtrack is Fernando Tarango.

 

A collection of nine enchanting silent films, A Christmas Past offers a nostalgic peek into the Yuletide pleasures of the early 1900s. Evoking the Victorian charm of Currier and Ives prints, these picturesque comedies and tender dramas were produced as cinematic Christmas cards offered to moviegoers of the silent era. Included in this collection of archival rarities, most of which were produced at Thomas Edison's studios, are the 1910 version of Dicken's immortal A Christmas Carol, a heartwarming melodrama by D.W. Griffith, as well as the first screen version of Clement Moore's 1822 poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas."  Other films featured in this collection are: A Holiday Pageant At Home (1901), A Winter Straw Ride (1906), A Trap For Santa (1909), A Christmas Accident (1912), The Adventure Of The Wrong Santa Claus (1914), Santa Claus Vs. Cupid (1915), Santa Claus (1925), A Christmas Carol (1910), and The Night Before Christmas (1905).

 

121 min., Unrated.


Past and Annual Events
Artament
Each year, more than 50 local artists donate one-of-a-kind hanging art pieces to this fun, festive silent auction. A perennial favorite with the art crowd and holiday shoppers alike. 

Braineaters’ Ball
A part of Downtown Fright Night, the Braineater’s Ball is a spookifying mix of movies, music, dancing, macabre art, a costume contest, and yummy food for the undead. Admission is free.

Oscar Party
Our annual salute to the Oscars! This popular party features a silent auction, live music, Oscar balloting, an Oscar trivia contest with prizes, great food and libations, and the screening of an Oscar-nominated film.

Spinal Tap Party
Nigel Tufnel Day on 11.11.11 was the occasion for this rockin’, one-time-only party. Cinema Center turned it up to 11 with beer, wine and tiny bread, as Christopher Guest fans turned out for a screening of the hilarious cult classic “This Is Spinal Tap.”
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