Dear New Parkway Lover:
Welcome to May at the New Parkway! Here are the early highlights:
· Tomorrow night’s Parkway Classic is Pulp Fiction. If you’ve not seen it, it’s an absolute must, and if you have seen it, it’s an absolute must that you come to quote along your favorite lines. So between the two groups, it’s sure to sell out, so get your tix early.
· We’ve got at least two and likely more Warriors games this week. Tomorrow is the first one, and depending on how that goes, we’ll have more added the schedule. Because we’ve had raucous full houses for these showings, we’re scheduling these as they are announced, so that sometimes means some last-minute schedule changes.
· We’re hosting the Rose Foundation’s Action! Film Festival this Saturday night.
· Our entrée into showing live TV shows on our giant screen—sports aside—will kick off with RuPaul’s Drag Race finale on Monday night. Join us at 7pm in the Ulterior Illusions Lounge (ie the mezzanine cafe) for encore screenings of two of Season 5's most sickening episodes. Then, grab your drinks and your squirrel friends, and sashay into the auditorium for a LIVE screening of the Reunion Episode and watch as RuPaul's Drag Race crown its Season 5 Winner! Treats for anyone who comes in drag!
· First Friday is two days away. Cool free offerings from 6-9PM followed by less-free offerings (our feature movies) starting at 9:30. Parking is tricky so take public transportation and have a great time at the New Parkway. We promise one of the best beer selections and the most plentiful free bathrooms on the First Friday strip.
· Next week’s Parkway Classic will be Wild at Heart with author Barry Gifford in attendance. Come for the movie, stay for the Q & A.
· Shining Alert! We’re showing Room 237 for our Doc Night and then have a great double feature three days later: a May 9th doubleheader of Room 237 followed by The Shining. Scary good!
We’ve also got some other biggies coming our way, so get your tickets now for the following events, in reverse order:
· We’re doing our second movie marathon on May 19th, this time showing the Godfather trilogy. That means roughly 10 hours of mostly outstanding moviemaking and some optional movie-inspired food and drink. Get your tickets today!
· We’re partnering with Tugg to present Battle Royale, as long as there’s enough interest. It’s a bit like Kickstarter in that it only happens if we get 60 people to advance purchase tickets for the May 16th show. Check it out and join us for this special showing.
· Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Why not join us at the New Parkway for our first Mother’s Day. We’re throwing a good mother, bad mother double feature brunch, Joan Crawford style. We’ll start by delighting you with Mildred Pierce, along with an outstanding brunch, and then horrify you with Mommie Dearest. How’s that for an unforgettable Mother’s Day?
It's the calm before the summer season storm (well it is as I write this). Before Robert Downey Jr can pummel your weary brain senseless in Iron Man 3 (expect a good review in a month if we manage to get it) you can catch up on a spring hit and Danny Boyle's latest offering. Or watch 'Silver Linings Playbook' again. Or you could wait in line for 'Iron Man 3' on Friday. An over-excited kid will probably puke on your shoes. You will arrive 20 minutes early and see a long winding queue wrapping around the local movie theater. When you eventually make it into the cinema, the solitary remaining seat in the front row to the extreme right will be waiting for you. After you pay $126 to the chiropractor for your permanently damaged neck, you will realize you should have gone to the New Parkway. Where civilized people go. To watch good movies with a hearty ale and delicious pizza.
Silver Linings Playbook
It's back. For another week. Why? (having a two sided conversation with yourself via email is the first sign of insanity) Because it is that good. If you have heard nothing about this delightful movie, you must not get out much. Or at all. You are probably still living at home with an old Victorian doll named Viola that your mom made for your 6th birthday and every year she knits you a new outfit.
For everyone else, if you have not seen it yet, you are missing out. A conversation will come up in the next 2-8 years where other people are discussing how good it is. You might mention that you have never seen it and the rest of the group will shake their heads like you are a true fool. Or you might lie and pretend you have seen it and be secretly hoping no-one questions you on it because then you are screwed. Don't let this situation happen. Just go see it. Save yourself the social embarrassment.
Some rare directors are just so good they never make a bad movie. Danny Boyle is definitely in this category. After taking a time-out to complete the masterful Olympics opening ceremony last year, Boyle is back with an all star cast in this gripping psychological thriller. Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. The gang's leader (Vincent Cassel) hires a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon's psyche.
Like any good Hitchcock movie, this movie has plenty of twists and turns and keeps you guessing until the end. The acting is superb. Be warned: it requires some semblance of thought and concentration on your part. Well- more than Iron Man 3 anyway.
What would happen if someone stole your identity and racked up thousands of dollars of charges in a few days. And you found that person? It's pretty clear to any sane person that you would inflict severe pain on the identity thief and made sure they never had fingers to steal with again. Fortunately for us, not everyone thinks like a sane person and as a result we have 'Identity Thief'.
Melissa McCarthy is an acquired taste. I really liked her in 'Bridesmaids'. But I know plenty of people who can't stand her. She shows surprisingly good comedic range here. She is well supported by Jason Bateman who is just a naturally good actor. This movie was a surprise hit. There must be a reason for its unexpected success. There must be. Go see it to find out.
And now for more information about our repertory and special events programming:
New Parkway Family Classics—This week we’re showing the Last Unicorn on Friday at 4PM and Sunday at 12:30. Only one of the mythological creatures escapes the evil King Haggard's plan to eliminate all unicorns from the land in Rankin-Bass's (Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) sophisticated production of The Last Unicorn. In hopes of rescuing her exiled breed, the last unicorn (voice by Mia Farrow) teams up with the kindly, if bumbling wizard Schmendrick the Magician (voice by Alan Arkin), who accompanies her on the far-reaching and treacherous quest to save her kind.
Spectrum Queer Cinema—SPECTRUM Queer Cinema is happening on Sunday with a queer surprise. Not necessarily because it’s a surprise but because we don’t know what’s showing so it will be a surprise to everyone. 3PM, and check back on their site for more info.
Thrillville—on Sunday at 6PM, join us for THRILLVILLE THEATER’s Cinco de Mayo Special: Johnny Legend presents NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES (1969). Johnny Legend hosts his own special edition of this notoriously sleazy Mexican monster movie classic (not for the faint of heart or immature, contains graphic content!), plus a B movie trailer reel, prizes, and a special guest personal appearance by The Aztec Mummy himself!
Baby Brigade—We’ve got Trance and Identity Thief for our 4:30 and 6:30 Baby Brigades on Monday. No Academy Awards here but some mediocre to good stuff of different flavors.
Doc Night—as described earlier, we’ve got Room 237 about the making of the Shining on Tuesday night.
2 for 1 Wednesdays—Final Alert! Unless attendance picks up, 2 for 1 Wednesday is going to go away and we’re going to do other more expensive things that night. Here’s the info about our current Wednesday: All day Wednesday, 2 for 1 admission prices with movies starting at 3:30. Happy Hour drinks from 5-7PM followed by arts and crafts projects in the café that you can do with your buzz on.
Parkway Classics—Will the Thrill's Parkway Classics presents WILD AT HEART (1990) with author BARRY GIFFORD in person! Don't miss this special screening of David Lynch's truly bizarre but beautiful road movie/love story chronicling the incredibly strange adventures of Sailor (Nicolas Cage) and Lula (Laura Dern), including a Q&A session with the novel's author and co-scriptwriter, the Bay Area's own literary lion, Barry Gifford!
Thanks for your continued and growing support of the New Parkway Theater. We hope to see you soon!