WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR: Starts Friday, June 29th

Viewing: June 29, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Morgan Neville
Cast: Joanne Rogers, McColm Cephas Jr., François Scarborough Clemmons

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

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Running Time: 94 minutes94 MIN
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For the many generations that grew up with Rogers' friendly face as their guide, Won't You Be My Neighbor is like peering into the past with renewed clarity and wishing his civility had caught on.

Eric Kohn
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GEEK WEEK

In an effort to raise money for the arts and celebrate local Geekdom, ARTS/West has partnered with the Athena Cinema to bring a unique film series to the Athens community. The series will allow the community to experience these films on the big screen as they were meant to be seen, certain screenings will feature trivia, prizes, costumes, and promotion of local businesses. Bring friends, come in costume, and celebrate being a geek!

All tickets only $5

Film Schedule:
The Iron Giant – Sunday, May 6th 1pm
Aliens – Monday, May 7th 7pm
Princess Mononoke (dubbed) – Tuesday, May 8th 7pm
Fellowship of the Ring – Wednesday, May 9th 7pm
The Dark Knight – Thursday, May 10th 7pm
Mad Max: Fury Road – Friday, May 11th 7pm

The film series is Geekdom for a good cause. All proceeds from the event go to Arts/West, a community based arts facility which is part of the city of Athens Parks & Recreation department and home to PRISM: LCBTQ After school Program, Athens Girls Rock Camp, Ohio Valley Summer Theater Camp, as well as other public performances, classes and workshops.

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Beat the Heat: THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH

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Watch Trailer Director: Chuck Jones, Dave Monahan, Abe Levitow, Jones Levitow
Cast: Butch Patrick, Hans Conried, Mel Blanc

Come experience the magic of fantasy and the wonder of childhood at the Athena! Based on Norton Juster’s 1961 children’s book, The Phantom Tollbooth, tells the fantastical story of Milo and his dog Tock. Young Milo is bored of his day-to-day life until he finds a tollbooth in his room and decides to drive his toy car through it. Soon after, Milo is transported to the mysterious fantasy land of Dictionopolis, a city fixated on words. While in Dictionopolis, Milo learns vital lessons and embarks on an unforgettable adventure. 

Athena Cinema of Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts will partner with the Department of Real Estate Management, Community Engagement and Economic Development to present the Athena Cinema 6th Annual Beat the Heat $2 Days Film Series and Fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County! Every year, the summer series showcases children’s and family-friendly films at a discounted admission. Get out of the heat and come enjoy the cool air conditioning, delicious concessions, and movies that every child should see on the big screen!

To benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County, the price of admission to these screenings is a suggested minimum donation of $2 per ticket.

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Running Time: 90 minutes90 MIN
G Rated
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This fine adaptation of the children's book by Norton Juster was Chuck Jones's and MGM's first animated feature.

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Sponsored by Ohio University, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Athens County Children Services, Athens County Public Libraries, Athens Prosecutor’s Office, Ohio University Credit Union

Science on Screen® Presents MOON CHILD with George Eberts & Tom O’Grady

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Watch Trailer Director: Agustí Villaronga
Cast: Maribel Martín, Lisa Gerrard, Enrique Saldana

In partnership with Cult Epics, AGFA presents a mystical fantasy film for adults, a unique gift to cinema and music fans alike boasting an unreleased soundtrack by Australian goth pioneers Dead Can Dance. Inspired by famed occultist Aleister Crowley’s novel, and spun from the mind of Agusti Villagronga, Moon Child (El Niño de la Luna) was considered revelatory at Cannes in 1989. Today, it is remastered for its first-ever theatrical release in the US.

After being adopted by a treacherous semi-scientific cult where extraordinary mental powers are common, extraordinary 12-year-old David begins an archetypal journey across two continents to find his destiny as Child of the Moon.

The film will be preceded by a lecture from the OU Physics & Astronomy Department’s George Eberts and Tom O’Grady. Eberts and O’Grady specialize in the human experience and view of the sky, including, the moon, eclipses, comets and meteor showers. Please join us for a science/movie mash-up and exploration into the sky just a few days before the Summer Solstice!

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Science on Screen program pairs films with a short talk with a scientist or technology expert. The free Science on Screen events are fun and engaging, offering dynamic speakers an unexpected jumping point to teach their field of expertise in a way that is accessible to a diverse audience.

Free admission is provided by Arts for OHIO.

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Running Time: 118 min118 MIN
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A spectacular film which mixes ice and fire, and which takes us where movies rarely go today: to a dream, to magic.

Le Monde
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Beat the Heat Teen Night: MOONRISE KINGDOM

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Watch Trailer Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: ared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis

There is nothing like your first love. Wes Anderson’s acclaimed film, Moonrise Kingdom, is a coming-of-age story about young love, the thrill of youth, and the need for adventure. The year is 1965, and the residents of New Penzance, an island off the coast of New England, inhabit a community that seems untouched by some of the bad things going on in the rest of the world. Twelve-year-olds Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) have fallen in love and decide to run away. But a violent storm is approaching the island, forcing a group of quirky adults (Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray) to mobilize a search party and find the youths before calamity strikes.

Athena Cinema of Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts will partner with the Department of Real Estate Management, Community Engagement and Economic Development to present the Athena Cinema 6th Annual Beat the Heat $2 Days Film Series and Fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County! Every year, the summer series showcases children’s and family-friendly films at a discounted admission. Get out of the heat and come enjoy the cool air conditioning, delicious concessions, and movies that every child should see on the big screen!

To benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County, the price of admission to these screenings is a suggested minimum donation of $2 per ticket.

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Running Time: 94 minutes94 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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Anderson never loses his core themes - young love, the need to escape, the bind and bluster of family. His "Kingdom" may not be large, but it is perfectly appointed.

Tom Long
Detroit News
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Sponsored by Ohio University, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Athens County Children Services, Athens County Public Libraries, Athens Prosecutor’s Office, Ohio University Credit Union

Beat the Heat: THE DARK CRYSTAL

Todays Show Times: 3:00

Watch Trailer Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
Cast: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Kathryn Mullen, Dave Goelz

From the mind that brought us Labyrinth and The Muppet Movie, comes the fan favorite — Dark Crystal, a high fantasy adventure film. Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was broken, the evil Skeksis used sinister means to gain control. Jen believes that he can repair the dark crystal and bring peace back to the world if he can only find the remaining shard.

Athena Cinema of Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts will partner with the Department of Real Estate Management, Community Engagement and Economic Development to present the Athena Cinema 6th Annual Beat the Heat $2 Days Film Series and Fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County! Every year, the summer series showcases children’s and family-friendly films at a discounted admission. Get out of the heat and come enjoy the cool air conditioning, delicious concessions, and movies that every child should see on the big screen!

To benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County, the price of admission to these screenings is a suggested minimum donation of $2 per ticket.

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Running Time: 93 minutes93 MIN
PG Rated
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The Dark Crystal is well and truly a classic of its time, and it's a classic that's most certainly stood the test of time

Andrew Pollard
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Sponsored by Ohio University, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Athens County Children Services, Athens County Public Libraries, Athens Prosecutor’s Office, Ohio University Credit Union

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA following Under the Elms

Viewing: June 27, 2018

Director: Lon Chaney Jr, Rupert Julian, Edward Sedgwick
Cast: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry

In collaboration with the 2018 UNDER THE ELMS concert series, the Athena Cinema presents a FREE community screening of the 1925 silent film classic “The Phantom of the Opera”. 

At 7:00 UNDER THE ELMS presents “Music of the Night”: Music from stage and screen with John Schlabach and Joshua Nightingale, trumpet. College Green (Memorial Auditorium if inclement weather).

At 8:00 The Athena Cinema Presents Lon Chaney’s 1925 “Phantom of the Opera” with live musical accompaniment. Free admission, tickets are required and may be secured in advance or day of show.

In this silent horror classic, aspiring young opera singer Christine Daaé (Mary Philbin) discovers that she has a mysterious admirer intent on helping her become a lead performer. This enigmatic masked presence is Erik, also known as the Phantom (Lon Chaney), a horribly disfigured recluse who lives underneath the Paris Opera House. When the Phantom takes Christine prisoner and demands her devotion and affection, her suitor, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny (Norman Kerry), sets out to rescue her.

 

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Wednesday 06/278:00

Lon Chaney's performance as the hideous organist prowling the sewers beneath the Paris Opera is still a cornerstone of gothic horror.

J.R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Beat the Heat: THE GOONIES

Viewing: July 7, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen

Come enjoy the 1980s classic tale of adventure and friendship. When two brothers from the “Goon Docks” find out they might lose their house they are desperate to find a way to keep their home. They find a treasure map, gather their friends, and head off to find the treasure. The only problem? The misfits must beat a group of bad guys vying for the same treasure.

Athena Cinema of Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts will partner with the Department of Real Estate Management, Community Engagement and Economic Development to present the Athena Cinema 6th Annual Beat the Heat $2 Days Film Series and Fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County! Every year, the summer series showcases children’s and family-friendly films at a discounted admission. Get out of the heat and come enjoy the cool air conditioning, delicious concessions, and movies that every child should see on the big screen!

To benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County, the price of admission to these screenings is a suggested minimum donation of $2 per ticket.

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Running Time: 115 minutes115 MIN
PG Rated
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Saturday 07/073:00

"The Goonies" is the kind of hyperactive peril-packed movie young audiences can't resist.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
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Sponsored by Ohio University, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Athens County Children Services, Athens County Public Libraries, Athens Prosecutor’s Office, Ohio University Credit Union

ON CHESIL BEACH

Watch Trailer Director: Dominic Cooke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Samuel West

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centers on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, and Samuel West.

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Running Time: 110 minutes110 MIN
R Rated
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Ronan brings to this role something of the radiance and tart intelligence she showed in Brooklyn and Lady Bird.

Tom Shone
Sunday Times
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HEARTS BEAT LOUD

Watch Trailer Director: Brett Haley
Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson

In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Nick Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to college, while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.

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Running Time: 97 minutes97 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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A sincere, occasionally touching family dramedy with a music backdrop.

John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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