United State of Cinema’s National Screening Day - “1984”
140 Indy movie houses ignite a much-needed community conversation when funding for the arts & human rights are in jeopardy
Tuesday, April 4th at 7:30PM
This is a GENERAL ADMISSION SCREENING - there will be no RESERVED SEATS,
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General Admission Seats: $12.00 each ($15.00 for Day-of-Show)
...Tuesday, April 4th at 7:30PM
On April 4, 2017, The Regent will join over 140 art house movie theatres across the country in 124 cities and in 41 states (plus four locations in Canada) to participate collectively in a NATIONAL EVENT DAY screening of the ‘80s movie 1984 starring John Hurt, who sadly died last month. This date was chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. These theaters owners also strongly believe in supporting the National Endowment for the Arts and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment. This event provides a chance for communities around the country to show their unity and have their voices heard.
As part of National Screening Day‘s request “for participating theaters that charge admission to donate a portion of the proceeds to local charities and organizations,” the Regent has chosen Arlington Center for the Arts as our local partner for this purpose. Facing the loss of their 28-year home in the Gibbs Building, the Arts Center is in the midst of a capital campaign to create the “New ACA” in the heart of Arlington Center, in the historic Central School behind Town Hall.
“Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence, ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,’” reads a joint statement on behalf of all participating theaters. “Less than two months into the new presidential administration, theater owners collectively believe the clock is already striking thirteen. Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier.”
We all add, “The endeavor encourages theaters to take a stand for the values of freedom of speech, love and respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts’...zero tolerance for lies amongst our leaders. By doing what we do best – showing a movie – the goal is that cinemas can initiate a much-needed community conversation at a time when the existence of facts, and basic human rights are under attack. Through nationwide participation and strength in numbers, these screenings are intended to galvanize people at the crossroads of cinema and community, and bring us together to foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society.”