Whether you are interested in stand-up comedy, live music, documentary films or cult classics, the Cinema Arts Centre offers a variety of special events and film screenings all month long.
September highlights include, Margaret Atwood in a unique live on-screen simulcast event, sneak preview of the movie Downton Abbey, and Long Island LitFest with Dave Barry & Adam Mansbach.
Margaret Atwood: Live In Cinemas (On-screen Simulcast)
Tuesday, September 10 at 7pm
Members $11 / Public $16
***Notice: This event does not feature a live appearance by Margaret Atwood***
On Tuesday, September 10, award-winning and bestselling author Margaret Atwood publishes worldwide her highly anticipated new novel – The Testaments – a sequel to her most celebrated work, The Handmaid’s Tale. In a unique live on-screen simulcast event on this momentous date, cinema audiences across the world will be treated to an evening in conversation with Atwood about the release of the new book, her long and distinguished career and why she has returned to her seminal story of The Handmaid’s Tale, 34 years after she wrote the original.
Sky Room Talk with Film Historian Philip Harwood and Rod Serling Biographer Nicholas Parisi
The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, September 11 at 7:30
Members $12 / Public $17
Film Historian and New York State Librarian Philip Harwood returns to take us on another journey into Rod Serling’s celebrated fantasy television anthology series, The Twilight Zone. It was sixty years ago this Fall that The Twilight Zone premiered on CBS. As a multiple Emmy winning writer, Serling wanted to produce a television series which would allow him to express his political and social views through strange and bizarre stories, which took place in a different realm? Stories which thrust its characters into absurd situations. Sixty years later, The Twilight Zone is a cultural phenomenon. To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of The Twilight Zone, we will view three classic episodes that were major importance to Mr. Serling: Walking Distance (1959), Time Enough At Last (1959), The Invaders (1961). Philip Harwood will be joined by Rod Serling Biographer Nicholas Parisi, author of the new Rod Serling biography, Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination.
SNEAK PREVIEW EARLY SCREENING
Downton Abbey: The Movie
Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 pm
Members $12 | Public $17
This fall, the worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey, becomes a grand motion picture event, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast. (UK, 2019, 90 Mins, PG, English | Dir. Michael Engler)
Fleabag: National Theatre Live
Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 pm
Members $20 | Public $25
See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End.
Friday The 13th Part V & Part VIII (35mm Double Feature)
Friday, September 13th at 10:00 pm
$18 Members | $22 Public
Retro Picture Show returns to celebrate the first Friday the 13th of 2019 with FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING and a special 30th anniversary screening of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN – both shown from vintage 35mm film prints
Buck Rogers In The 25th Century (Cult Café / 40th Anniversary Screening)
Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 PM
Members $5 | Public $7
The feature film that served as a pilot for the hit TV show of the same name! In 1987, NASA astronaut Captain William “Buck” Rogers flies into an unexpected space phenomenon and is frozen for 504 years. (USA, 1979, 89 Mins., PG, English | Dir. Daniel Haller)
Miskatonic: Witches, Sluts, Feminists – Sky Room Talk with author Kristen J. Sollee
Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30pm
Members $12 / Public $17
In art, literature, and film, the witch is a shapeshifter. She is a gruesome villain and a studious heroine, a spiritual guide and an enchanting seductress. The witch’s narrative can shift effortlessly, transforming her from vixen to hag and healer to hellion based solely upon who decides to tell her tale. But despite these disparate depictions, the witch’s presence is inextricably tied to patriarchal anxieties about powerful women and unruly female bodies: her representation always reflects or refutes societal perceptions about femininity. In this illustrated talk, New School faculty member and author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive Kristen J. Sollée will trace the witch in visual media from the early modern era through the present, examining her legacy as an icon of female power and persecution, and as a potent feminist symbol.
Remembering Roscoe: The Films of “Fatty” Arbuckle
Wednesday, September 18th at 7:30
$11 Members | $16 Public
Come enjoy a hilarious selection of rarely seen silent shorts from the Library of Congress featuring one of the greatest comedians of the silent era – Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle! Featuring a live musical accompaniment by Ben Model.
Will feature the following short comedies: Twixt Love And Fire (1914), Mabel And Fatty’s Married Life (1915), Fatty’s Reckless Fling (1915), Fatty’s Tintype Tangle (1915), His Wife’s Mistake (1916)
Stop Making Sense (Cult Café/ 35th Anniversary Dance Party)
Saturday, September 21 at 10:00 pm
Members $5 | Public $7
Join us for a special dance party celebrating the 35th anniversary of what is considered by many to be the greatest concert film of all time. This 1984 film captures a live performance of Speaking in Tongues by Talking Heads, a cataclysm of entertainment, experimental theater, musical performance, and an exercise in deconstruction. Director Jonathan Demme allows us to fully experience this beloved band at the height of their powers and was made to be seen on the big screen. For this event The floor will be open for dancing, but don’t worry, if you don’t feel like dancing you can have a seat on the sidelines. (USA, 1984, 88 Mins., NR | Dir. Jonathan Demme)
Now You’re Talking! Presents “On Second Thought…” A Storytelling Show
Sunday, September 22nd at 2:00 pm
$20 Members / Public $25
Award winning Long Island storytelling Tracey Segarra returns to the cinema for a wonderful storytelling show. Tracey’s stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour on NPR, and the Risk! and Story Collider podcasts. Tracey hosts a show where six storytellers share hilarious, heartfelt true stories about those times in their lives when they stopped and said to themselves, “On second thought…”
Long Island LitFest Presents: Legendary Humorists Dave Barry & Adam Mansbach
Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 pm
Members $60 | Public $70 |Tickets include a copy of A Field Guide to the Jewish People, authors talk, Q&A and book signing reception
From the authors of the previously published For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them a new title: Meet in person two of the hilarious authors of A Field Guide to the Jewish People: Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them, What They Have Against Foreskins, How Come They Carry Each Other Around on Chairs … and Much More. Maybe Too Much More.
DAVE BARRY is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor writer and bestselling author of Best. State. Ever. whose work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers.
ADAM MANSBACH is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**k to Sleep and You Have to F*****g Eat, as well as the California Book Award-winning novel The End of Jews.
ZZ Top: The Little Ol’ Band From Texas
Thursday, September 26th at 7:30 PM
$12 Members | $17 Public
Produced by Emmy award-winning Banger Films, this lively new documentary tells the story of how three oddball teenage bluesmen – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard – became one of the biggest, most beloved bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers 50 years after the band’s inception. 91 Mins.
Todd Barry – Stand-up Comedy in the Café
Friday, September 27 at 7:30pm
Members $22 / Public $25
Todd Barry is a legend of the stand-up comedy world. He has been involved in the stand-up scene for decades. He has had his own hit specials on Netflix and Comedy Central, and has performed on: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and Late Night With Seth Meyers. His acting credits include The Wrestler, Road Trip, Flight of the Concords, Chappelle’s Show, Spin City, Sex and the City.
Snoopy, Come Home
Saturday September 28th at 11 am
$7 Members | $12 Public | Free for kids 12 and Under!
Brand new digital restoration! Charlie Brown’s beloved dog Snoopy receives a letter from his original owner, Lila, who has been sick in the hospital. With his bird friend Woodstock, Snoopy goes to visit Lila, making his way across the country despite seeing “no dogs allowed” signs everywhere. (USA, 1972, 81 Mins, G, English | Dir. Bill Melendez)
Desolation Centre (Cult Café!)
Saturday, September 28th at 10:00 PM
$12 Public | $7 Member
Desolation Center is the story of a series of ground-breaking early 80s music concerts in the desert outside Los Angeles that were the inspiration for modern day behemoths Coachella, Burning Man and Lollapalooza. The film weaves interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Perry Farrell, Einstürzende Neubauten, Black Flag, Redd Kross and more, documenting a time when pushing the boundaries of music, art, and performance felt almost like an unspoken obligation. (USA, 2018, 93 Min., NR | Dir. Stuart Swezey)