July 27, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Jean Cocteau Cinema to Open its Doors August 9th – and it’s Free Admission for a Week

Originally seating 127, the auditorium has been re-fitted for handicapped seating, so the total is now 120.

By Casey St. Charnez

Media Rare

Casey St. Charnez has been video editor for Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide since 1986 and buyer for Lisa Harris' Video Library since 1981. He likes Lisa, cats, crosswords, and the Metropolitan Opera, probably in that order.

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Okay, I just got off the phone with Jean Cocteau Cinema manager Jon Bowman and he confirmed that it’s official:

Game of Thrones mastermind and committed Santa Fean, George R.R. Martin, will open his revamped Jean Cocteau Cinema come Friday August 9th

Better yet, the first week of movies have totally free admission (concessions extra, of course, and there will be plenty of them).

“We’re inviting all the public,” said Bowman.

Although the July 17 issue of the Santa Fe Reporter printed the news as a done deal, Martin’s office told me they’re still waiting for their occupancy permit from the City of Santa Fe. However, Bowman indicated that he feels the permit is definitely wending its way through the works and he doesn’t foresee a delay. 

That first week of freebies will showcase three movies: 

Forbidden Planet (1956), MGM’s spectacular science-fiction spin on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, with Walter Pidgeon as Prospero from another planet. This is Martin’s own number one movie, which he describes as “the best sci-fi movie ever made.”

Orpheus (1950) Jean Cocteau himself created this modern-dress Parisian re-interpretation of Orpheus and Eurydice. One of cinema’s great allegorical fantasies, with Jean Marais in the title role and a haunting Maria Casarés as Death in a limousine. 

Dark Star (1974) Director and co-writer (with Alien’s Dan O’Bannon) John Carpenter’s goofball outer-space comedy has become a cult item. Accordingly, it’s the midnight show—although since this is Santa Fe, midnight will be around 11pm.

The run of new releases starts Friday August 16th with three new movies: 

Europa Report (2013) A privately funded expedition searches for life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon. American sci-fier stars South African actors Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Embeth Davidtz (Mad Men). [PG-13]

Shouting Secrets (2011) Drama about family loyalty, with the major distinction that it’s set on an Apache reservation. They have a few problems—like the fact that dad is a recently fired high school coach, and the baby sister is pregnant by a white guy. [NR] 

Rapture-Palooza (2013) Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and John Frances Daley (TV’s Bones) chase the Anti-Christ, Craig Robinson (who plays “Craig Robinson” in the similarly themed This Is The End). Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow in The Hangover movies) is God. [R]    

Starting August 16, ticket prices will be: 

* General admission: $10 adults, $8 students (with ID) and seniors (60 and up), $6 children (12 and under) 

* Matinees and late shows: $7 adult, $6 seniors and students, $5 children 

* VIP lounge: $3 additional per ticket for any show, four private seats available. 

Originally seating 127, the auditorium has been re-fitted for handicapped seating, so the total is now 120. Additionally, Martin and Bowman are still pursuing a beer and wine license, but Bowman says it’s “down the road” and could be a few more months before it happens. 

The JCC already has a telephone… so for more information, please call (505) 466-5528. 

See you there. For sure.

For more information on the orgin of GRRM's quest to remake the Cocteau read this blog.

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