Monday, January 25, 2016

NYC Midnight Offerings for the Weekend of January 29, 2016

Unless otherwise noted, all films screen at midnight Friday and Saturday



THE THING (1982) at the Landmark Sunshine


VIDEODROME at the IFC Center (Starts 12:15)


THE SHINING (1980) at the IFC Center (Starts 11:30 PM)


MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) at the IFC Center


THE BLADE (1995) at the Nitehawk Cinema (35mm presentation)


LABYRINTH (1986) at the Nitehawk Cinema (Starts 12:15)


SALO, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM (1975) at Videology Bar and CInema


THE SHINING FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS (1980/2011/2013) at the Spectacle Theater (Note: Starts midnight Friday, 10PM on Saturday)


THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas

Monday, January 18, 2016

NYC Midnight Offerings for the Weekend of January 22, 2016

Unless otherwise noted, all films screen midnight Friday and Saturday

Check this blog later each week as films are often added as theaters release more showtimes



LABYRINTH (1986) at the Nitehawk Cinema (BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT)


FONG SAI YUK (1993) at the Nitehawk Cinema (35mm presentation)


THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY (1966) at the Landmark Sunshine (Starts 11:00 PM)


LISZTOMANIA (1975) at Videology Bar and Cinema (NOTE: Saturday only)


NEON CITY (1991) at the Spectacle Theater (NOTE: Friday only)


DEVILHELM (1999) at the Spectacle Theater (NOTE: Saturday only)


MAD MAD: FURY ROAD (2015) at the IFC Center (Starts 11:30 PM)


THE SHINING (1980) at the IFC Center


TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (1970) at the IFC Center (35mm archival print)


THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas

The Spectacle Theater: review

(Picture by Nicole Disser *)

If you're planning on visiting the SPECTACLE THEATER in Williamsburg, Brookyln, don't walk too fast as you head up (or down) South 3rd Street, because there's a slight chance you'll miss it. Looking like a store front church (with movie posters instead of sermon titles and a black paint job in place of something like a 'Zion Pentecostal Temple' logo), the Spectacle is a former bodega that was transformed into a 30-seat theater back in 2010 by a group of film fanatics. Staffed entirely by volunteers (and recently saved from oblivion by a successful Kickstarter campaign), this tiny theater boasts a decent-sized screen and a to-die-for program if you're into offbeat cinema.

Most important to this blog is their weekend midnight film schedule, with a different film offered each Friday and Saturday night. After 5 years of wanting to check this place out, I finally had to chance and took it on Saturday, January 16th. As part of their month-long "Best of Spectacle 2015" series, I attended the notorious 1973 necrophilia epic LOVE ME DEADLY. There were about 15 people in attendance (so the place was half full), and while it was a digital screening (the Spectacle rarely does film prints, although there was a 16mm screening of HG Lewis' 1964 classic TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! last summer), the whole aura of the place greatly enhances the viewing experience. With exposed pipes, one wall unpainted, poor lighting (although I sense it's intentional) and a coed restroom located behind the screen, the Spectacle reminded me of a cross between a basement home theater and one of the sleazier cinemas during 42nd Street's heyday...but I don't say "sleazy" here as in gross: at the Spectacle the sleaze is clean fun (if that makes any sense?) and the crowd I shared the theater with at this particular screening was a lively bunch, which usually enhances an exploitation film. There's no snack bar, but some in attendance brought their own so I'll assume the theater doesn't frown upon outside goodies (just be cool and take your trash with you. And maybe bring something for the person manning the projection booth).

At just $5 a ticket (which are sold about 30 mins before each screening--no advanced sales) you basically can't go wrong. Located just a few blocks away from the Nitehawk Cinema, the Spectacle is a welcome addition to what continues to be the coolest area in the city. Here's hoping their midnight movie program stays afloat for a long time to come.
-Nick Cato


For showtimes and more info, visit their site at Spectacle Theater


The Spectacle's "S" logo "burns" on the screen between screenings.

The MIDNIGHT GRIND crew arrived early to check out the digs. In the back is the projectionist (whose name I regret not getting) who was very welcoming and thanked everyone for coming. You don't get that at a theater every day...


( * Picture at top of page originally appeared here: Bedford + Bowery)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NYC Midnight Offerings for the Weekend of January 15, 2016

Unless otherwise noted, all films screen Friday and Saturday at midnight...



DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968) at the IFC Center (35mm archival print / additional screening Sunday at midnight)


ALIEN (1979) at the IFC Center (Additional screening Sunday at midnight)


ALIENS (1986) at the IFC Center (Additional screening Sunday at midnight)


FIGHT CLUB (1999) at the IFC Center (Starts 11:30 PM / Additional screening Sunday at 11:30 PM)


MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988) at the IFC Center (NOTE: Friday only at 11:50 PM)


PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997) at the IFC Center (NOTE: Saturday only at 11:50 PM)


BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986) at the Landmark Sunshine (Additional screening Sunday at midnight)


Devilhelm (1999) at the Spectacle Theater (NOTE: Friday only)


LOVE ME DEADLY (1972) at the Spectacle Theater (NOTE: Saturday only)


POST TENEBRAS LUX (2012) at Videology Bar and Cinema (NOTE: Friday only)


TRASH HUMPERS (2009) at Videology Bar and Cinema (NOTE: Saturday only)


ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA 2 (1992) at the Nitehawk Cinema (35mm presentation)


BAND OF ROBBERS (2015) at the Nitehawk Cinema (NOTE: Friday only / Starts 12:25)


THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas



Monday, January 4, 2016

NYC Midnight Offerings for the Weekend of January 8, 2016

Unless otherwise noted, films play Friday and Saturday at Midnight





LOVE ME DEADLY (1973) at the Spectacle Theater (NOTE: Friday only)


THE VAN (1977) at the Spectacle Theater (NOTE: Saturday only)


IRON MONKEY (1993) at the Nitehawk Cinema (35mm presentation)


DARK CRYSTAL (1982) at the Landmark Sunshine


HORROR OF DRACULA (1958) at the IFC Center (Archival 35mm print)


FIGHT CLUB (1999) at the IFC Center


ALIEN (1979) at the IFC Center (Starts 11:30 PM)


MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988) at the IFC Center (NOTE: Friday only)


NAUSICCA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984) at the IFC Center (35mm presentation / NOTE: Friday only)


PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997) at the IFC Center (NOTE: Saturday only)

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas