JOY

February 19th, 2016

JLaw, actress of the people, returns to the Palace silver screen in her latest critically acclaimed dramatic comedic role. “Joy” runs Friday, February 19 through Thursday, February 25 at 7 pm, and Monday, February 22 at 1 pm.

Jennifer Lawrence is Joy Mangano in this film based on the true story of the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. Saddled with a dysfunctional family to support, Joy creates her own future in the unknown world of business and commerce. Like a first-time lottery winner, along the way she must deal with inevitable lying, betrayal, and disloyalty.

Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper, Virginia Madsen and Diane Ladd round out an unequaled supporting cast. “Joy” runs two hours and is rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

MARCH

Be sure to check the online schedule. Following a three-day run of “13 Hours,” we are closed the first week of March for the ACT I production of “Rex’s Exes.” Sunday, March 6 “Hail, Caesar” opens for five nights and a Monday matinee. Our regular schedule then resumes with “Zoolander 2,” “Kung Fu Panda 3,” and “Gods of Egypt.”

VOLUNTEERS

We are currently in need of two regular volunteers in concessions – Friday night, cash register and Saturday night, butter. Please email managers@vintonpalace.org if you are interested.

DADDY’S HOME

February 12th, 2016

Join us for a light-hearted laugh, with “Daddy’s Home,” playing the Palace Friday, February 12 through Thursday, February 18 at 7 pm, and Monday, February 15 at 2 pm.

Will Ferrell is up to his usual shenanigans as the oh-so-nice and whimpy stepdad Brad, in competition with super cool real dad Dusty Mayron, played by Mark Wahlberg. The set-up is hilarious, just check out the preview. This comedy hit is sure to bring a warm smile on a cold, gloomy February day.

“Daddy’s Home” is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, crude and suggestive content, and language. Leave your youngest with grandma, but enjoy a night out with your preteen!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Palace is currently in need of a regular volunteer for both Friday (cash register) and Saturday (butter) evenings. Reply to this email if you are interested!

TOMORROWLAND

June 12th, 2015

Futuristic whirlwind meets nostalgic amusement park ride in this charming and energetic family film based on Disneyland’s Tomorrowland.

“Tomorrowland” opens Friday, June 12 through Thursday, June 18 at 7 pm nightly and Monday, June 15 at 2 pm. Rated PG and running just over two hours, this flight of fancy is perfect for all but our youngest patrons.

George Clooney portrays scientist with a secret, Frank Walker, and Britt Robertson (she recently graced the Palace silver screen in “The Longest Ride”) is teenager Casey Newton who seeks his assistance and knowledge. Together the two embark on a dangerous journey to discover the secrets of “Tomorrowland.” Hugh Laurie (Dr. House) plays villain David Nix.

THE POPCORN’S HOT BUT THE HOUSE IS COOOOOL!

Thank you, thank you to the generous Palace supporters who recently donated to our Palace Sustaining Membership Drive. Our two new auditorium HVAC units were installed this week and it is now sweet and cool in the theatre once again.

FREE PRIVATE SHOWING

Yes, we are still accepting contributions to cover the cost of the new heating and cooling system and projector server. In fact, to boost Palace coffers before the end of our fiscal year, Gerald and Marcy have decided to offer a FREE PRIVATE SHOWING of any movie within the next calendar year to any business or individual who gives $1000 or more! Donations may be made at the Palace Theatre box office (210 W 4th St, Vinton, IA 52349) or at www.vintonpalace.org. See Marcy for specific FREE PRIVATE SHOWING details!

BRINTON SILENT FILM PROJECT & FURIOUS 7

April 21st, 2015

Remember, you only have two more chances to catch “HOME 3D” – tonight and Wednesday at 7 pm! This animated delight has drawn big crowds for every showing.

THE BRINTON SILENT FILM PROJECT featuring Red Cedar Chamber Music takes both the stage and screen on Thursday at 7 PM. Gerald and I had a chance to meet with John Hegarty, who portrays film archivist Frank Brinton, and film owner and historian, Michael Zahs, last evening in preparation for Thursday’s event. This one-of -a-kind production promises to both entertain and inform.

While Hegarty and Zahs have actively been promoting and showing their silent film project across the state of Iowa in libraries and other community venues, the Palace Theatre will be the first big screen to showcase the production. The restored silent films, dramas and comedies, special effects and magic, appear remarkably crisp on the Palace silver screen.

Gerald and I received just a tease of information regarding the presentation from the two visiting historians, and look forward to meeting the three musicians, flutist Jan Boland, guitarist John Dowdall and cellist Carey Bostian, who will bring life to the silent movies for the first time in more than 100 years.

We hope you’ll join us for this unique event. Tickets are $10 at the door or online at www.vintonpalace.org. FYI – online fees have been removed for this special showing.

FURIOUS 7

“Furious 7,” the last in the “Fast and Furious” series starring the deceased Paul Walker, plays THREE DAYS ONLY on Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26 at 7 pm. The Palace will be closed to movies next week as ACT I takes the stage. “Life and Beth” opens Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3.

“Furious 7” will pick up again on Sunday, May 3 at 7 pm and run through Thursday, May 7 at 7 pm, and Monday, May 4 at 2 pm.

MAY

May continues with “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” “The Longest Ride,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “Pitch Perfect 2.”

INSURGENT

April 10th, 2015

“Insurgent,” sequel to last year’s “Divergent,” storms the Palace screen Friday, April 10 through Thursday, April 16 at 7 pm, and Monday, April 13 at 2 pm. Rated PG-13 for action violence, language, and some adult themes including sex, with a running time of two hours, this movie is targeted for the young adult audience.

Based on the popular teen lit novels by Veronica Roth, The Divergent Series holds wide appeal and resonates with both kids and adults. It works both ways – seeing the movie inspired my son to read the books, reading the books creates huge excitement for the movie release.

Following “Insurgent,” we still have the third in the series, “Allegiant” to come, which I have read will be split into two movies. To adequately cover the material? The popcorn is hot and buttery either way!

ANOTHER PAJAMA PARTY

It was too much fun last time, so we’re doing it again. Wear your jammies to “HOME” next week and receive a FREE LAFFY TAFFY!

PALACE THEATRE SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP

Thank you! Your generous donations enable the Palace Theatre to continue its mission to provide low cost first run movies and live theatre to all. It’s not too late to contribute by using the convenient DONATE NOW button in this email. You may also mail your donation to Palace Theatre, 210 W 4th St, Vinton, IA 52349, or simply drop a check at the box office.

If you are unable to make a monetary contribution at this time, there is still one important way you can support the Palace Theatre – COME SEE A MOVIE! The theatre managers have a nightly attendance goal of 100 patrons. Due to the advent of big screen televisions, home theatres, and on-demand Internet streaming media our numbers often fall short.

Thank you for your continue support.

CINDERELLA

April 2nd, 2015

We’ve finally found the glass slipper! “Cinderella,” with a PG rating and running time of 105 minutes, dashes gracefully into the Palace Friday, April 3 through Thursday, April 9 at 7 pm, and Monday, April 6 at 2 pm.

Fairy tale skeptics who feel they’ve seen and heard it all before aught give Kenneth Branagh’s latest foray a chance. He sweeps away the ashes and makes the traditional storyline work with the help of a few capable mice, a magic pumpkin, and an immensely popular and gloriously talented cast.

Downton’s Lady Rose herself, Lily James, portrays the lovely and charming, courageous and ever-so-nice Cinderella, with “Game of Thrones’” Robb Stark, Richard Madden, as the handsome prince. Cate Blanchett is gorgeous and glamorous as Lady Tremaine, the evil stepmother, and Helena Bonham Carter delights as the sassy, silly Fairy Godmother.

Patrons young and old are invited to the Palace ball! Purchase your tickets in advance, online or at the box office, to assure your favorite seats.

BRINTON SILENT FILM PROJECT COMES TO VINTON APRIL 23

Red Cedar Chamber Music brings The Brinton Silent Film Project to the Palace Theatre on Thursday, April 23 at 7 pm.

The Brinton Silent Film Project features Red Cedar Trio members, flutist Jan Boland, guitarist John Dowdall and cellist Carey Bostian, performing live to accompany “an exceptionally rare, perhaps unique, collection” of silent films from 1895-1910. These films, being viewed for the first time in over 100 years, comprise “perhaps the most significant collection of early films in the world.”

Film owner and historian Michael Zahs will also be on hand to discuss the films and John Hegarty will portray Frank Brinton, the original owner of the films who showed them across Iowa from 1895-1910. The concert features the premiere of new music by Harvey Sollberger, which accompanies four of the films.

Arrangements by Boland and Dowdall and music from Red Cedar Chamber Music’s repertory complement the remaining 18 silent films, ranging in length from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. The films include comedy, drama, special effects, foreign scenes and magic by Georges Méliès, whose life story was featured in the film Hugo.

Ticket for this special concert film may be purchased now, online or at the box office, for $10.

PALACE THEATRE SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP

Thank you! Your generous donations enable the Palace Theatre to continue its mission to provide low cost first run movies and live theatre to all. It’s not too late to contribute by using the convenient DONATE NOW button in this email. You may

also mail your donation to Palace Theatre, 210 W 4th St, Vinton, IA 52349, or simply drop a check at the box office.

If you are unable to make a monetary contribution at this time, there is still one important way you can support the Palace Theatre – COME SEE A MOVIE! The theatre managers have a nightly attendance goal of 100 patrons. Due to the advent of big screen televisions, home theatres, and on-demand Internet streaming media our numbers often fall short.

Thank you for your continue support.

PADDINGTON

March 27th, 2015

Please note our schedule change this week. “Cinderella” is postponed until April 3.

In the meantime, here comes “Paddington!” Opening Friday, March 27 and running through Thursday, April 2 at 7 pm, and Monday, March 30 at 2 pm, the hilarious misadventures of the lovable storybook bear will not disappoint.

Voiced by Colin Firth, with Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, and Jim Broadbent, critics loved this movie with an almost perfect score of 98%!

Sweet, amusing, and classy. The sort of movie kids will still love when they’re old and cynical. ~Scott Weinberg

If your children say they don’t want to see Paddington send them to their room sans supper. ~Christian Toto

This delightful live-action adaptation of the series of children’s books by Michael Bond has a relaxed pace that shows affection for both its title character and his audience. ~Todd Jorgenson

Rated PG and running 95 minutes, this charming film about a young bear who travels to the city looking for a new start, only to find himself lost and alone, is perfect for even our youngest patrons.

PALACE SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP

Much thanks to those who have already donated! The Palace managers and trustees are overwhelmed by your generosity and continued support of our mission to provide low cost entertainment and maintain our beautiful facility.

McFARLAND, USA

March 20th, 2015

The Palace Theatre is pleased to welcome coaches John Frazier and Jeff Mangold and the Vinton-Shellsburg Cross Country team for next week’s run of “McFarland, USA.”

This inspirational, feel-good film starring Kevin Costner races onscreen Friday, March 20 through Thursday, March 26 at 7 pm, and Monday, March 23 at 2 pm. “McFarland, USA” is rated PG and runs 129 minutes.

We are confident the VSHS cross country runners will keep pace in concessions with our regular Palace volunteers, but thank you in advance for your patience with these hard working competitors. It’s the off season, you know!

Costner’s Coach Jim White has a quick temper that gets him in trouble and lands him in rural Southern California, where, surrounded by Latinos, his name quickly becomes the new school joke. Although there may be no future for football in McFarland (his sport of choice), Coach White soon notices how quickly his hard-working students literally race to help their parents after school on the produce farms. An idea and new passion is discovered. White sets out to learn all he can about cross country and the lives of his farming families. The caring coach hopes to inspire new confidence and a winning spirit for the whole community by capitalizing on the strength and endurance of his students.

This is the type of film that Disney does best. Regular movie-goers are loving “McFarland, USA.” Critics give it high praise as well:

Kevin Costner reaches a welcome career high in this new movie, a live-action based-on-a-true-story inspirational tale of school sports, produced by Disney. ~Glenn Kenny

In a time when organized school, college, and professional sports are tainted by corruption, this is a throwback to sports movies of old. It inspires us, and shows us we are stronger united than we are when we are divided. ~ Robert Roten

The first great film of 2015. Kevin Costner knows his way around this kind of story and is wonderful. Inspiring. ~ Pete Hammond

It will make you want to sign up for a 5K immediately after…hopefully you have the endurance to finish. Or Bull Durham as your coach… ~Mark Ellis

Special thanks to Coach Frazier for organizing his runners to sponsor the show and inviting other area cross country teams to watch “McFarland, USA” at the Palace. Please come out and show your support of VSHS Cross Country!

PAJAMA PARTY AT THE PALACE! The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

March 13th, 2015

“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” sails into the Palace Friday, March 13 through Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm, and Monday, March 16 at 2 pm.

Wear your PJs and receive a FREE Laffy Taffy!

This PG 3D offering, running just 93 minutes, remains true to the well-loved series, with puns and sight gags and fun for the whole family!

From Film Critic Christy Lemire:

I brought my 5-year-old son and one of his little school buddies to a recent screening and they were literally jumping up and down, dancing and giggling their heads off. In theory, this is all that matters. But “SpongeBob” often also works on a much more adult level with subversive humor and pop-culture references that surely will go over your young ones’ heads.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this week, but remember this surefire way to entice the kids back indoors for their school night bedtime. “Quick, get your jammies on! We’re going to the movie!”

And yes, Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, Weird Uncle Wally – anyone in jammies gets a FREE Laffy Taffy! I’m definitely wearing mine!

FYI – Sweats and Yoga pants don’t qualify. Must wear PJs to receive a Laffy Taffy!

THE IMITATION GAME

March 5th, 2015

While this year we are not having an Oscar Month, as such, with “The Imitation Game” the Palace screens another of the Academy’s 2014 favorites. Running on a shortened schedule due to ACT I’s “Dates With a Nut,” this movie plays Sunday, March 8 through Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm, and Monday, March 9 at 2 pm.

“The Imitation Game” received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Benedict Cumberbatch (my second favorite Sherlock) was nominated for Best Actor for his role as British genius mathematician Alan Turing, and Kiera Knightley (check her out with Mark Ruffalo in “Begin Again”) as Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Joan Clarke.

Downton Abbey fans will enjoy Allen Leech (Branson the Irish chauffeur-turned-aristocrat) and Matthew Goode (Henry Talbot) as Turing’s fellow code breakers.

This crowd pleasing historical drama is fraught with mystery and suspense. In the winter of 1952 British police investigated a supposed burglary at the home of WWII hero Turing, pioneer of the modern computer, and instead ended up arresting him for gross indecency.

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and sexual references, “The Imitation Game” runs 1 hour and 54 minutes.

Reminder: NO MOVIE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT

The ACT I of Benton County community theatre group performs “Dates With a Nut” Thursday through Saturday at 7 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets may be purchased at www.act1.org or by calling 319/214-0096.