APOLLO 11 Blasts Off This Week

Good Morning From Asbury Park!  

This week we open another in the new genre of documentaries assembled from never-before-seen or heard audio and video creating an entirely new view of an event.  In this case, it is the first moon landing that brought to fruition a 1963 projection by President John F. Kennedy.

APOLLO 11: A cinematic event, fifty years in the making, starting out with the audiotapes between NASA and the 3 astronauts, and developed into this documentary that is both immersive and technically captivating. Featuring never-before-seen film footage of one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments, this is a ‘behind the scenes’ of the Apollo 11 mission that was the first to get humankind to the moon. Film footage from 1969 was restored and colorized in incredible detail, putting you in the cockpit with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. “Apollo 11 isn’t like other documentaries about the first moon mission. In fact it isn’t like most other movies, period.” – Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com. LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.

A TUBA TO CUBA: The leader of New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band seeks to fulfill his late father’s dream of retracing their musical roots to the shores of Cuba in search of the indigenous music that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. The film celebrates the triumph of the human spirit expressed through the universal language of music and challenges us to resolve to build bridges, not walls. And as for hometown flavor, Toms River native Danny Clinch is one of the directors of this film. Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in the New York Times“High on music and hot with the thrill of discovery, A TUBA TO CUBA swarms with shiny happy people.” LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.

GRETA: After finding a lost purse, Frances (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young woman trying to make it on her own in the city, seeks out its owner. After finding its owner, a widow living alone named Greta (Isabelle Huppert), the two become quick friends. But Frances quickly discovers a dark secret that Greta is harboring. Rex Reed from the Observer lets us know that “It’s a nail-biter that sends ice down the spine and proves that in the hands of a master director, any genre is capable of achieving new heights of imagination.”   LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.


Next up for our late fright night Fridays –  GRAVEYARD SHIFT PRESENTS: THE EXORCIST –FRIDAY, MARCH 15 AT 10:00PM.  This 1973 classic captured audiences and explored the little then known Catholic practice of exorcism, or the method used by priests to rid the body of demons.    When a 12 year old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. Starring Ellen Burstyn and Max von Sydow. See if the special effects still have the power to make you jump out of your seat!!!! LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS.

HORROR CHURCH PRESENTS: SON OF FRANKENSTEIN – SUNDAY, MARCH 17 AT 11:00AM – The third of the Frankenstein series,  this film unties for the last time, Boris Karloff as the monster with Bela Lagosi as the character, Ygor.  Ygor is a demented blacksmith, who while sentenced to death for a grave robbing, nonetheless survives, leaving him garishly deformed as the result of the bungled hanging and obsessed by the jury who convicted him.  The heir to the family castle looking to clear his father’s name, Baron Wolf von Frankenstein, is played by a young Basil Rathbone.  Frankenstein finds his father’s monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor, who is bent on revenge. Starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS.

REEL JERSEY GIRLS: March 17th at 3:00pm, come join the Fort Lee Film Commission/ Barrymore Film Center and us for a day of celebrating the phenomenal work the women of NJ have done in the film industry. Festivities begins with the screening the 1912 short ALGIE THE MINER, a short film directed by Alice Guy Blache, the first female studio owner, who ran Solax Studios in Fort Lee, NJ. Then, writer/director Jenna Laurenzo, a NJ native, will introduce and screen her film LEZ BOMB, the story of a closeted gay woman that brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving dinner. Afterwards, Laurenzo will do a Q&A session, and will be presented the 2019 Alice Guy Blache Award by the BFC. Program sponsored by Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, Fortune Web Marketing, Medusa Stone Fired Kitchen, Purple Glaze Donuts, Revelation Creative, Sea + Green, words! Bookstore. LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS.

JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE:  ELECTRIC CHURCH – SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH 7:30PM. Electric Church presents the legendary guitarist in full flight at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival before the largest US audience of his career. This critically acclaimed film combines color, 16mm multi-camera footage of Hendrix unforgettable July 4, 1970 concert in its original performance sequence together with a new documentary that traces his journey to the festival amidst the dark shadow of civil rights unrest, the relenting toll of the Vietnam War and a burgeoning festival culture that drew together young people across the country who were inspired by the Woodstock festival. The performance footage of the Experience has been carefully restored from the original negative in high definition. The audio soundtrack includes stereo and 5.1 surround mixes by Eddie Kramer directly from the original master tapes. This special one night only screening is sponsored by Purple Glaze Donuts, but of course. LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS.

311:  Enlarged to Show Detail 3 – Sunday, March 31st – 7:00pm. Nearing their 30-year anniversary in summer 2020, alternative rockers 311—boasting a lineup of all five original members, 10 consecutive Top 10 albums and a hybrid groundbreaking musical-style–are heading for the big screen. ETSD3 illustrates and solidifies the indelible relationship between 311 and their fans, as the film fuses together high-energy concert footage with revealing off-stage moments, including exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes clips and footage from the road, the studio and the musician’s homes.  With the first show sold out, this second show still has some tickets left, but we encourage you not to wait if you are a fan. LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS.

NEW PARKING PROTOCOL:In case you haven’t noticed parking on the streets of Asbury Park is now based on your license plate number.  Take a photo with your smart phone if you have trouble remembering because that is the information you first put into the parking pay station.  Then you simply indicate how many hours you expect to be in town and the hours get charged to your credit card.  If you have the Asbury Park app, you still will need to know your space number

FUTURE FILMS WE ARE ANTICIPATING: Movies listed as “Coming Soon” are films The ShowRoom Cinema would like to present and is actively trying to book. However, we don’t always know if or when we will be able to actually get them from distributors. We set showtimes on a week-by-week basis and will announce them as soon as we can confirm them. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We look forward to bringing these films to THE SHOWROOM CINEMA and want you to know how much you support our theater by seeing them with us:   GLORIA BELL, THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, UNDER THE EIFFEL TOWER, EVERYBODY KNOWS, CLIMAX, THE WEDDING GUEST, WOMAN AT WAR, THE AFTERMATH, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, AMAZING GRACE.


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