Good Morning From Asbury Park!


SHOPLIFTERS:  This weekend The Showroom brings to the screen international film from Japanese visionary Hirokazu Kore-eda. SHOPLIFTERS tells the story of the impoverished Shibata family, who barely scrape by on their grandmother’s pension. One day, while shoplifting groceries, the family discovers a little girl with clear signs of having been abused. Despite their rough financial situation, the family decides to adopt the girl. Get a jump on watching all the nominated films for an Oscar this year, as SHOPLIFTERS is Japan’s submission for Best Foreign Film at the 2019 Academy Awards. SHOPLIFTERS has been nominated by The Golden Globes in the category of Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language. At the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France, SHOPLIFTERS was awarded the Palme d’Or, the highest prize the festival awards, and one of the most sought after prizes in all of cinema. Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson and IndieWire’s David Ehrlich both named SHOPLIFTERS as one of the Top 5 films of 2018. “Never preachy or resolute, this is a haunting film about abandoned people, and the beautiful things that are lost and found between them — it’s a film that asks its audience to reflect on where they belong, and on what belongs to them.” –  David Ehrlich, IndieWire. LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.

MARIA BY CALLAS:  The acclaimed documentary about the life and times of opera’s most famous diva makes its way to Asbury Park. The debut film from director Tom Volf follows the life of the Greek-American singer Maria Callas. Using never before seen home video footage, interviews, and personal diary excerpts, get a peek behind the curtain of the life of a star. “A full-throated defense of a tarnished icon, a complex woman who never got what she deserved. Her life had an operatic quality that might seem fitting, but it wasn’t always fair.”  – Scott Tobias, Variety. LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TAILER.

THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET:  Audiences keep walking in to see this one, and so the story of Matt Green who walks every road in New York City is held over another week! If you’ve ever found yourself on a street in NYC that you had never been on before, you will appreciate the feeling as interested bystanders marvel at Matt’s quest.  Boasting the ever-so-rare 100% Rotten Tomatoes score, THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET solidifies itself as one of the best documentaries of the year, in a year heavily populated by impressive documentaries. “The World Before Your Feet fully exploits the geographic, thematic, and human-interest variety of its subject’s grand project, while Workman’s cinematography and editing achieve impressive textural variations in themselves.”  – Dennis Harvey, Variety.  LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?:  Golden Globes has nominated Melissa McCarthy in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? in their Best actress in a motion picture category.  Richard E. Grant has been nominated by the Golden Globes as Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Audiences and critics alike can’t quit this Melissa McCarthy showcase, so we won’t entirely either. While we are only hosting limited showings of this movie in the coming week, you still have plenty of opportunities to catch the critically revered story of author Lee Israel.  LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.



On December 10, for one night only, we will host HORN FROM THE HEART: THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD STORY. Horn from the Heart dives deep into the life of blues musician Paul Butterfield. Arguably the best blues harmonica player to ever live, get first-hand accounts from friends and family as they tell the story of a legend gone too early.  SPECIAL GUEST: World renowned NJ-based blues musician Rob Paparazzi will host a live talk-back Q&A. Don’t find yourself sold out, buy your tickets early at our website or box office. LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.

The first one was a runaway success; so on Friday, December 14 at 10pm sees the return of our new series GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the late night classic horror fare for those who prefer to sleep in on the weekends.This month we continue our John Carpenter showcase with PRINCE OF DARKNESSone of the prolific director’s most underrated films. Starring horror icon and frequent John Carpenter collaborator Donald Pleasence, with a supporting role by rock musician and scary makeup aficionado, Alice Cooper; this is a must-see event for any die-hard horror fans. Sponsored by: Groovy Graveyard, Kill Screen Games, Rebel Supply, Red Rose Bakery, Shorline Media.  LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.

Our longstanding Sunday morning series HORROR CHURCH continues our exploration of the Universal Monsters films with THE INVISIBLE MAN on Sunday, December 16at 11am. Based on the story by the great H.G. Wells, this Claude Rains and Gloria Stuart classic is can’t miss. The audience for these films is becoming friends and we enjoy hosting a place where a new generation of classic horror fans can meet and howl with delight. Sponsored by Ed Johnson AP International. LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.


FREE PARKINGDon’t forget! There is free parking every Saturday through Christmas between 12pm and 6pm. On Christmas Day and New Years Day, it is free all day. Spend your weekends leading up to the holiday in our lovely little town, eating at one of the stellar establishments in every price range, get your shopping for the others on your list checked-off, and then treat yourself to one of our handpicked movies.

THE SHOWROOM CINEMA GIFT CARD: And while you’re out shopping, don’t forget to stop in and load up on the “perfect” stocking stuffer. Add in some extra for our uniquely incredible edibles and you’re sending the gift of independent cinema entertainment to those special people on your list.


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:    THE FAVOURITE; BEN IS BACK; WELCOME TO MARWEN;  ON THE BASIS OF SEX; AT ETERNITY’S GATE;  IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK;  GREEN BOOK; THE OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS.



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