Support Independent Theaters Now: Edmond Town Hall Theatre Presents Brazilian Western - Virtually
Edmond Town Hall Theatre (ETH), 45 Main Street, will present a virtual screening of the movie Bacurau, beginning Friday, May 1, and running through Thursday, May 14, allowing ETH supporters to enjoy the movie from the comfort and safety of their home.
The program, known as Kino Marquee, is part of an effort developed by movie distributor Kino Lober, Inc to help independent theaters such as ETH continue to offer movies and generate revenue during the COVID-19 closure.
Kino Lober will create a virtual screening room for ETH and share 50 percent of gains, or about $6 after costs. Tickets will cost $12 and buyers will be able to view the movie on their smart TVs or mobile devices for a total of five days. Theater supporters will be able to purchase tickets to the virtual screening room on the ETH website www.edmondtownhall.org/movies or on the Facebook page.
Bacurau is an art house mystery thriller western set in Brazil. It has won many awards and has been seen by millions. The film has English subtitles and is unrated, but it is intended for mature audiences since the content includes violence, nudity, and sex scenes.
“We don’t see this as a video-on-demand option, but rather as an extension of, or temporary alternative to, a brick and mortar theatrical engagement,” said Chris Mason Wells, director of Theatrical Sales at Kino Lober.
“We miss seeing our patrons and look forward to the day when we can have everyone in our theater again and we can once again host milestone celebrations for our community. The Kino Marquee is one way that we can keep a connection with our audience and supporters during the COVID-19 closure,” said Jennifer Chaudhary, chairman of the Board of Managers, which has oversight over Edmond Town Hall.
Edmond Town Hall, completed in 1931 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places has served as the center of the community and the heart of Newtown since its inception by providing generations of residents and neighbors with governmental services space; affordable family entertainment through its theater; sports opportunities in its gymnasium; and, elegant space for gatherings, fundraisers, civic events, or to celebrate life events.