[Avon-theatre-news] AVON THEATRE NEWS--NOV. 14th

Skip Huston Skip at TheAvon.com
Thu Nov 13 01:04:46 EST 2008

Showtimes, Programs, Erudition and Miscellaneous Folderol 
"All of Life's Answers are in the Movies!"  -Dr. Skippy P. Huston
Check out our cool website at: www.TheAvon.com

                               ROCKnROLLA (R) Gerard Butler in a New British Crime Thriller!! (ONE-WEEK-ONLY!!)
CONTINUING: CHANGELING (R) Angelina Jolie electrifies in the new Clint Eastwood movie!
                        TRANSSIBERIAN (R) Three More Days Only of the Surprise Hit Thriller!!
COMING SOON: AUSTRALIA (PG13) The New Epic Romance with Hugh Jackman & Nicole Kidman
                          FOUR CHRISTMASES (PG13) Hilarious Holiday Comedy with Vince Vaughn & Reese Witherspoon!!

                      That's right, Best-Selling Author, and the star of TV's "Burn Notice", and literally dozens and dozens of movies will be making his THIRD appearance at the Avon with his groovy new movie "My Name is Bruce". Bruce is ALWAYS a sure-fire sell-out, and, with over 2 1/2 weeks to go, we are already over 30% sold-out!! (We have 708 seats available).
Tickets are only $20 to actually meet Bruce and see his new movie! His current tour was just written up in last week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, and the Avon is the ONLY downstate Illinois theater he will be appearing!!!
Buy tickets ONLINE by following this link: https://www.prairieghosts.com/bruce.html  OR, take your chances and come to the door on the night of Dec. 1st (you better be early) - OR- Come to the Avon box-office RIGHT NOW and get tickets!!
This will be a "can't miss it" event for all of you fans of Bruce!!
(If you don't know who he is, then don't mess with it. We need the seats for those who do know!)

QUANTUM OF SOLACE (PG13) I have to confess that I was getting pretty burned-out with the whole James Bond thing. I saw DR. NO when I was a kid in the early 1960's, and I have been following the series all this time. I thought Sean Connery was the best Bond for a long time. I did not like Roger Moore (too cutesy), and Pierce Brosnan never came off as really dangerous enough. Timothy Dalton was good, but no one else seemed to think so, and George Lazenby's one shot at the role was actually pretty promising...
I didn't see CASINO ROYALE when it first came out. We didn't play it at the Avon, and I was not about to set foot on "enemy territory"!!
-So, I finally saw it about a year ago in my basement theater.
(Not as good an option as seeing it on the Avon's biggest screen in the area, for sure!)
Let me tell you: DANIEL CRAIG has single-handedly re-energized the series!
I am SO EXCITED about this new entry, that I feel like I have never seen a Bond film before!
Craig's Bond is MEAN.
You don't swill Martinis with this guy, you run for your life!!
He's on a revenge mission in this entry, and boy, does he kick some butt!
This movie will be one of the biggest of the year, and we are so glad we are playing it!
(Showtimes in brackets are $5.50 'Bargain Matinees")

FRI: (4:00) - 7:00 
SAT & SUN: (1:00) - (4:00) - 7:00
MON thru THURS: 7:15
CHANGELING (R) Clint Eastwood's latest masterwork starring ANGELINA JOLIE in a true-life kidnapping story set in Los Angeles in 1928, is a "must see". This may be the last week for it, so, what are you waiting for?
Look for this one to figure big at the Oscars this year!
(Showtimes in brackets are $5.50 'Bargain Matinees")

FRI: (4:15) - 7:15  
SAT & SUN: (1:15) - (4:15) - 7:15
MON, TUES & WED: 6:30
THURS: 7:00
ROCKnROLLA (R) Many of you know how I love to find those "overlooked" films. I have even taught a class on them for the past 6 Summers! Here is a British crime caper movie with GERARD BUTLER and TOM WILKINSON that will knock you out! Just like last week's newsletter, I will let you see what internationally-known film critic Leonard Maltin had to say about this one:
ROCKNROLLA - Those of us who reveled in the audacity of Guy Ritchie's early, explosive British gangster films (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch) will welcome his return to form with Rocknrolla, a heady mix of colorful characters, ricocheting plot points, and in-your-face action. 
Gerard Butler and Idris Elba play One-Two and Mumbles, a couple of ready-for-anything guys whose nicknames are never explained. They're hired by slick money-mover Thandie Newton to pull off a daring robbery that sets many wheels in motion, and threatens to blow up in all of their faces. Meanwhile, old-school crime boss Tom Wilkinson tries to show the new guy in town-a Russian with oodles of money-that he still pulls the strings. 

This densely-plotted movie requires narration to identify all of its characters and their relation to one another; the expanse of this ensemble is almost worthy of Dickens, ranging from a mind-blown rock star to a civil servant on the take. The picture might have been improved by some tightening, but the patient viewer will be rewarded with the kind of gut-level satisfaction Ritchie's characters themselves enjoy. Ritchie withholds the graphic use of violence until the climax, when it hits us right between the eyes. The end title promises a reunion of the main characters in a sequel which hasn't yet been scheduled (Ritchie is going mainstream-so it seems-with a new film about Sherlock Holmes) but if and when it comes to pass, I'll be among the first in line to see it. -Leonard Maltin (used with permission)
(Showtimes in brackets are $5.50 'Bargain Matinees")
FRI: 7:30 
SAT & SUN: (1:30) - 7:30
MON, TUES & WED: 6:40
TRANSSIBERIAN (R) Ok, ok: You asked for some matinees of this little "discovery" of mine, and we decided it should be done so that many of you who can only come during the day can see this excellent "Hitchcockian" thriller before it is gone for good! I was flabbergasted at the response to this last week, and, even though there are some "white knuckle" moments that sent a couple of you to the lobby for a few minutes, this is a well-crafted suspense film that deserves to be seen! WOODY HARRELSON and BEN KINGSLEY, and that Siberian landscape where anything can happen...
(Showtimes in brackets are $5.50 'Bargain Matinees")
FRI, SAT & SUN: (4:30) (ENDS SUNDAY!!)

1.) The Avon Theatre will be 92 years old this Thanksgiving.

2.) The Huston family's tenure of operating the Avon will celebrate its 10th anniversary in April.

3.) The Avon Twin Theaters were 4 years old last October.

4.) The Avon has been written up in numerous national and international publications, and is featured in segments on the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel.

5.) The Avon's popcorn is truly a work of art. Our popcorn is 2nd to no one, local or not. We use only the most expensive ultra-quality hybrid corns, and pop in the most premium popping oil you can use (Sunflower Oil from ADM, no less!). We never skimp on quality ingredients, yet our prices are lower than all the others with their inferior "styrofoam" corn!

6.) The vast majority of the fabulous and unparalleled Avon operations staff is women.

7.) The Avon has brought over HALF-A-MILLION ticket buyers to downtown Decatur since April of 1999.

8.) There have been at least 5 major movie stars visit the Avon in the past 9 1/2 years. Some of whom you know about (Bruce Campbell and Gary Sinise) and the others were there as customers, and went undetected in the dark. More will be coming soon, however.  :-)

9.) The Richland-at-the-Avon Film Classes taught by Avon Impresario and Film Historian Skip Huston, are now in their 7th year.

10.) All of those incredible candy-corn popcorn flavors like "Banana Split Corn", "Cherry Chocolate Corn", "Caramel Apple Corn"  and on and on and on are ALL concocted by my daughter Melissa Huston-Rinchiuso! 
24 years ago, when Sue and I had our popcorn shop in Ashland, Oregon, we called Melissa "baby popcorn" . It's in her blood. She can do things with popcorn the competition can only dream about. 

Just a Few Reasons to Visit Us This Weekend, Folks!!
I'll Be Looking for YOU!!

-Skip Huston

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