The Reg Lenna Civic Center will bring area residents a lineup of Oscar-winning and nominated films in its upcoming movie series.
The Movies at the Center spring series begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with showings of “Skyfall.” The film, which features Daniel Craig as James Bond, won two Oscars for sound editing and Adele’s song “Skyfall.”
According to Lynn Warner, Reg Lenna’s box office manager, the Reg Lenna tries to host a combination of arthouse films and wide public releases. The goal is to provide a variety of films that different demographics of the community will enjoy.
“We usually try to have films that had some form of attention at the Oscars during our spring series,” said Warner. “But, between our fall, winter and spring series we’ve had virtually all of the Oscar contenders here on the big screen in the beautiful setting that is the Reg Lenna.”
The series will continue on several other Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. On April 12 and 13, the center will show “Zero Dark Thirty.” The film, which follows an elite team of intelligence and military operatives searching for Osama Bin Laden, won an Oscar for sound editing, and was nominated for several more including best picture.
On April 19 and 20 the center will show “Les Miserables.” The musical drama is set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, and stars Hugh Jackman who was nominated for actor in a lead role. The film features Anne Hathaway as a supporting actress, who won an Oscar for her performance. The film also won Oscars for makeup and hairstyling and sound mixing. It was nominated for best picture, costume design, original music and production design.
April 26 and 27 will bring Quentin Taratino’s “Django Unchained,” which stars Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz. The story follows Foxx, who portrays a slave living in the South two years before the Civil War. Waltz, who played Dr. King Schultz, won an Oscar for actor in a supporting role. It also won writing for an original screenplay. The film was nominated for best picture, cinematography and sound editing.
“Amour,” a drama and romance, will show at the center on May 3 and 4. The film follows a couple in their 80s who are retired music teachers. “Amour” won an Oscar for best foreign language film. It stars Emmanuelle Riva, who was nominated for actress in a leading role. It was also nominated for best picture, directing and writing of an original screenplay.
The final showings of the spring Movies at the Center series will be held on May 10 and 11. “Silver Linings Playbook,” which stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, follows a man who has lost everything over the course of the eight months he spent in a state institution. Lawrence won an Oscar for actress in a leading role, while Cooper was nominated for actor in a leading role. Robert De Niro was nominated for actor in a supporting role, and Jacki Weaver for actress in a supporting role. The film was nominated for best picture, directing, film editing and writing.
The spring film series ends in May. Movies at the Center will continue in the fall. According to Warner, depending on what is currently happening in regards to theaters making a transition from 35mm film to digital, there is possibility that the winter series will be the last shown in 35mm. The center is currently hosting a campaign to raise funds to purchase a new digital projector, which could cost up to $70,000, and must be made as 35mm film will no longer be produced after 2013.
“We’ve had some generous donations from the community, and literally change out of people’s pockets,” said Warner. “We’re also approaching some community funding sources to get bigger contributions. But, we’ve had a lot of verbal support from the community who have been saying that this is a vital, quality of life issue, for us to see this be a success. And, I forsee it happening because for a lot of people the alternative is not acceptable.”
Frank Besse, of the Chautauqua County Roller Derby, approved making the Reg Lenna’s digital projector fund its official charity for its first home bout of the season on May 4. Also, the Jamestown Paranormal Investigators have made a proposal to hold a ticketed investigation event at the Reg Lenna with proceeds going to the digital campaign.
Those who wish to make a donation can visit www.reglenna.com and click on the button labeled “donate.” In addition to supporting the theater by making donations, area residents can also purchase tickets to one of the upcoming film showings. For more information call 484-7070.
Tickets to each film are $7 for adults and $6 for students. The Reg Lenna Civic Center is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.