Remodeled Neptune opens with 'Rocky Horror'
The newly remodeled Neptune Theatre has its grand opening this weekend with a variety of events, including one sure to appeal to nostalgic...
Seattle Times movie critic
The newly remodeled Neptune Theatre has its grand opening this weekend with a variety of events, including one sure to appeal to nostalgic former residents of the U District: a free Sunday screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" — a longtime midnight staple at the theater, back in the day. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., with costume contests, free stylings from hair and makeup artists and props. Go and do the Time Warp, again. 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle (www.stgpresents.org or 206-682-1414).
SIFF presents two mini-festivals this weekend. The Festival of New Spanish Cinema, screening at SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall, offers a selection of eight films Friday through Sunday, ranging from the musical comedy "With or Without Love" to the horror-cult film "Who Can Kill a Child?" to the closing-night film "The Great Vázquez," a biopic about '60s Barcelona cartoonist Manuel Vázquez Gallego. Tickets are $10 ($9 students/seniors).
And, a few steps away at the new SIFF Film Center is a series of films on architecture and design, happening in tandem with the Seattle Design Festival (www.seattledesignfestival.org). Eight documentaries will be shown, including the Seattle premieres of "Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day," "Eye Over Prague," "How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster," "New Urbanism" and "Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm." Series passes are $50 ($30 SIFF members); individual tickets are $10. For more information about either of these series: www.siff.net or 206-324-9996.
The annual film noir series at Seattle Art Museum, "Heart of Darkness: The Film Noir Cycle," begins Thursday with "Phantom Lady," a 1944 noir starring Franchot Tone and Northwest native Ella Raines. A few passes remain available for the series, which continues through Dec. 8; call 206-654-3121. Individual tickets may be available at the door if space permits, for $8 (cash or check). 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 1300 First Ave.; www.seattleartmuseum.org.
The Grand Illusion continues its mini-tribute to Warren Oates with a week's run of Monte Hellman's 1971 road movie "Two-Lane Blacktop" and late-night screenings Friday and Saturday of 1975's "Race with the Devil." Also at the Grand Illusion this week: "The Legend Is Born: IP Man," a prequel to "IP Man" and "IP Man 2" (all three about the martial artist who was Bruce Lee's mentor) screens daily at 1 and 3 p.m. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
The Manhattan Short Film Festival takes place Saturday at the Admiral Theater in West Seattle, with a program of 10 short films. Audiences worldwide will vote for their favorite, with the winner announced next weekend at www.manhattanshort.com. 7 p.m., 2343 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; 206-938-3456 or www.farawayentertainment.com. The event will also be repeated Sunday at the Historic Lynwood Theatre on Bainbridge Island, and Oct. 1 at Kirkland Performance Center.
Couch Fest, the film festival that takes place in people's homes, returns to Seattle for its fourth year Saturday, with four host homes presenting award- winning short films. For addresses and directions, see www.couchfestfilms.com.
The 1965 epic "Dr. Zhivago," in all its sweeping grandeur, plays at the Historic Everett Theater: Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8. 2911 Colby Ave., Everett; 425-259-6766 or www.everetttheatre.org.
"Journey of the Universe," about the history of the universe and the unfolding of life on Earth, will have a special screening Thursday at the Harvard Exit, with the film's co-author Brian Thomas Swimme, a Tacoma native, present. 8 p.m., with reception beginning at 7 p.m.; tickets are $12 ($8 students) for the film only and $32 for the film and reception. 807 E. Roy, Seattle. For more information on the film, see www.journeyoftheuniverse.org; for advance tickets, see www.brownpapertickets.com.
Metro Classics concludes this Wednesday with the French film "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai de Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles," about the life of a single mother in Brussels, directed by Chantal Akerman. 7 p.m. only, 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
The documentary "Stitched," about three contestants at the International Quilt Festival, will screen at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bellevue Arts Museum, with filmmaker Jenalia Moreno present for a Q&A. Tickets are $7.50 ($5 BAM members). 510 Bellevue Way N.E.; www.bellevuearts.org.
And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is Bret Easton Ellis' "American Psycho, starring Christian Bale as a wealthy Manhattanite who most definitely is not Batman. 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 207-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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