NJ Film Fest

Auditions

Participate Please

Volunteer Call

Donations Wanted

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This article was prepared for the October 11, 2000 edition of U.S.

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At the Movies

General Cinema at Mercer Mall is the latest casualty

in the Route 1 corridor’s movie house wars that arrived with a crop

of lavish new theaters almost worthy of the old "palace"

moniker.

Five new theaters have been built along the Route 1 corridor in less

than three years. Last year Destinta Theater opened its 12-screen

multiplex on South Broad Street in Hamilton and AMC Hamilton 24

weighed

in with 24 screens on Sloan Avenue. They joined the recent additions

of Regal Cinemas in East Windsor, a new Loews in New Brunswick, and

Regal Cinemas in North Brunswick. The whole crop served to introduce

moviegoers of all ages to bigger screens, stadium seating, and

high-quality

sound. And many have been reluctant to return to viewing the back

of someone else’s head.

The magnitude of the building spree may have given the impression

that movie-going had become the next new thing. Now we learn that,

despite a barrage of Hollywood formula films, featuring big stars

but committee-authored scripts, attendance at the movies has in fact

remained flat. Once again, those who relish independent and foreign

films dream of seeing the Mercer Mall theater become an art film

house;

but such a venture has yet to materialize in our area.

So General joins Kendall Park Cinemas on Route 27, and East Windsor

Cinemas on Route 130, as older venues that have given up their seats

to the new upholstery. Still hanging on in niche markets are

Marketfair

United Artists (planning a major renovation), and Montgomery Theater

(a one-time art house, but never a sure thing). Then there’s the

special-case

Garden Theater on Nassau Street, long owned by Princeton University,

and currently closed while it enjoys a round of asbestos removal and

renovation. "Opening Soon" it says on the marquee — a

sign we may not see again on a movie theater in our area for some

time to come.

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NJ Film Fest

New Jersey Film Festival screenings are 7 p.m. Fridays

through Sunday in Scott Hall, Room 123, College Avenue Campus;

Thursday

screenings are in Loree Hall, Room 024, Douglass College Campus. $5;

732-932-8482; Website: www.rci.rutgers.edu/~nigrin.

Beau Travail, French director Claire Denis’s provocative

drama, set in a Foreign Legion outpost, inspired by Melville’s tragic

novella, "Billy Budd." 1999, Friday to Sunday, October 13

to 15. Bruce Baillie Retrospective, Three classics by the

American

independent filmmaker Bruce Baillie: "Mass for the Dakota

Sioux,"

"Castro Street," and "To Parsifal," 1963-68, Thursday,

October 19.

Voyages, Emmanuel Finkiel’s film that tells three separate

stories of Holocaust survivors. 1999. $5, Friday to Sunday, October

20 to 22. Film By Samuel Beckett, Alan Schneider, directed

Beckett’s

mythic 1964 collaboration with the aged silent comedian Buster Keaton.

Free, Wednesday, October 25.

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Auditions

Omicron Theater Productions seeks actors for speaking

and non-speaking parts, male and female, ages 20 to 50, and backstage

help. Auditions by appointment on Fridays and Saturdays, October 13

and 14; and October 20 and 21. Call 609-443-5598.

Step II Productions has auditions for an original musical,

"Five Candles," on Saturday, October 21, at 6 p.m.

Performances

will be at Bristol Riverside Theater in the mornings December 4

through

8. This call is for boys and girls ages 5 through 16 who are willing

to take time off of school. Auditions will be at the Dance and

Performing

Arts Conservatory, Vermilion Square, 8919 New Falls Road, Levittown,

Pennsylvania. Call 215-946-0100.

Yardley Players Theater Company has auditions for "The

Mystery of Edwin Drood" on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and

29, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Kelsey Theater, Mercer County College.

Performances

are at Kelsey January 12 to 21. Twelve principals and 18 chorus

members

are needed. For guidelines and audition appointment call Marge Swider,

215-968-1904.

Plays In the Park has adult auditions on Sunday, October

22, at 4 p.m., at the Stephen J. Capestro Theater in Roosevelt Park,

Edison, for the sixth annual winter production of "Joseph and

the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." The show will be performed

on Thursday and Friday, December 28 and 29, at the State Theater.

Roles of narrator and Joseph are already cast; other roles are open.

Bring 16 bars of an uptempo song and music; pianist will be provided.

No appointments, although alumni of past productions may come at 5

p.m. Call 732-548-2884 or website: www.playsinthe park.com.

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Participate Please

Bucks County Audubon Society is sponsoring a two-day

guided

Fall Foliage Field Trip for Photographers on Saturday, October 14,

and Saturday, October 21. Photographer Curt Cowgill will share his

expertise with photographers of all levels while visited area sites

at the peak of the fall color. $30 fee. Call 215-297-5880.

Westminster Conservatory offers a trio of trips to New

York City to hear New York Philharmonic matinee performances:

Saturday,

November 4; Saturday, January 27; and Saturday, April 14. Each outing

offers round-trip bus transportation, allowing time for lunch or

visiting

before the performances; tickets are $54. A February 17 outing to

the Metropolitan Museum of Art features music and songs by Gershwin,

Ellington, and Poulenc; $41 per person. Call 609-921-7104.

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Volunteer Call

Colloquium Depot Limited seeks volunteers to help with

"Colours," a world premiere concert to be held in New Hope

on Saturday, November 4. Interested people can attend a reception

on Thursday, October 12, to meet the cast and discuss volunteer jobs.

The show still has openings for technical crew and young dancers of

color. 215-862-3396.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Middlesex County

is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors for juveniles referred by

family court. They will work closely with the youth and his family

under the guidance and supervision of court officers. Training is

provided by family court. Call Joelyn Bobin or Milli Groves at

732-249-6330

for information.

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Donations Wanted

Check-Out Hunger is a Mercer County campaign to raise

funds for Mercer Street Friends Food Cooperative. Throughout the fall

months, the annual event brings together supermarket retailers, Fleet

Bank, and volunteers to raise money for hunger relief programs.

Shoppers

tear off a donation slip in the amount of $1 to $5, and the amount

is added to the grocery bill by the cashier. Participating stores

include Acme, Marrazzo’s Thriftway, McCaffrey’s Market, Pathmark,

Pennington Quality Market, Shoprite, Superfresh, and Wegmans Food

Markets. Donations may also be made at Fleet Bank offices.

Rancocas Valley Regional High School Music Boosters is

looking for hand-crafters for its Fall Craft Show, to be held on

Saturday,

November 18, at Holly Hills Elementary School in Westampton. Each

space is $30. Proceeds will benefit instrumental music groups at

RVRHS.

Call 609-265-1547.


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