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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"
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
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
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
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
United Artists (planning a major renovation), and Montgomery Theater
(a one-time art house, but never a sure thing). Then there’s the
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.
through Sunday in Scott Hall, Room 123, College Avenue Campus;
screenings are in Loree Hall, Room 024, Douglass College Campus. $5;
732-932-8482; Website: www.rci.rutgers.edu/~nigrin.
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
independent filmmaker Bruce Baillie: "Mass for the Dakota
"Castro Street," and "To Parsifal," 1963-68, Thursday,
stories of Holocaust survivors. 1999. $5, Friday to Sunday, October
20 to 22. Film By Samuel Beckett, Alan Schneider, directed
mythic 1964 collaboration with the aged silent comedian Buster Keaton.
Free, Wednesday, October 25.
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.
"Five Candles," on Saturday, October 21, at 6 p.m.
will be at Bristol Riverside Theater in the mornings December 4
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
Arts Conservatory, Vermilion Square, 8919 New Falls Road, Levittown,
Pennsylvania. Call 215-946-0100.
Mystery of Edwin Drood" on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and
29, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Kelsey Theater, Mercer County College.
are at Kelsey January 12 to 21. Twelve principals and 18 chorus
are needed. For guidelines and audition appointment call Marge Swider,
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.
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.
York City to hear New York Philharmonic matinee performances:
November 4; Saturday, January 27; and Saturday, April 14. Each outing
offers round-trip bus transportation, allowing time for lunch or
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.
"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
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
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.
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.
looking for hand-crafters for its Fall Craft Show, to be held on
November 18, at Holly Hills Elementary School in Westampton. Each
space is $30. Proceeds will benefit instrumental music groups at
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