Monday, January 18, 2010
Cineplex's live Windsor offerings
More and more special features are coming to the big screen at Cineplex's Devonshire Mall (3100 Howard Ave.) cinemas. For those infatuated with English theatre you should be welcoming with open arms the live screening from London's National Theatre of Terry Pratchett's Nation Jan. 30 at 1 pm....Nation is described as an epic story of adventure and survival involving live music, dance and extroardinary puppets....Set in the late 19th Century it's about two young people caught up in a natural disaster who have to find a way to survive despite being from completely different cultures and speaking different languages. Advance tickets from www.cineplex.com/events ....Cineplex's catalogue of live productions on its Windsor movie screens continues to grow as part of its Front Row Centre series. It's not as wide-ranging as in some cities like Toronto. But the offerings are more than welcome and of course continue to add a new dimension to what it means to go to "the movies"... For years we have had WWF Wrestling. More recently we have had The Met: Live in HD Saturday adternoon broadcasts from New York's Metropolitan Opera. Verdi's Simon Boccanegra is featured Feb. 6 with encore March 20, Thomas's Hamlet March 27 & April 24, and Rossini's Armida May 1 & 22....We are also in line to see Race Across the Sky Jan. 27 & Feb. 7 about the Leadville Trail 100 elite cycling race....Other cities are getting The New York Times Lights, Camera, Conversation series and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Perhaps Windsor will luck out with these and other series in the future...UPDATE UPDATE Jan. 19 - Cineplex has announced Windsor will get A Prairie Home Companion after all (they must have read this post!) Feb. 4 at 8 pm live from St. Paul, Minnesota's Fitzgerald Theatre....Another Update: Last weekend's screening of The Met's Carmen broke box office records. An encore performance will be screened March 13.