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Hot Dates: Movie Magic at Metro Cinema

The Garneau Theatre, located in the trendy Garneau/Strathcona area, is one of Edmonton’s most historic landmarks. For the past year, Metro Cinema has set up shop in this iconic location, offering a diverse selection of film series and screenings in a one-room theatre. This weekend, Metro Cinema is celebrating its One-Year Anniversary of residing at the Garneau! To join in on the celebrations, we recommend checking out these three special screenings which add an element of pop culture fun to the usual movie-going experience, and highlight some of the best film series Metro Cinema has to offer:

Saturday, September 15
The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party will bring back memories of waking up early on the weekend, settling comfortably in front of the television, and watching hours of the best cartoons! Admission to this event includes unlimited helpings of cereal and over three hours of classic cartoon footage. This event is family-friendly and perfect for kids of all ages — even adult kids at heart. Doors open at 9:30 am; cartoons begin at 10 am and will run continuously for approximately three hours.

The Graphic Content film series features Batman: Mask of the Phantasm on September 18
Poster design by Shawna Iwaniuk, courtesy of Metro Cinema

Tuesday, September 18
Graphic Content is a monthly film series at the Garneau Theatre that began in September 2011; each month, a film is screened that has some relation to comic books, graphic novels, and/or manga in order to explore the “varied content, rich history, and unique style” (Metro Cinema) that comprises this genre. In doing so, audiences get a chance to observe the relationship between the form of the comic and of film and the techniques that each medium uses to portray the comic’s storyline.

After a summer hiatus, Graphic Content opens its second season with a showing of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) on the big screen. The film, which has ties to the nineties’ television show Batman The Animated Series, stars Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker in a classic telling of Batman’s struggle to defeat his villainous foes. Curators Erin Fraser and Matt Bowes will introduce the show with a short discussion about the film and the comic books that inspired it. Before the movie, browse through a collection of new and vintage comic books in the lobby; all the comics have story lines or aesthetics similar to those featured in the film. Comic books will be available to purchase before and after the movie. Doors open at 6:15 pm; show begins at 7 pm.

The Graphic Content events are always a lot of fun, and we are looking forward to an exciting second season of great films!

Thursday, September 20
Every month, Dave Clarke and Jeff Page host the Turkey Shoot film series and provide a running commentary during a screening of a film of rather questionable quality. During the screening, these two local comedians mock, question, and parody some of the interesting and amusing moments of the film; no moment of bad acting, inconsistent plot line, or ridiculous catch phrase goes unnoticed! This month, they will be commenting on 1992’s Hudson Hawk starring Bruce Willis. The film is labelled as an action film, but after viewing it Turkey Shoot-style you’ll think of it as a comedic triumph! Door open at 8:45 pm; show begins at 9:30 pm.

All screenings take place at the Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St. Tickets are required for all shows and can be purchased at the door for $10 (Adult), $8 (Student/Senior), and $6 (Child under 13).

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