We're excited to share all the news that's fit to print from your friends at The Retro Dome! Keep reading for all the 411 and feel free to contact us with any questions.
Update On A New Home
Space. The final frontier. Or so we hope. Our search for a space of our own continues with weekly meetings and site visits with owners hoping one of these Silicon Valley venues will be number one. When we find the perfect place we'll make it so fabulous everyone will want to boldly go where we're going. Until then, we're beaming our programs over to the "mothership!"
That's right: starting November 1, you can find us at Century 21 on Winchester Blvd in San Jose for an awesome line-up of Films, shown in the original dome theatre that started it all.
"We hope this two month festival will be the first step in preserving one of the Winchester Century Domes and our finding a permanent home. Let's show the community that these domes are worth saving and reinventing for The New Retro Dome. So come one, come all...come once, or come to all of these exciting movie events."
- Scott Guggenheim, Movie Plannin' Man
Our live theatre series will resume in the New Year and our education wing will re-launch in February; locations for these programs are to be announced. If you haven't done so already, consider taking a moment to sign our petition to Save The Winchester Domes with the hope that we would move in to one of the venues and breathe new life into a classic gem.
New Fall/Winter Movie Line-up
Nine weekends. Fifteen films. One enormous screen. Check out our schedule for the fantastic line-up of film events we have in store for you and your family including, for the first time, Disney classics thanks to our partnership with The California Academy for the Creative and Performing Arts and its film education focus.
Why see a classic movie event at The Retro Dome? We believe movies are meant to be experienced. In a theatre. (A big theatre!) With other people. (Lots of other people!) On a screen so big that it draws you into the imagination of the filmmakers. With sound so full and lush it makes your heart beat a little faster. And, to make a great movie even better, we add in the creativity of our staff and devoted fans who know every line and lyric, who come in costume, who excitedly play our pre-show trivia games, and get giddy over what gimmicky toy or treat they'll find in their Prop Pack. That's what makes a trip to The Retro Dome a truly unforgettable experience. Maybe you've seen these movies at home on your TV but you haven't seen them like this.
50th Anniversary Celebration of Century 21, The Original Dome Theatre
To celebrate Century 21's 50th Anniversary, you can catch the two movies that put this dome on the map back in its heyday. First, don't tell Hal, but we're taking over with 2001: A Space Odyssey. This epic movie ran 87 weeks when it premiered in 1968, making it the longest running engagement of the film in the U.S.
Then, in commemoration of Century 21's November 24, 1963 Gala Opening, we'll present It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Fifty years ago, moviegoers opened their papers to find advertisements that beckoned them to "the theatre of the future for a new era in entertainment." They loved this madcap mad, mad movie, and on November 24, 2013, you will, too. Stay for a post-movie reception to celebrate this original icon of cinerama entertainment.
New Youth Movie Critics Opportunity
We're looking for young movie lovers (17 and under) to participate in a new program, our Mini Critics Movie Reviewers. Pintsize cinephiles will experience the best in film and promote critical thinking and discussion by writing their own reviews. We'll even have "AcadEmmy Awards" for the best reviewed movies and prizes for the best reviews by our mini critics. Inquire within!
What's a Cinephile? The dictionary states it's someone who is fond of movies. But for us folks here at The Retro Dome it's more than a fondness; it's believing how amazingly powerful a trip to the movie theatre can be. That's our "cinephilosophy."
We have become complacent enjoying our art in an isolated manner. We seek our art on our iPhones and Androids, our laptops, our televisions. We listen to our music wearing headphones. We experience fine art by ourselves on line.
Art is meant to be shared. Art is meant to be experienced together as a community. People are meant to be engaged and entertained by their art. Together we are meant to discuss the ideas and messages presented by the artist.
So that's what we do here. We encourage discussion. We engage you and your family by starting the conversation here at the theatre and inspire and encourage you to continue the discussion at home, at work, and in the classroom. We offer you art and artists that are bigger than life, that add depth to our lives.Ushering Opportunities
And last but not least...if you'd like to see any of the movies in our series for free, consider volunteering an as Usher. We need two Ushers (age 18 and older) at each screening. Volunteering is easy peasy; just contact us to learn more!