Mike's Letter

BEFORE NIXON MET MAO, HE MET ELVIS
"Elvis & Nixon"
Now Playing at the State Theatre
Enjoy Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon in this breezy, free-wheeling, and wickedly funny interpretation of the one of the great confounding moments in American pop culture and political history. The photo of Elvis Presley meeting President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office is the most requested photograph in the US National Archives, and it's that real moment that inspired this whimsical and quirky comedy that Spacey says is "just this side of 'Dr. Strangelove.'" This surreal slice of history is "a reminder not just of simpler times, but of all the other wild untold stories we may never know, just because no camera was there to capture them." (Entertainment Weekly). Rated R, 86 min.  

MARVEL'S BEST FILM YET, REALLY
"Captain America: Civil War"

Now Playing at the Bijou by the Bay in 2D and 3D!

We know what you're thinking: "Another superhero movie? Those aren't for me." But "Captain America: Civil War" is different. SERIOUSLY! It's the one of the very few comic book movies that not only delivers terrific action and adventure, but also manages to tell a mature, nuanced story that you're bound to be drawn into. And it certainly doesn't hurt that it's a ton of fun, too! It's no wonder Rolling Stone's Peter Traverse calls is a "thundering epic that is also smart, snappy, politically savvy and blessedly fast on its feet." Rated PG-13, 147 min.
 
 
LIKE CAPTAIN AMERICA BUT WITH F-BOMBS
"Deadpool"
Friday, May 13 at 11:00 pm -- This Week's FNF, always at the State
Ryan Reynolds stars as the lesser-known Marvel superhero Deadpool, a foul-mouthed, genetically altered mutant hell-bent on revenge. This is the first R-rated Marvel movie and whoo boy, do they ever earn that "R." It's a raunchy action comedy with a lot of heart and is certainly a harbinger of superhero movies to come. And we're being totally honestRated R, 108 min.
 

LIVE THEATER FOR KIDS AT THE STATE
"Lift Every Voice: The Black Experience in the Heartland" - Free Live Event!
Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 am -- This Week's Kids Matinee, always at the State
Instead of our usual family-friendly film this Saturday, have we got a special treat for you! To celebrate the National Park Service's Centennial and Black Americans who made a difference in the American Midwest, Bright Star Touring Theatre presents a special presentation of "Lift Every Voice." Watch the pages of history come to life with interactive scenes, inspiring songs, and meet famous leaders and heroes in this engaging and educational performance. Don't miss it! All Ages, 60 min. 

A NEW FILMGOING SERIES
Friday, May 13 at 11:00 am -- Each week at the State
We are excited to announce a new weekly screening series open to classic film lovers who cannot attend our Wednesday series, and adults with autism or special needs and their families. We'll be showing all-time favorite classic films every Friday at 11 am. We turn the lights up, turn the sound down, and attendees can make noise and move about the theater. We'll announce the film before the show, or feel free to call the theater for details!
 
TOO FAST TO LIVE: THE COMPLETE JAMES DEAN
Wednesday, May 18 at 10:30 am -- This week's 25¢ Classic, always at the State

Released just a few months after the untimely death of James Dean, Nicholas Ray's stunning milestone film is remembered not only for Dean's haunting and iconic performance that has become the archetype for nearly every cinematic teenager since, but also for its honest depiction of teenage angst, generational differences, and the very human search for meaning and connection. Not Rated, 111 min.