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We here at the State and Bijou and TCFF take the Holiday season very seriously. We decorate the theaters to the hilt, program just about every Holiday-themed film you can think of, and we get it all started literally the day after Thanksgiving. We on that Christmas Creep for real. Here's what we've got coming up day by day for the rest of this month and into December:
After you watch the absolutely terrific "Arrival" at the Bijou (starting tomorrow, Friday, November 18) you absolutely have to read this fascinating behind the scenes look at how it was written.
With the year rapidly wrapping up we wanted to assemble a small collection of the best films of 2016 that you may have missed:
At the Bijou this Friday we open a very important war film, "Hacksaw Ridge." Why important? It tells the true story of Desmond Thomas Doss, a Medic in the 77th Infantry Division in World War II. But Doss didn't begin his Army service as a Medic, rather as a Rifleman. But upon being drafted, due to his beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist, Doss refused to even touch a rifle.
Halloween is a cherished time of year when adults and children alike dress up in costume and eat way too much sugar. The State and Bijou are proud to bring you some of our favorite annual Halloween-themed events, along with some new things we've never tried before.
Grab your Cornetto ice cream (but get ready to fly to the UK to get them since they don't sell them stateside) and join us for a pint and the cult comedy "Shawn of the Dead" Saturday, October 22 at 11:00 pm! Join Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as they battle a zombie apocalypse using only a cricket bat (and anything else they can get their hands on).
Tonight at the Bijoy by the Bay we open the highly-anticipated film "The Girl on the Train" (check out the showtimes here), based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins. Many people have already read the book, either of their own volition or as part of a organized "Book Club" with friends and co-workers.
It's about time that Art House Theaters, we bastions of art, tastemakers and trendsetters, and leaders in the field of film appreciation, get our own day of celebration, right? After all, if it weren't for us you'd be home watching "The Real Housewives of Tulsa," right? So it is with great pleasure that we present a whole day celebrating our shared legacy with other art houses around the country, Art House Theater Day!
With 60 days (ugh) left until the Presidental Election of 2016, we bring you two months worth of cinematic diversions, an Election Film Fest of some of our favorite politcal films, all for just one quarter dollar (25¢)! And we're showing them not just on Wednesday mornings, either; look for special evening screenings as scheduling permits. Here's a list of what's coming up: