Here’s where Alien: Covenant is coming out early

The latest Alien film is here! If you haven’t been turned off completely by 2012’s Prometheus, Alien: Covenant looks as though it wants to win back audiences by going back to the formula that made the first couple of films so successful. The film is coming out tomorrow, but a couple of theaters are screening it early.

Here’s where you can watch it tonight:

  • Welden Theater, St. Albans. 7:00PM.
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00PM.
  • Roxy Cinema, Burlington. 7:00PM.
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00PM
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 7:00PM.
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 7:00PM.
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 7:00PM, 9:30PM.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00PM, 9:45PM.

Opening regularly:

  • Sunset Drive-in, Colchester.
  • Capitol Theater, Montpelier.
  • Latchis Theater, Brattleboro.
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center.
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury.

Lyndonville is home to a new horror movie, The Luring

A couple of years ago, Kaleidoscope Pictures went to Indigogo to fund their next project: a horror film called The Luring. The campaign raised just over $12,000, and according to WCAX, it’s now filming in Lyndonville.

According to the film’s website, The Luring is “about a man who returns to his family vacation home, where a murder took place during his 10th birthday party, hoping to finally resolve a memory gap that has been plaguing him for years.”

WCAX interviewed locals who have contributed to the film in small ways, or as extras, and Christopher Wells, who’s working on the film, noted that filming in Vermont is a “welcome thing.”

The film is expected to be completed this fall.

The Fifth Element: Back in Theaters!

The Fifth Element came out in theaters 20 years ago, and now, it’s returning for a short run to commemorate the anniversary! Palace 9 in South Burlington will be screening the film for two screenings May 14th and the 17th.

The film will screen at 2:00PM on the 14th and 7PM on the 17th. Tickets are $12.50.


Final Geek Mountain State Book Club Meeting – Tonight

The GMS Book Club is coming to a close. For the past two years, we’ve been meeting at the Pierson Library in Shelburne, where we’ve discussed dozens of great (and sometimes not so great) science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels. Tonight’s meeting is the last: Pierson Library director Lara Keenan has accepted a new job with the State of Vermont.

The various members of the group have been discussing ways and places to continue meeting up, but for the time being, the club itself is going to go onto hiatus.

If you’ve stopped by and participated, thank you for joining us: it was a fun, lively group!

Darth Vader, circa 1970s Winooski

The City of Winooski just posted up a really cool picture from the 1970s: Darth Vader greeting a child on the street. The city didn’t say when the image was taken (safe to say, it’s post-1977 or the early 1980s), but it’s cool to see that Star Wars costumers existed in Vermont prior to the formation of the 501st Legion’s Green Mountain Squad last year.

The Randall / Bethel Drive-In

Back in 2013, we published a story about the Randall Drive-in: the theater was having trouble with the industry’s conversion to digital film, and its owners turned to Kickstarter to raise money to buy a new one, stating:

Our dream has been to run a drive-in movie theater and rather than have this renaissance season be a Swan Song for the Randall Drive-In, we are asking for assistance so our company can obtain a digital projector and we can keep running drive-ins for many years into the future.

The was unsuccessful, but the owners were able to raise money through a follow-on project, and the Drive-In ran for the 2014 season, but announced that they would be closing for good in November because the land’s owner wouldn’t lease the space for a third season, and that the projector they asked for funding for, had to go to another theater, or it would have to go back to the company they leased it from.

As many know, our company obtained the digital projector through a lease to own program, and we worked tirelessly to raise the money for the down payment and installation of this projector. Unfortunately the only option our company has is to either return the projector to the manufacturer or find another location to run a movie theatre at for all our drive-in fans.

As of April, the theater was still closed.

However, the state of Vermont is alleging that the Kickstarter was a fraud, and filed a lawsuit against the owners in September, claiming that while they had raised the money, they closed the theater down after the 2014 season, and brought the equipment to New York. The Attorney General’s office noted that “the Defendants made misrepresentations and omissions about the future of the Randall Drive-In, including ‘rather than have this renaissance season be a Swan Song for the Randall Drive-In, we are asking for assistance,” and that ‘digital cinema now threatens to close down the drive-in for good.’ The Complaint alleges that the Defendants made these statements despite knowing that the digital projector would not play a role at the Randall Drive-In beyond the 2014 season,” and that they misrepresented the costs. You can read the full complaint here.

At the same time, someone posted to the Randall Drive-In Facebook page, disputing the allegations: “The Attorney General’s office published a copy of a pending lawsuit against the former operators of the Randall Drive-in in an attempted smear campaign to sway public opinion. While the lawsuit makes many allegations, time will prove that there is no truth, fact or evidence to support their claims.” The statement goes on to say that the office has been provided with evidence about the former operators, and condemned them for going after a small business. 

The space resumed as a movie theater once again in 2015, now as the Bethel Drive-In. Last year, the new operators have upgraded the facilities, with a new screen and have recently addressed the question of the digital projector. While the 35mm projector operated last year, they’re in the process of installing a new one.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Early Screenings

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 is coming! The sequel to James Gunn’s surprisingly good space opera is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it looks to be another fun outing.

Here’s where you can see it on Thursday, May 4th:

  • Welden Theater, St. Albans. 7:00pm
  • Sunset Drive-in, Colchester. 8:00pm
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00pm (3D), 9:00pm (2D)
  • Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington. 7:00pm (2D), 8:00pm (3D)
  • Majestic 10, Williston. Double feature: 4:40pm, 7:00pm (2D), 8:00pm (D), 9:00pm (2D)
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 7:00pm (2d), 8:00pm (3D)
  • Stowe Cinemas, Stowe. 7:00pm (2D)
  • Paramount Theater, Barre. 7:00pm (3D).
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury. 7:00pm (3D), 8:00pm (2D)
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 7:00pm, 8:00pm.
  • Latchis Theater, Brattleboro. 7:00pm, 9:30pm.
  • Bennington Cinemas, 7:00pm (3D), 8:00pm (2D), 9:30pm (2D)
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 6:45pm, 9:45pm.

Opening on Friday, May 5th:

  • Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield.
  • Fairlee Drive-in, Fairlee.
  • Playhouse Theater, Randolph.
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center.
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury.

Brian Staveley’s Skullsworn is now out in stores

I’ve really enjoyed Brian Staveley’s fantasy novels, and his latest, Skullsworn, is a standalone tale set in the same world as his Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne trilogy. It’s now out in stores!

Here’s what it’s about:

Pyrre Lakatur is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer—she is a priestess. At least, she will be once she passes her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. The problem, rather, is love. For to complete her trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the seven people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one who made your mind and body sing with love / who will not come again.”

Pyrre isn’t sure she’s ever been in love. And if she fails to find someone who can draw such passion from her, or fails to kill that someone, her order will give her to their god, the God of Death. Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to fail, and so, as her trial is set to begin, she returns to the city of her birth in the hope of finding love . . . and ending it on the edge of her sword.

Staveley will be stopping by Phoenix Books in Burlington tomorrow evening to officially launch the book.

Here’s the cover for Archer Mayor’s next novel, Trace


Like clockwork, Archer Mayor is coming out with a new novel later this year. Trace will be his 28th entry with Joe Gunther, and it’s scheduled to be released on September 26th.

Here’s what it’s about:

The Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) has been pulled onto three cases at the same time; meanwhile, VBI head Joe Gunther has to take time off to care for his ailing mother.

Those cases are now in the hands of the individual investigators. Sammie Martens is assigned a murder case. The victim is a young woman, the roommate of the daughter of Medical Examiner Beverly Hillstrom. A recent transplant from Albany, New York, Sammie must find out what put a hit man on the trail of this seemingly innocent young woman.

Lester Spinney takes over a famous cold case, a double murder where a state trooper and a motorist were killed in an exchange of gunfire. Or so it has seemed for years. When Lester is told that the motorist’s fingerprints were planted on the gun he’s supposed to have fired, it opens the question―who really killed the state trooper?

Willy Kunkle’s case starts with a child’s discovery of three teeth on a railroad track, leading eventually to a case of possible sabotage against critical military equipment.

He’ll likely be doing a whole tour once again this fall. Stay tuned.


Green Mountain Expo returns to Barre in April 2018

The Green Mountain Comic Expo was held for the first time earlier this year, and the folks behind the event are pinning their hopes on Barre for the future of Vermont Comic Con. So, it comes as little surprise that they’re bringing the Comic Expo back to Barre next year. The show will take place on April 14th and 15th, 2018.