2001: A Space Odyssey is coming to the T-Rex Theater

Essex Cinemas has announced that it will be holding a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s classic science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey next month, on Friday, September 7th.

This year is the film’s 50th anniversary, and it was recently remastered in 4K for a limited re-released in IMAX and “large format theaters.) Vermont doesn’t have an IMAX theater, but Essex Cinemas’ T-Rex is the largest screen in the state.

The theater will hold screenings at 12:30PM, 4:00PM, and 7:30PM, with tickets running from $8 to $11.50 depending on the screening time.

Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery is being turned into a movie

Shirley Jackson famously lived in Vermont for much of her life, and wrote her most famous short story, “The Lottery” while living in Bennington. Now, it’ll apparently be made into a movie, according to Deadline.

Interestingly, there’s never been a film adaptation of the story, which involves a morbid, small-town ritual that involves stoning a randomly-selected neighbor to death. (If you haven’t read the story, you can do so here.)

The film will come from Paramount Pictures, with Jake Wade Wall writing the screenplay and Frank Marshall attached to produce. It’s still a long way from actually being made, but hopefully, if it is, it’ll be produced back where it started: in Vermont.


Avengers: Age of Ultron Early Screenings

Likely the biggest movie of the year, The Avengers: Age of Ultron lands with a heavy thud later this week, and unsurprisingly, most theaters around Vermont are holding early screenings. Some are doing some gimmicks: the Essex Cinemas will be doing a round-the-clock screening of the film opening night and morning (that’s right, if you want to watch Age of Ultron at 3:45am, you can!) and the Springfield Cinema will be pairing up the movie with the first Avengers film.

Here’s where you can see the movie on Thursday, April 30th:

  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00pm (3D), 8:00pm (2D).
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00pm, 10:00pm. / 1:00 am, 3:45 am, 6:30 am, and 9:30 am
  • Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington. 7:00pm (2D), 7:30pm (3D)
  • Merrill Roxy, Burlington. 7:00pm (2D), 7:30pm (3D)
  • Capitol Theater, Montpelier. 7:00pm (3D) & 8:00pm (2D)
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. The Avengers, 5:00pm, Age of Ultron, 7:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro, 7:00pm, 9:45pm.
  • Bijou 4 Cinema, Morrisville, 7:15pm.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00pm, 9:00pm.

The following theaters will be opening the film regularly on Friday, May 1st:

  • Stowe Cinemas, Stowe.
  • Marquis Theater, Middlebury.
  • Playhouse Cooperative, Randolph
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury.

Colin Trevorrow to helm Intelligent Life

Colin Trevorrow - H 2015

Burlington Vermont resident Colin Trevorrow will be working on a new film following Jurassic World, according to the Hollywood Reporter: Intelligent Life, which has just been picked up by Dreamworks. Not much is known about the film, but it seems to have come out of a story that he’s been working on for a while, about a UN Ambassador tasked with First Contact duties.

It’s a move that reteams him with Steven Spielberg, who executive produced the Universal movie through his Amblin Entertainment banner. It also reunites him with Jurassic‘s Frank Marshall, who will produce with Trevorrow and production banner Big Beach. Connolly is executive producing.

Plot details are being kept secret, but the project is said to have its roots in an earlier Trevorrow-Connolly project titled The Ambassador.

That project was intended to act as a follow-up to the duo’s acclaimed indie Safety Not Guaranteed and set up at Big Beach, the shingle run by Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub, as a low-budget sci-fi thriller. Ambassador told of a U.N. worker in a department that was to represent humankind in the event of alien contact. The man falls in love with a mysterious woman who turns out to be an alien.


It’ll be interesting to see where this one goes!

Additionally, Trevorrow has been tapped to direct another film, The Book of Henry, according to Variety.


Chappie: Early Screenings

One of my more anticipated films of this year is Neill Blomkamp’s latest, Chappie, about an intelligent robot. I’m a huge fan of Blomkamp’s prior two films, District 9 and Elysium, and this one looks to be just as interesting as the two of them.

A handful of theaters are screening the film early, on Thursday, March 5th:

  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00pm
  • Springfield Cinemas, Springfield. 7:00pm
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 8:00 pm

GMS will also be assembling for our first GMS Movie Club screening, which will take place on Saturday, March 7th at 1:30pm at the Essex Cinemas in Essex. Sign up for our e-mail list for updates, and RSVP if you’d like to attend with us! (We’ll get a group rate)

Early Screenings for Jupiter Ascending

I might be the only person who’s excited to see Jupiter Ascending. Sure, it’s getting some mediocre reviews, but it looks like a lot of fun. A handful of theaters are screening the film early, on Thursday, February 5th:

  • Paramount Theatre, Barre. 7:00pm
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00pm
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex Junction. 7:00 pm and 9:40 pm.

Strange Magic Early Screening @ Essex Cinemas

There’s a new George Lucas movie coming out this year, and it isn’t Star Wars. The surprise animated film Strange Magic is opening this week, and the Essex Cinemas will be screening it early:

From the mind of George Lucas comes a story about goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. It’s STRANGE MAGIC and we have special showings this Thursday at 7:00 pm and 9:15 pm. Regular showings start Friday.

Here’s the trailer:

Forbidden Planet Screening

This is one of my absolute favorite films: Forbidden Planet. Middlebury College will be screening the movie as part of their Hirschfield International Film Series on Saturday, January 24th from 3 – 5:30pm. Middlebury alumnus, Dan Curry ’68 will be giving an introduction to the film.

The film will be screened at Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium.

The Hobbit Trilogy Marathon

Two theaters will be screening Hobbit Marathons on Monday, December 15th! Want to take in the entire trilogy in one sitting? The Essex Cinemas and Springfield Cinemas are the place to go.

Over in Essex, the marathon will start of at 2:00 with An Unexpected Journey, followed by The Desolation of Smaug and around 8:00pm, The Battle of Five Armies. Tickets will cost $25 for all three. If you want to just see Battle of Five Armies, you can stop by, but there’s no discount from the marathon price.

Across the state? Stop by the Springfield Cinemas, where you can see all three films in 2D. An Unexpected Journey starts at 1:00pm, The Desolation of Smaug begins at 4:30pm and The Battle of the Five Armies begins at 8:00pm. They’ll also be running a costume contest: come as your favorite character, and you’ll have the chance to win a $50 gift card, a movie poster or a movie pass. Tickets for the marathon are $21.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Early Screenings

The final installment of The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armies, is coming up. The last (most likely) Peter Jackson Middle Earth film will be landing in theaters throughout next week, and there’s several opportunities to see the movie early.

On Monday, December 15th, two theaters will be holding Hobbit Marathons, and you’ll have the opportunity to see the third film as part of that at the following theaters:

  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 8:00pm (Marathon)
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 8:00pm.

Across the state, the film will open at a number of theaters early on Tuesday, December 16th:

  • Welden Theatre, St. Albans. 7:00pm
  • Merrill Roxy Theatre, Burlington. 6:00pm
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00pm (HFR/3D), 9:00pm
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 7:00pm (HFR/3D)
  • Stowe Cinema 3plex, Stowe, 7:00pm
  • Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. 7:00pm
  • Paramount Theatre, Barre. 7:00pm
  • Star Theater, St. Johnsbury. 7:00pm (3D)
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 7:00pm (3D), 8:00pm (2D), 9:45pm (3D)
  • Bijou Cineplex 4, Morrisville. 7:00pm.

Finally, the movie will be opening regularly on Wednesday, December 17th at the following theaters:

  • Playhouse Theater, Randolph. 7:00pm
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center.
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury.