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:

As You Wish – The Princess Bride at Essex Cinemas

Phoenix Books and Essex Cinemas are teaming up for a cool event on November 1st: As You Wish – a Princess Bride party. The event will take place at the Essex Cinemas’ T-Rex theater at 5:30: the film will begin shortly after 6:30. There’ll be giveaways and more.

“There will be joy,” says Kristen, Phoenix’s events manager. “Anyone who knows never to go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line will want to be there. It’ll be a blast for anyone new to The Princess Bride, too. The evening will feature games, prizes, costumes, photo ops, and general merriment. For some of our prizes, we reached out to Houghton Mifflin, who publishes The Princess Bride, and they were as good as Miracle Max! We’re actually going to have a copy of The Princess Bride signed by William Goldman as part of our Grand Prize at this event. This is a special book, and it’s cool to think it might be passed down as an heirloom, just like the copy of The Princess Bride that the grandfather reads in the film.” Eaton says that fans should be on the lookout for other chances to win Princess Bride-related prizes, and the chance to purchase their own signed copy of the book.

The event was inspired by the publication of the new memoir by Cary Elwes, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. Cary Elwes – who played Westley in the film – was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories. With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for fans of this beloved film.

More details can be found here. Tickets are $11.25 for adults and $7.75 for Children and Seniors, and can be purchased here.

Essex Cinemas Box Office Derby Contest

Yesterday, Essex Cinemas launched their Box Office Derby contest: pick the biggest May films opening at the theater, and win. Here’s the details from their website:

Essex Cinemas is excited to bring you our Box Office Derby Contest! When you think of May you think Kentucky Derby AND the kickoff to summer blockbusters at the movies! We have combined both of these events into one great contest – The Essex Cinemas Box Office Derby Contest! Here’s how you could win free movie tickets:

Simply pick which movies in May will have the first, second, and third biggest box office opening weekends AT Essex Cinemas. For horse racing fans, that would be win, place, and show.

An opening weekend is considered Friday – Sunday (any special late night Thursday night showing of a movie would count towards the opening weekend) and its the number of people attending the movie during that time period.

Whoever gets all three places correct will get their name thrown into a random drawing for one of three prize packs! First place is 4 free movie tickets, Second place is 2 free movie tickets, and third place is 1 free movie ticket.

Use the easy online entry form below and tell your friends and family to enter as well. Please only one entry per person!

Contest ends April 30th and winners will be drawn the first week of June! Have fun and good luck!

Enter here.

So, what do you think will be the biggest movie of May?

Next Throwback Thursday Events

Iron Man Special Event

Essex Cinemas had a packed house last night for The Princess Bride, and before that screening, they announced two new Throwback Thursday events: For April 19th, they’ll be screening Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and on May 3rd, they’ll be screening Iron Man, with screenwriter Hawk Ostby there for a Q&A session and introduction to the movie, which will preceed a screening of The Avengers at midnight!

Get your tickets here – they’re predicting that they’ll sell out quickly.