Summer is just around the corner, and so is AMC CLASSIC Summer Movie Camp. Every Wednesday morning, all summer long, your mini movie lovers can enjoy family-friendly releases (rated PG) and a KidsPack for just $4+tax. Tickets are available at the box office of participating locations. Check showtimes and see what’s playing at an AMC CLASSIC theatre near you!
The Bergens invade Troll Village and capture the trolls, but music rescues them in this animated adventure. TROLLS is a story about happiness: how far some would go to get it and how far Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) go to get it back.
What if the park you always imagined came to life? June rediscovers her make-believe amusement park in the woods, which is now filled with adorable talking animals and chimpan-zombies hungry to take over.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
The Count and crew embark on a cruise, but sea sickness is the least of their concerns — the ship captain, Erika, is a monster-hater. Unaware she’s a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, Dracula falls for her, and now it’s Mavis’s turn to play the overprotective parent.
In this animated adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s beloved tale, Peter Rabbit and friends make themselves at home in their human neighbor’s garden (and throw a wild party). But Mr. McGregor is less than pleased about their arrival.
After Migo (Channing Tatum) meets a mythical Smallfoot in the snowy mountains, he sets out to prove their existence to the rest of the Yeti community. What follows is a hilarious, but eye-opening adventure.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Things are less than awesome in Bricksburg. Lego Duplo invaders from outer space have destroyed the town and kidnapped Lucy. Now, it’s up to Emmet, Batman and friends to save her and restore harmony to the Lego universe.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
All of the major superheroes are getting their own movies — everyone but the Teen Titans. Determined to catch the eye of a film director, they head to Tinsel Town, but on the way, they meet a maniacal super-villain with plans to rule and control the Earth.
The House With a Clock in Its Walls
Lewis’s odd-ball Uncle John (Jack Black) is only slightly less strange than the mysterious house he lives in. Turns out, John is a warlock, and the house hides a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. Lewis must help him find it before it’s too late.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
A new evil threatens to destroy Berk and all of its dragons. Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth, the secret Dragon Utopia, to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.
AMC CLASSIC Summer Movie Camp is sponsored by Sony Pictures and their upcoming films: SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 and the JUMANJI sequel. Find showtimes at a theatre near you.
Jacquie Rolston was an artist specializing in animation who had never painted much before, but she had a story to tell. That story came from seniors’ memories in the pages of the Burnaby NOW.
The story told of a vaudeville hypnotist who had come to town in the early ’30s and put a young woman in a trance. She slept through the night in the front window of Monk’s Dry Goods Store.
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Rolston took the story and turned it into a large mural adorning a wall along McDonald Avenue, just off of Hastings Street.
Rolston was a summer student with the Heights Business Association in 2002.
“When I applied for the job, I proposed this story had to be shown,” she said.
Over the years, the painting was damaged and characters were missing legs, according to Rolston. In one spot, a car had hit it and damaged one character. The Regent Theatre sign was crumbling.
The association hired ArtVision Painting to repair the wall in 2018, and hired Rolston to restore the mural. She also extended it by nine metres.
Renovating the mural was no small task, she said.
“We had to get a scissor lift and I had to get scissor lift training. It was kind of terrifying,” Rolston said.
The new portion of the mural shows a mechanic chatting while working on an old Ford, with children playing on and around the car.
I wanted this green building to turn the corner,” she said of the new portion of the mural, adding it seemed right to have a car in it, and children. “It was always clear in my mind that there would be children playing marbles at the end there.”
Isabel Kolic, executive director of the Heights Merchants Association, spoke about the neighbourhood’s mural program at the reveal of the restored and extended mural.
“The mural program in the Heights was designed to be eclectic, it’s not themed,” she said. “We hire fine artists, students mostly, who want to make a career in doing fine art. It’s their way of leaving a mark.”
Murals cost between $5,000 and $10,000, according to Kolic.
There was a ribbon cutting for the mural on Friday, May 17, with the artist and a number of local politicians and city staff in attendance. Mayor Mike Hurley was at the event, along with city councillors James Wang and Pietro Calendino, and Burnaby North MLA Janet Routledge.
“JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM”: In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, skilled assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn. Starring Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry. (2:10) (Rated R: for pervasive strong violence, and some language.)
“POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU” SHOWING AT CINEMA CENTRE 8 AND MOVIES 6: The world of Pokemon comes to life! The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing; prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokemon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wisecracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City – a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokemon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world – they encounter a diverse cast of Pokemon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokemon universe. Please note: feature times vary by theatre. Starring Justice Smith and featuring the voice of Ryan Reynolds. (1:44) (Rated PG: for action/peril, some rude and suggestive humor, and thematic elements.)
“POMS”: Martha is an introverted woman who moves to a retirement community that has shuffleboard, golf, bowling and other activities. Hoping to be left alone, she meets Sheryl, a fun-loving neighbor who insists that they become best pals. After coming out of her shell, Martha and her new friend decide to form a cheerleading squad with their fellow residents. As the two women hold auditions, they soon learn that it’s never too late to follow your dreams, even when the odds are stacked against you. Starring Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver. (1:31) (Rated PG-13: for some language/sexual references.)
“THE HUSTLE”: Josephine Chesterfield is a glamorous, seductive Brit with a sprawling home in Beaumont-sur-Mer and a penchant for defrauding gullible wealthy men from all corners of the world. Into her well-ordered, meticulously moneyed world bursts Penny Rust, an Aussie who is as free-form and fun-loving as Josephine is calculated and cunning. Where Penny amasses wads of cash by ripping off her marks in neighborhood bars, Josephine fills her safe with massive diamonds after ensnaring her prey in glitzy casinos. Despite their different methods, both are masters of the art of the fleece so they con the men that have wronged women. The pair of scammers pull out all the stops to swindle a naïve tech billionaire. Starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. (1:34) (Rated PG-13: on appeal for crude sexual content and language.)
“UGLYDOLLS”: In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated, strangeness is special and beauty is embraced as more than meets the eye. After traveling to the other side of a mountain, Moxy and her UglyDoll friends discover Perfection — a town where more conventional dolls receive training before entering the real world to find the love of a child. Soon, the UglyDolls learn what it means to be different — ultimately realizing that they don’t have to be perfect to be amazing. Featuring the voices of Kelly Clarkson and Nick Jonas. (1:27) (Rated PG: for thematic elements and brief action.)
“AVENGERS: ENDGAME” (2D) SHOWING AT CINEMA CENTRE 8 AND MOVIES 6: After the devastating events of “Avengers: Infinity War”, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe. Please note: feature times vary by theatre. Starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Brie Larson. (3:01) (Rated PG-13: for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language.)
“BREAKTHROUGH”: When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. Based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds, “Breakthrough” is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle. Starring Chrissy Metz and Topher Grace. (1:56) (Rated PG: for thematic content including peril.)
NOW SHOWING AT MOVIES SIX AT SHAWNEE MALL:
“A DOG’S JOURNEY”: Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined. Starring Dennis Quaid and featuring the voice of Josh Gad. (1:48) (Rated PG: for thematic content, some peril and rude humor.)
“THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR”: College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet — and fall for each other — over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation just as fiercely as she’s fighting her growing feelings for Daniel. Starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton. (1:40) (Rated PG-13: for some suggestive content and language.)
“POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU” SHOWING AT CINEMA CENTRE 8 AND MOVIES 6: The world of Pokemon comes to life! The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokemon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wisecracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City – a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokemon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world – they encounter a diverse cast of Pokemon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokemon universe. Please note: feature times vary by theatre. Starring Justice Smith and featuring the voice of Ryan Reynolds. (1:44) (Rated PG: for action/peril, some rude and suggestive humor, and thematic elements.)
“THE INTRUDER”: Scott and Annie Russell couldn’t be happier after buying their dream home from a mysterious and lonely widower named Charlie in Napa Valley, Calif. Their newfound paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Charlie — still strangely attached to the house — begins to show up and interfere in their daily lives. When his erratic behavior turns to obsession, the young couple soon find themselves caught up in a violent confrontation that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear. Starring Dennis Quaid and Meagan Good. (1:42) (Rated PG-13: for violence, terror, some sexuality, language and thematic elements.)
“AVENGERS: ENDGAME” (2D) SHOWING AT CINEMA CENTRE 8 AND MOVIES 6: After the devastating events of “Avengers: Infinity War”, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe. Please note: feature times vary by theatre. Starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Hemsworth. (3:01) (Rated PG-13: for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language.)
NOW SHOWING AT THE HORNBECK and PENTHOUSE TWIN THEATRE:
“FIVE FEET APART”: Seventeen-year-old Stella spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control — all of which get put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness. There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction. Starring David Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse. (1:56) (Rated PG-13: for thematic elements, language and suggestive material.)
“PET SEMATARY”: Louis Creed, his wife Rachel, and their two children, Gage and Ellie, move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie ‘Pet Sematary’ located nearby. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better. Starring Jason Clarke and John Lithgow. (1:41) (Rated R: for horror violence, bloody images, and some language.)
“LITTLE”: Jordan is a take-no-prisoners tech mogul who torments her long-suffering assistant, April, and the rest of her employees on a daily basis. She soon faces an unexpected threat to her personal life and career when she magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself right before a do-or-die presentation. Jordan will now need to rely on April more than ever — if April is willing to stop treating Jordan like a 13-year-old child who has an attitude problem. Starring Regina Hall and Marsai Martin. (1:49) (Rated PG-13: for some suggestive content.)
“WONDER PARK”: June, an optimistic, imaginative girl, discovers an incredible amusement park called Wonderland hidden in the woods. The park is full of fantastical rides and talking, funny animals – only the park is in disarray. June soon discovers the park came from her imagination and she’s the only one who can fix it, so she bands together with the animals to save this magical place and bring back the wonder in Wonderland. Featuring the voices of Jennifer Garner and Mila Kunis. (1:25) (Rated PG: for some mild thematic elements and action.)
Joliet Junior College adjunct art professor Margie Glass Sula said participating students began working on their design sketches last summer.
“The students wanted to incorporate old and new so to speak, the Rialto being a very old iconic theater, and the idea it’s still there functioning as a positive lasting beacon to the downtown Joliet area,” Sula said in an email. “Despite all the changes, ups and downs, it’s still there, embracing progress.”
Design elements included the comedy and tragedy masks from the ancient Greeks, geometry and urban street art “to show the theater’s ability to adapt to a changing world over the decades,” Sula wrote in the email.
Once the Rialto accepted their design, students estimated the amount of paint they needed while Rialto staff prepared the panels, Sula said.
Sula said Lori Schahrer, chair of the fine arts department, financed any supplies the students needed and provided studio space for the students to work.
Carol Foote, fine arts department secretary, accommodated supply orders and entry to the studio, Sula added.
In an email Sula said lead artist Julian Gonzales devoted most time to the project (200 hours). The following students also participated: Angela Moreno, (21 hours), Jacquelyn Listello (25 hours) and Kallyn Petrich (14 hours). Gonzales, of Romeoville, said he put the time and effort into the panels for several reasons:
Sula is his favorite teacher; he loves to paint; and he was allowed to incorporate some of his personal artistic style, such as lettering and spray painting.
He would love to collaborate on another project.
“I enjoy doing art and just want to get better,” Gonzalez said. “I like to be in shadows, but I like to be known as a person who does the art.”
Photo by Randy Feere Phil Stark on stage with Outerbridge as a magician’s assistant.
Welcome to the dark side! For the last 14 years I have worked in an office with no windows. My team and I mostly work 12-hour shifts; evenings and weekend. You normally don’t see me unless something is wrong. I work in the theatre at the Esplanade, and I love my job. In 2005 when my boots hit the ground, management had a plan for 10 shows in 10 days. I said to myself, “These people have no idea what happens behind the scenes to make a show happen!” Fast forward to today, and we are a technician team of three full-time and a couple of casual employees.
Part of my job as the technical director is co-ordinating the logistics, including crew, equipment, parking and safety to name a few. Some of the larger shows require a crew of 30 or more to work with the in-house employees and road crew. We can start a load-in as early as 7a.m. to be ready for the evening performance. Then, after the show, we take it all down and pack it back into the trucks, and send them on their way to the next stop. Depending on the theatre schedule for the next day, we might have to restore the theatre or ‘house’ to ensure that we are ready for a load in the next day, it’s all about flexibility. Our roles at the Esplanade differ from theaters in larger centers. There, a theatre technician job is broken down into multiple positions such as carpentry, electrics, rigging, properties, audio, stage management and wardrobe. With our limited crew, we tend to fill multiple roles to get the job done. Although we excel in some areas over others, depending on the show demands, you might find me mixing lighting or audio, hanging chain motors, or assisting Caillou to get his “head on straight.” I’ve even assisted during magic shows but you didn’t know I was there!
I believe that my team and I have made the theatre flexible and dynamic, ready to meet show needs quickly and efficiently, thanks to the confidence from a few thousand events under our belts. Sure, the days are long, turn-around time can be short and lack sleep can wear you down, but working with the talented artists, road crew, and my fellow employees, coupled with the reactions from appreciative Medicine Hat audiences make my job a rewarding one.
Phil Stark is technical director at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre.