Studio Movie Grill hasn’t been open two months at the EpiCentre, and it’s already starting a quiet revolution in the local movie business: For a fee of $19 a month ($49 for three months), you’re guaranteed tickets to a minimum of four movies that have never played here before – and, given Charlotte’s exhibition patterns, almost certainly won’t get a full theatrical run.
Gathr Films, which culls work from companies such as Millennium Entertainment, Kino-Lorber and Music Box, will hold preview screenings of first-run films ahead of the studios’ New York and Los Angeles theatrical openings. We’re one of 20 markets in America to get the program.
It starts Tuesday with “The Iceman,” a true crime story about Mafia hit man/serial killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon). That one’s included in the May subscription price. The series continues May 7 with “The Deep,” a drama by Baltasar Kormákur about an Icelandic fisherman who tries to survive in the ocean after his boat capsizes.
Here’s how it works: Seven days before each screening, Gathr Previews members will get an e-mail alerting them to screening details. They need to RSVP at least 24 hours before the screening to reserve a seat; a limited number of full-price companion tickets will also be set aside for members. Un-reserved seats will be sold to the general public on the day of the screening.
Here are the rest of the titles through the end of June, all screening on Tuesdays: “Ain’t in it for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm,” May 14; “What Maisie Knew,” May 21; “100 Bloody Acres,” May 28; “Stuck in Love,” June 4; “More than Honey,” June 11; “The Good Son,” June 18; and “Broken,” June 25.
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