The Normal Theater is temporarily closed as we all do our part to combat the spread of COVID-19, but there are still films for you to enjoy at home while supporting the theater.
Check out the titles below, or visit our Online Screenings page for more information.
This new documentary rips back the curtain on legendary rock rag CREEM Magazine's wild and disruptive newsroom, a dysfunctional band of unruly outsiders who weren’t all that different from the artists they covered. Capturing the messy upheaval of the '70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores CREEM Magazine's humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine" remains a seditious spirit in music and culture. NR (Mature) / 75 min.
A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, BEATS follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together. NR (Mature) / 101 min.
Each customer that purchases a virtual ticket will receive a bonus feature that includes a pre-recorded Q&A with Brian Welsh (director) and Steven Soderbergh (executive producer).
Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life – his family, his creative process, his television, his band’s rise to fame and his struggle with addiction. He filmed his daughter’s birth, and archived the politics and culture of the 90’s, an era right before the internet changed the world. Created with his own footage, voice and music, this intimate autobiography is a prescient exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Shannon Hoon’s last work, completed 23 years after his death. NR / 102 min.
When four young orphans—Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura—first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bolognese, and yet none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass, and a charred wok from their former homes—just enough to start a band…and then conquer the world. Tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami. NR / 120 min.
Coalescence Theatre project presents a production of THE EXONERATED by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. Directed by George Jackson III.
THE EXONERATED is a powerful docudrama that centers on six people who were wrongly convicted of and sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit. The six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.
THE EXONERATED features Elaine Hill, Claron Sharrieff, Anthony Overton, Jennifer Cirillo, Kim Wernecke, John Bowen, Wes Melton, Milagro Cortez, and Chuck Pettigrew.
Tabitha Miller, Production Manager for Coalescence will serve as stage manager and THE EXONERATED will be produced by Don Shandrow, Executive Artistic Director of Coalescence Theatre Project
"Riveting, Simple, honest storytelling that demands reflection" - Associated Press
"Artful and moving...pays tribute to the resilience of human hearts and minds."
Without the guidance and protection of their professors, Harry, Ron, and Hermione begin a mission to destroy the Horcruxes, the sources of Voldemort’s immortality. Though they must rely on one another more than ever, dark forces threaten to tear them apart. Voldemort’s Death Eaters have seized control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, and they are searching for Harry -- even as he and his friends prepare for the ultimate showdown. PG-13 / 146 min.
And join us at 7pm for DEATHLY HALLOWS PT. 2. A double-feature ticket is available, with Students able to see both films for just $7 and General Admission tickets available for $10. And yes, you’re welcome to leave the theater between films to go grab dinner; best Sunday ever? Perhaps...
Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. It all ends here. PG-13 / 130 min.
A Jazz / On Screen event, presented by Further Jazz, Inc.
A new documentary exploring archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, as well as original paintings and manuscripts that help define the man behind the music. NR / 115 min.
A concert featuring Glenn Wilson & Friends will follow the film.