Each film that will be showcased in the series will have a special on-stage introduction by Jeffrey Gabel, area cinema aficionado and founding executive director of the theater. The Majestic will also have a special raffle prize giveaway during each show.
There’s something for everyone in the theater’s “Summer Classic Movies” showcase, ranging from classic flicks to cult favorites and modern features.
The “grand finale” of the theater’s summer classic cinema showcase series was the 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical “The Band Wagon.” The film was shown on the evening of Aug. 23 inside the larger-than-life Majestic cinema and stage house. The Majestic is operated by Gettysburg College, the theater is under the banner of the Jennifer and David LeVan performing arts center.
Before the presentation of “The Band Wagon” at the Majestic, there was a special pre-show introduction that was presented by Jeffrey W. Gabel, area movie buff and founding executive director of the historic theater. With his enthusiastic and entertaining opening before “The Band Wagon,” Gabel shared some interesting and fascinating facts about the film.
Ticket stub from the “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” presentation at the R/C Hanover multiplex (Chris Hamby/Chris Hamby Films).
Fans of RiffTrax and “Mystery Science Theater 3000” in the Hanover area gathered to watch an encore “double feature” of two popular RiffTrax events.
“RiffTrax Live: Holiday Double Feature” (Showcased at the R/C Hanover Movies 16 in Hanover, Pennsylvania)
About 10 audience members (including the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections”) attended the RiffTrax Holiday Double Feature, presented by RiffTrax in conjunction with Fathom Events on the evening of Thu., Dec. 1 at the R/C Hanover Movies 16 multiplex (a sister cinema venue to the Gateway Gettysburg cinema, which also showcased the RiffTrax/Fathom screening).
The First Offering: “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians” (1964, riffed by the RiffTrax crew in 2013)
The first offering in the RiffTrax Holiday Double Feature was an encore presentation of the RiffTrax crew’s 2013 riff of Nicholas Webster’s 1964 Z-budget film (a “golden turkey” favorite of all MSTies), “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (featuring Pia Zadora as the martian Girmar, Bill McCutcheon as Dropo, Ned Wertimer as news reporter Andy Henderson and John Call as Santa Claus).
Before the riffing of “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett riffed a low-budget holiday kiddie short from the early 1950s, “Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen.”
Produced by industrial and educational filmmaker Sid Davis, this was different than Davis’ usual lineup of low-budget industrial and educational films (usually dealing with highway safety). Davis’ “Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen” was a hilariously dismal rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”
The Second Offering (after the intermission): More Shorts! “RiffTrax Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza” (2009, with a cavalcade of Castle shorts- No pun intended)
After the intermission, audiences were treated to an encore of the RiffTrax crew’s 2009 live performance, “RiffTrax Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza,” featuring special guest “Weird Al” Yankovic hilariously mocking a 1939 musical short on New England pork, “Three Magic Words.” The short was directed by Al Christie, a veteran film producer who produced short comedic films, dating back to the silent era. It was produced by another industrial/educational film company, Wilding Picture Productions.
An evening of hilarity and cheesy holiday films (and shorts) that was enjoyed by all
The “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” was an enjoyable (and hilarious) experience, along with new holiday photo wraparounds (of photos sent in by RiffTrax fans from coast-to-coast) hosted by Mike, Kevin and Bill. Attendees of the special presentation were also treated to the iconic pre-show trivia slides, along with an exclusive offer for a digital holiday package full of RiffTrax goodies!
With the fine art of riffing by the RiffTrax crew and special guest “Weird Al” Yankovic (during the 2009 shorts-stravangaza with creepy Z-budget cinematic Santas), the double-feature holiday presentation was an enjoyable experience that was enjoyed by all! The “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” was the perfect escape (before the stress of final exams/final projects week)!
One year ago today, the companion site to “At the Matinee” launched on WordPress as a blog that was originally written for Online Journalism.
“Silver Screen Reflections:” One-Year Anniversary
The management of “Silver Screen Reflections” has experienced interesting (and entertaining) motion pictures in cinemas (including revival screenings), television showings (including streaming) and interesting facts about classic/cult films.
From the latest information in vintage/cult film (and television programs), to revival screenings, fun facts about motion pictures and related events to classic cinema in the Frederick area (and beyond), the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” has covered many stories on the art of classic movies.
There will be more in store for October on “Silver Screen Reflections”
Be on the lookout for future articles on classic/cult film throughout the month of October on “Silver Screen Reflections.” To all friends of the Matinee, thanks for reading! “Don’t ignore good entertainment.”
-All the best,
Blog Writer/Creator, “Silver Screen Reflections”
Host of “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” on Hood College’s Blazer Radio
Fans of MST3K, RiffTrax and Toho Japanese monster films will be in for a treat as one of the classic kaiju flicks will be riffed.
RiffTrax Live: “Mothra” (1961)
RiffTrax, in conjunction with Fathom Events and Columbia Pictures will present a special RiffTrax Live presentation of the 1961 Japanese monster film, “Mothra.” It will be showcased in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast on Thurs., Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. (with an encore presentation on Tue., Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m.) Eastern.
Featuring veteran riffers and MST3K alums Michael Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, the RiffTrax crew will be riffing “Mothra” from the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee, which will be broadcast to participating cinema complexes throughout the nation. According to a recent press release on the upcoming RiffTrax event, “Mothra” has been one of many top films that have been on the crew’s list for riffing.
The film features actors Frankie Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyoko Kagawa, Jerry Ito (whose name was misspelled as “Jelly Ito” in the opening credits of the film), Emi Ito, Yuri Ito (while the two aforementioned actresses have no connection to Jerry Ito, they were a popular Japanese singing duo, who performed under the name of “The Peanuts”), Masamitsu Tayama and Takashi Shimura.
“Mothra” lands in the United States
Columbia Pictures picked up the American distribution rights to the Toho film and released it to theaters in 1962. It was dubbed in English for American audiences.
According to the Lantern Media History Archive, Columbia’s television subsidiary (Screen Gems) syndicated the dubbed version of “Mothra” in a package of vintage Columbia horror and sci-fi flicks to local stations, titled “X.”
Why you should see RiffTrax Live: “Mothra”
If you’re a fan of RiffTrax, MST3K or vintage Japanese monster films, this is the perfect opportunity to see a “riffed” version of Mothra, through the courtesy of RiffTrax and Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.
Sidenote: The RiffTrax presentation of “Mothra” was first announced during the coming attractions slideshow for other Fathom Events screenings. This took place during the showing of “RIffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show” back in June at Regal’s Germantown 14 cineplex. Several audience members were excited about the upcoming RiffTrax presentation of “Mothra,” and sung the “Mothra Chant” (in the style in which “The Peanuts” sang in the 1961 film)!
The historic Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will be bringing back a series of vintage and cult motion pictures for the summer. The theater’s “2016 Summer Classic Movies” series will be presented every Wednesday evening* at 7:30 p.m., beginning on June 1 and will end on Aug. 24. The ticket price for each movie is $6 per person.
Each film presentation will have a special introduction by Jeffrey Gabel, area movie buff and founding executive director of The Majestic. In addition to the screening of films, a special raffle prize giveaway will also occur.
Osborne, a noted film critic and longtime TCM host (since the network’s launch in 1994), was originally slated to make a special guest appearance on stage at the Majestic, before the cinema’s screening of “Casablanca” (alongside Jeffrey W. Gabel, founding executive director of the theater). The cinema is honoring ticket refunds.