"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog


Monday, April 7, 2014

THE REAL "GODZILLA" IS COMING TO YOUR TOWN
US Theatrical Screenings for the Big G's 60th!

初代『ゴジラ』は、アメリカの映画館に来ている!


Original Japanese theatrical release poster (1954). ©Toho Co., Ltd.

UPDATED (07/07/14): Rialto Pictures is once again rolling out the uncut Japanese version of the 1954 classic, boasting a brand-new 60th Anniversary DCP (Digital Cinema Package) Restoration (the transfer made for the Criterion Collection release) and it is now being booked in theaters around the US of A — contact your local cinema to screen it! Now, below is a quick look at the current dates and cities (those in red are newly-announced):

:: March 11: AUSTIN, TX • Alamo Ritz 1 (SXSW Film Festival)

:: April 12: HOLLYWOOD, CA • TCM Classic Film Festival

:: April 18–24: NEW YORK, NY • Film Forum

:: April 25–May 1: SANTA FE, NM • Jean Cocteau Cinema
(Absent from Rialto's current update, status unknown)

:: May 1: SAVANNAH, GA • Savannah Film Festival 

:: May 2: HOLLYWOOD, CA • American Cinematheque Egyptian Theatre

:: May 2–4 & 6: SILVER SPRING, MD • AFI Silver

:: May 2–5: PORTLAND, OR • Hollywood Theatre

:: May 2–8: SEATTLE, WA • SIFF Cinema Uptown

:: May 2–8: SOMERVILLE,  MA • Somerville Theatre

:: May 4: ASHBURN, VA • Alamo Drafthouse One Loudoun

:: May 4: LOS ANGELES,  CA • Landmark Regent Theatre

:: May 5–8: EDGEWOOD, PA • Pittsburgh Filmmakers (Regent Square)

:: May 5 & 8: KALAMAZOO, MI • Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo

:: May 8: AMBLER, PA • The Ambler Theater

:: May 8: KANSAS CITY, MO • Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet

:: May 9–11: NASHVILLE, TN • The Belcourt

:: May 9: DALLAS, TX • Angelika Dallas

:: May 9–15: CHICAGO, IL • Music Box Theatre

:: May 9–15: DENVER, CO • Denver Film Society

:: May 9–15: FORT COLLINS, CO • Lyric Cinema Cafe

:: May 9–15: ALBANY, NY • The Madison Theater

:: May 9–15: SAN FRANCISCO, CA • Sundance Cinemas Kabuki

:: May 9–15: MENTOR, OH • Atlas Cinemas Great Lakes Stadium 16

:: May 11–12: MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, OH • Atlas Cinemas Eastgate 10

:: May 11 & 13: LUBBOCK, TX • Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock

:: May 12–13: WICHITA, KS • Warren Theatres Old Town

:: May 12 –14: HOLLYWOOD, CA • ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood

:: May 12–13 & 15: EL SEGUNDO, CA • ArcLight Cinemas Beach Cities

:: May 12–13 & 15: PASADENA, CA • ArcLight Cinemas Pasadena

:: May 12–13 & 15: SAN DIEGO, CA • ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla

:: May 12–14: LOS ANGELES, CA • ArcLight Cinemas Sherman Oaks

:: May 13–14: ALAMEDA, CA • Alameda Theater & Cineplex

:: May 14: DOYLESTOWN,  PA • The County Theater

:: May 14: BETHLEHEM, PA • Arts Quest

:: May 15: BOISE, ID • The Flicks

:: May 15: NEW BRAUNFELS, TX • Alamo Drafthouse Marketplace

:: May 15: SAN ANTONIO, TX • Alamo Drafthouse Park North

:: May 15: JENKINTOWN,  PA • The Hiway Theater
(Missing from Rialto's current update)

:: May 23–26 HOUSTON, TX • The Museum of Fine Arts

:: May 28: LEXINGTON, KY • Kentucky Theatre

:: July 17: COLUMBUS, OH • Wexner Center for the Arts

:: July 18: BERKELEY, CA • Pacific Film Archive

:: August 10 & 12: ANN ARBOR, MI • Michigan Theater

Stay tuned for more dates... And if you don't see your city or town, contact your local theaters and ask them to book the film. Also, the new, paperback edition of my book, EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS on sale May 6th from Chronicle Books — and I'm available to introduce the screenings (with a visual presentation on the making of the film).

Currently, my confirmed appearance dates (as of Monday, April 7th) include May 2nd - 4th (The Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR) and May 13th & 14th (Alameda Theater, Alameda, CA). More dates to be announced — for booking contact us at august [dot] ragone [at] gmail [dot] com!

Lifelong Godzilla fan and composer, John "Dutch" DeSentis will be introducing the screening at the Arts Quest Center in Bethlehem, PA on May 14th, and will take questions after the film. For more information, click here.

More importantly, Gareth Edwards, director of Legendary Pictures' upcoming GODZILLA, hosted the screenings at SXSW in Austin and the TCM Film Festival in Hollywood!

6 comments:

dean cornett said...

Lexington, KY. Woot Woot!!!
I will be there.
Always wanted to see the original on the big screen.

August Ragone said...

Dean,
I'm sure you'll enjoy it — and help to spread the word!

Cheers,
August

William Amaro said...

ahh sweet please come to Denver Colorado! I already had the pleasure of seeing it on the big screen 3 times back in 2004 but definitely wouldn't mind seeing it once more in the cinema

August Ragone said...

William,
Contact your local theaters — especially if you have an Alamo Drafthouse — and ask them to screen the film!

Cheers,
August

Cybergecko said...

Let me know if you're doing any appearances on the East Coast!

ShuTang said...

Looking forward to seeing it when it comes to Chicago!