Wednesday, August 19, 2020

After making their case in Columbia, Terrace Theater plans careful reopening this Friday

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Posted by Kevin Young on Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 12:02 PM

Terrace Theater owner Paul Brown (left) wants to reopen the locally owned theater the right way - RUTA SMITH
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  • Terrace Theater owner Paul Brown (left) wants to reopen the locally owned theater the right way
Movie theater chains will be slowly reopening in the next few weeks, observing public health guidelines as the pandemic lingers. Regal Cinemas (Azalea Square, Palmetto Grande, Cinebarre) and Cinemark (Movies 8 in Summerville) are on track to open later in the month. Southeast Cinemas (Citadel Mall, Northwoods) reopened on Aug. 13.

On a local note, Terrace Theater made the trek to Columbia earlier this month to present their case for reopening to Gov. Henry McMaster. Since the pandemic hit, Terrace has gotten by with private screenings, virtual cinema and converting part of the parking lot into a drive-in.

Not long after making their reopening announcement on Instagram, owner and operator Paul Brown spoke with us about the experience.

City Paper: Personally and professionally, how have the past few months been for you and for the staff?
Paul Brown: They have been oddly uplifting and empowering. After the shock and sadness (and gin), we picked ourselves up and decided to do something productive. We never wanted to be a GoFundMe-type business.

CP: How did the trip to Columbia come about?
PB: [McMaster's] chief of staff saw our CNBC piece I sent to them. With a lot of prodding from our national theater association and us, they agreed to meet.

CP: From the trip up to Columbia to meeting the governor, what was the whole experience like?
PB: The governor was very approachable. This is not a political issue, it’s about a small business being able to control its narrative and responsibly be allowed to open safely. He was interested in the movie business and we offered a personal side. He knew of the theater and its impact on community.

CP: What are the plans going forward?
PB: Well, we will continue the drive-in. We are using this time to perfect our system [inside the theater]. This is a time for small businesses to rise. We can do better than the national chains because our staff is involved daily.

CP: Over the course of the pandemic, you’ve used the marquee to add some levity and put a COVID spin on classic movie titles. My favorite was The Social Distancing Network. What was yours?
PB: Mr. Smith Goes to Wash His Hands!

The Terrace reopens its indoor seating on Aug. 21 with two new releases (Unhinged and Made In Italy), followed by three new movies the following the week. New safety precautions include touchless bathroom fixtures, frequent cleaning with hospital grade disinfectants and mandated masks for both guests and employees.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Netflix's 'Outer Banks' officially renewed for a second season

The hornt-up Goonies return

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 6:02 PM

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Today Netflix announced that its hit YA series, Outer Banks (OBX), has been renewed for a second season. Created by Jonas Pate, Josh Pate and Shannon Burke, the series follows a group of teens in a coming of age story set in North Carolina's Outer Banks.
In case you were living under a rock, OBX was mostly filmed in the Charleston area and even starred Charleston native, Madelyn Cline as Sarah Cameron. (True OBX fans will know that Cline and co-star Chase Stokes, who plays John B, announced their real-life relationship on Instagram earlier this summer.)

While OBX showrunners have not announced whether they will be filming in the Charleston area again, a recent Instagram post by the show's account featured the caption, "See you in the Bahamas." The real Bahamas? The Charleston version of the Bahamas? Only time will tell.

Stay tuned to OBX's 'gram for more cryptic posts and we'll keep y'all updated with season 2 as more details are released.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Charleston's Jewish Film Fest goes virtual with online screenings and Q&As

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Posted by Jeanne Dunn on Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 7:30 AM

Throughout July and August, College of Charleston’s Jewish Studies Program is hosting a virtual Jewish Filmfest. With support from the Jewish Community Center Endowment, they will be showing three different Jewish films over six weeks, each movie showing for two weeks.

Each film costs $10 to watch (with special code cjff20) and will be available for 48 hours after buying the tickets for viewing. There are free zoom Q&A sessions with the filmmakers that accompany the streaming of the movies.

The films included this year:

Based on a bestselling book by Robert Seethaler, The Tobacconist follows the journey of a teenage boy who meets Sigmund Freud during his apprenticeship at a tobacco shop in Vienna. They form a heartfelt friendship, but as conditions in the city intensify due to Nazi occupation, they both have to decide how to handle the current events. (Available through July 24).

My Polish Honeymoon follows a newlywed Jewish couple as they travel to Poland for the first time. Though the trip’s original purpose is a honeymoon where they also plan to attend a commemoration for a grandparent’s past village, their travel ultimately becomes an opportunity to connect to their family’s roots and embrace their Jewish heritage. (Available July 31-August 14). Join a Q&A with filmmakers Aug. 4 at 1 p.m., register online.

When an athletic German prisoner of war unexpectedly becomes the goalkeeper for a local team near Manchester, he also ends up falling in love with a young English woman. A biographical love story, The Keeper follows the couple’s relationship as they overcome the obstacles faced due to public disapproval and backlash. (Available August 7-21, tickets will become available closer to the date).

Learn more online.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Blake Shelton brings cinematic drive-in concert to The Bend on July 25

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Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 9:05 AM

Country star Blake Shelton presents a cinematic drive-in concert experience to fans all across the country on July 25. Locally, you can catch his concert on the big screen at outdoor venue The Bend. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets ($114.99 per vehicle) can be purchased online starting July 14 at noon.

Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins join Shelton for the virtual show; the three will perform and tell stories. In a press release Shelton said: "I’m excited we’re getting the chance to perform a concert for fans and we’re going to go back and play old hits like ‘Austin,’ newer songs like ‘God’s Country’ and we might even introduce something brand new! So fill up those popcorn tubs and get ready for some country music!"

Presented by Encore Live, this outdoor concert experience will take all safety precautions into consideration: cars will be parked at least six feet apart, customers can use contactless payment and all staff will be required to wear PPE.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Charlamagne Tha God reportedly getting weekly talk show on Comedy Central

"I want to talk about the things that can actually impact somebody’s life"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 11:48 AM

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Moncks Corner native Charlamagne Tha God, best known as the host of popular radio franchise The Breakfast Club, may soon be getting his very own talk show on Comedy Central.

According to Vulture, Charlamagne's series will air weekly during a half-hour time slot with a focus on current events and cultural issues. The goal is to have the series in production by November.

Charlamagne told Vulture that his new show will have a cable news feel, inspired by the likes of TV personalities John Oliver and Bill Maher. He notes that he doesn't want the show to simply be a "rehash" of the week, telling Vulture: "I want to talk about the things that can actually impact somebody’s life, in a real way — the things that can actually help move the culture forward."

TV vet Chris McCarthy recently took over control of Comedy Central, and hopes to revitalize the network with shows like Charlamagne's. McCarthy told Vulture: "The reality is we’re not channels. We’re content. What represents us is the content that we create, the talent we work with. So the whole idea of what we’ve been doing has been about shifting the entire paradigm so that we take the best out of the groups [and] really liberate the brand."

On Charlamagne, McCarthy said: "Charlamagne’s voice is very right for today. It’s fresh and real and resonating in a way that very few can do."

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