Special Events At The Cinema Arts Centre

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In the coming months Cinema Arts Centre will be hosting a number of important and interesting special events and screenings. Events include documentary films about Long Island communities and important social issues, Cinema For Kids events, Cult favorite movies, pop-up superhero drawing events, Stage-to-screen events, appearances from NYT best-selling authors, and more!

Cinema for Kids: Early Man

$7 Members | $12 Public | FREE for children under 12

Saturday, November 24th at 11:00 AM


From the creators of Wallace and Gromit comes Early Man, an endearing stop-motion film about the invention of soccer and the end of the Stone Age.


Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug (Eddie Redmayne), along with sidekick, the wild boar Hognob, as they unite his tribe in an epic game of soccer, against the mighty Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home. With Early Man, director Nick Park has crafted an adorable and hilarious underdog story about the little-guy standing up to the giants of their day. Created using Aardman Studios meticulous hand-crafted stop-motion animation, Early Man is filled with the lovable nostalgia and expressive characters that made Wallace and Gromit a household name


Cult Café Presents: Cannibal! The Musical

$5 Members | $7 Public

Saturday, November 24th at 10:00 PM

From Trey Parker, the co-creator of South Park, comes Cannibal! The Musical, the “true” story of the only person convicted of cannibalism in America – Alferd Packer. Trey Parker not only wrote, produced, directed and played the leading role in the film, he also wrote the songs and collaborated on the score. (USA, 1993, 96 min., R, English | Dir. Trey Parker)

Monrovia, Indiana

$11 Members | $16 Public

Monday, November 26th 7:00 PM


Director Frederick Wiseman’s latest American opus takes a long, slow look at a rural red-state town.


Small town America is so often depicted in fiction as the idyllic backbone of American life and culture, when in reality local politics and the mundanity of rural life hide below the surface. Wiseman creates a window through which audiences can peer, allowing those of us on the outside to contemplate what life is like for the residents of small American towns like Monrovia.


Monrovia, Indiana isn’t constructed as a critique on rural life in conservative enclaves, but rather a fair examination of the real people often overlooked and romanticized by mass media. By piecing together bits of a pastoral American town, we can gain an understanding of how rural Americans view themselves and their place within the greater American fabric. (USA, 2018, 143 mins., NR, English | Dir. Frederick Wiseman)

Parkland: Inside Building 12 (Community Connections Series)

Wednesday, November 28th (likely 7:30 PM but subject to change)


Parkland, Florida, home of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was forever changed on February 14, 2018. On that day, one killer changed the lives of thousands of individuals.


Through interviews and real-life harrowing footage, director Charlie Minn and the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tell their stories about the events that occurred that day and outline the experiences of those involved. Keeping the focus on the victims and their experiences, Minn recounts the true stories of those present in the building and highlights the raw emotion that follows a tragedy of this scale. Parkland: Inside Building 12 shows what it is truly like to face the ultimate test of humanity and the effects of that test on a young generation.

The aftermath of this shooting, coupled with the constant string of gun-related tragedies throughout the country, prompted students, faculty, and parents to speak out against gun laws and change state legislation. This documentary demonstrates the true power of courage and the resolve it takes to stand up against something bigger than oneself. (USA, 2018, 112 Mins., NR, English | Dir. Charlie Minn) Tickets



$11 Members | $16 Public | Includes reception

Thursday, November 29 at 7:30pm



Three young Native Americans – an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual – strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.


Filmmaker Sydney Freeland draws on her own life experiences as a trans-woman from a Navajo reservation to interweave a story about three diverse young adults and the challenges faced by America’s indigenous people. Sick Boy (Jeremiah Bitsui) drinks himself into a stupor most nights to avoid the responsibilities of his pregnant wife (Elizabeth Frances) and impending military enlistment; Nizhoni (Morningstar Angeline Wilson) lives a sheltered life outside the reservation with her adopted white parents, but dreams of reuniting with her birth family; and confident trans-woman Felixia (Carmen Moore), a sex worker who dreams of auditioning to be a part of the annual Women of the Navajo calendar. Their stories meld together to create a narrative that humanizes the struggles of indigenous Americans; struggles that have manifested as harmful stereotypes within mainstream American culture. (USA, 2014, 95 Mins., NR, English | Sydney Freeland)

Produced by Cindy Campbell

Stand-up Comedy in the Café featuring Stavros Halkias

$13 Members | $17 Public

Friday, November 30th 9:30 PM

Stavros Halkias is a stand-up comedian and co-host of a popular podcast. He has made appearances on Adult Swim, XM Satellite radio, IFC, and the MSG Network, where he wrote and performed on the Emmy nominated, People Talking sports and Other Stuff. He’s been featured in Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball, the New York Comedy Festival, and has toured nationally with Wham City Comedy, Tom Papa, and Robert Kelly.

Cinema For Kids: Elliot The Littlest Reindeer

$7 Members | $12 Public | Free for Children under 12

Saturday, December 1st 11:00 AM

Elliot, a small but determined horse, travels to the North Pole to compete for a spot alongside the famous reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh.  Against all odds, Elliot and his friend Hazel the goat set out to prove that no dream is too big.

Killer Bees (Community Connections Series sponsored by Humanities New York and the National Endowment for the Humanities)

$11 Members | $16 Public

Monday, December 3rd at 7:30

Featuring directors Benjamin & Orson Cummings in person to discuss the film


Killer Bees, a documentary film produced by Shaquille O’Neal, tells the story of the legendary basketball team from Bridgehampton High School that defies stereotypes of The Hamptons. Led by their inspirational coach, Carl Johnson, the Bees prepare to defend their state championship. The fighting spirit they display on the court has become a symbol of hope for a historic African-American community struggling to survive racial discrimination, gentrification and absurd incoming inequality in one of the wealthiest districts in the country. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities(USA, 2018, 85 min., TV-PG, English | Dir. Benjamin & Orson Cummings)


LitFest featuring Lee Child

$30 members | $35 Public | Includes a copy of his novel

Wednesday, December 5th at 7:30 PM


Tickets include author talk, his latest book, Past Tense and book signing reception.


Meet Lee Child, the author of twenty-one New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, twelve of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures—including Jack Reacher (based on One Shot) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in one hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.

Lee Child will be in conversation with Long Island author Reed Farrel Coleman. Tickets

Charlie Chaplin Short Films: Chaplin at Essanay: His New Job, A Woman, and A Jitney Elopement (Anything But Silent)

$11 Members | $16 Public

Thursday, December 6th at 7:30 PM

Cinema Arts Centre’s Anything But Silent film series is back with a collection of Charlie Chaplin short films with live organ accompaniment provided by Ben Model.

In late 1914, Charlie Chaplin was paid the then-unprecedented salary of $1,250 per week (with a bonus of $10,000) in exchange for signing a one-year contract with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. The resulting 14 films he created for Essanay find Chaplin further experimenting with new cinematic techniques, while continuing to add complexities and pathos into his celebrated Little Tramp character, soon to become immortalized as the face, hat, and mustache of modern screen comedy. At Essanay, Chaplin was able to spend more time on his films, allowing him to shape his on screen persona and the comedic style that would make him a household name.

 HIS NEW JOB was Chaplin’s first film after leaving Keystone and moving to Essanay. Ironically, the film’s plot involves the Chaplin’s character, the Tramp, also taking a new job at a movie studio- to disastrous and comedic results. (USA, 1915, 31 Mins., G, English Intertitles | Dir. Charlie Chaplin)

A JITNEY ELOPMENT  involves Charlie’s attempts to rescue his sweetheart from an arranged marriage by posing as a Count- until the real Count turns up. The film features a hilarious car-chase, as well as the use of mistaken identity, one of Chaplin’s favorite comedy tropes. (USA, 1915, 26 Mins., G, English Intertitles | Dir. Charlie Chaplin)

A WOMAN  features Chaplin’s last and finest female impersonation, a then-popular comedic device, and a common feature of the vaudeville and music-hall performances that influenced Chaplin. Chaplin’s use of close-up shots in A Woman, a device rarely used in his Keystone films, mark an important development in his career as a filmmaker. (USA, 1915, 26 Mins., G, English Intertitles | Dir. Charlie Chaplin)

Ben Model is one of America’s leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silent films at the New York MoMA since 1984, and the CAC since 2006.

Mandy starring Nicholas Cage (Night Owl Cinema)

Members $7 | Public $ 12

Friday, December 7th at 10:00 PM

For those who missed Nicholas Cage in Mandy during its initial run, Cinema Arts Centre will be screening this new cult favorite as part of our Night Owl Cinema film series.


1983, Red and Mandy lead a loving and peaceful existence in the Pacific Northwest. When Mandy is captured by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with deadly fire. A gonzo, heavy-metal nightmare. (USA, 2018, 121 min., English, NR | Dir. Panos Cosmatos)

Life and Nothing More (Sunday Schmooze)

Members $11 | Public $16

Sunday, December 9th, Bagels at 10 AM | Film at 11 AM

Stressed by the pressures of raising two children and getting by on her minimum-wage diner job, single mother Regina (Regina Williams) longs to find more to life than constant work, while she attempts to instill in 14-year-old Andrew (Andrew Bleechington) the values she hopes will prevent him from landing in prison like his father. Filmed in Florida, this beautifully crafted drama by Spanish-born filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza employs non-professional actors and documentary realism to create a remarkable snapshot of race, class and the bonds of family in contemporary America. While not a professional actor, Regina Williams was nominated for Best Female Lead at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, opposite the likes of Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan. Jessica Kiang from The Playlist called her “an utter revelation in one of the most compelling performances of the year.” Screen Daily critic Jonathan Romney wrote: “In the light of rising political and racial tension in the US following Charlottesville, there could hardly be a more timely, urgently charged film on the festival circuit than Life and Nothing More.” The film was named by Variety as one of the 10 best films at the Toronto Film Festival, and in Film Comment, critic Amy Taubin called it “a near-perfect film.” (Spain/USA, 2017, 114 mins., English | Di. Antonio Mendez Esparza)

National Theatre Live Presents: William Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra

$20 Members | $25 Public

Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 PM

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.


Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Approx. 220 mins



En El Septimo Dia (Cinema Showcase)

$7 Members | $12 Public

Wednesday, December 12th at 7:30

Director Jim McKay’s (Our SongGirls Town) latest drama is the Brooklyn-shot tale of an undocumented Mexican immigrant, José. Six days a week, he puts in long hours as a bike messenger, struggling for his future, but his one day off is spent on the soccer fields in Sunset Park. José is thrilled when his team makes it to the finals, but when his boss tells him he’ll have to work that day as well, José is faced with an impossible choice. Shot in the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Park Slope, and Gowanus, En El Séptimo Dia is a humane, sensitive and humorous window into a world rarely seen. The film’s impact is made quietly, with restraint and respect for the individual experiences, everyday challenges and small triumphs of its characters. (USA, 2018, 92 mins., NR, English and Spanish | Dir. Jim McKay)


Cherry Grove Stories (Out at the Movies)

$15 Members | $20 Public

December 13th at 7:30 PM

The Long Island Gay and lesbian Film Festival presents Cherry Grove Stories. This documentary film by Michael Fisher recounts the unique character of Cherry Grove, a community on Fire Island, New York. Cherry Grove became a safe haven for gays during a time when two men holding hands in public was illegal. Fisher’s interviews with residents expose hidden stories and unknown facts that need to be told. The filmmaker, Michael Fisher, will be attending the screening. Followed by a reception featuring open bar, food, and Drag Entertainers Olivia London, Toni Homeperm, Anita Morehead and special guests.

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

$11 Member | $16

Sunday, December 16th at 12 PM

Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker. Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it opens with the Christmas festivities of little Clara and her family and progresses through a sequence of dreams and enchantments that take Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets. Peter Wright’s enchanting production with its wondrously growing Christmas tree and a rousing battle between the villainous Mouse King and an army of toy soldiers, mines the color of Tchaikovsky’s score, retaining exquisite surviving fragments of the original Ivanov choreography, including the beautiful pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Women in Love (1969)

$15 Members | $20 Public | Includes reception

Monday, December 17th at 7:30 PM

To celebrate our 45th anniversary we are happy to announce that Cinema Arts Centre will be revisiting a well-loved classic from our film repertoire, the 1969 Oscar Award winning film, Women in Love.

With this film, the audacious Ken Russell vaulted onto the international stage, drawing on the psychosexual radicalism of D. H. Lawrence’s classic novel to shatter taboos in his own time. Set in an English mining community on the crest of modernity, Women in Love traces the shifting currents of desire that link the emancipated Brangwen sisters (Jennie Linden and an Oscar-winning Glenda Jackson) to a freethinking dreamer (Alan Bates) and a hard-willed industrialist (Oliver Reed)—as well as the men’s own erotically charged friendship. Coupling earthy sensuality with kaleidoscopically stylized images, Russell pursues this quartet to the heights of agony and ecstasy, crafting a breathtaking drama of human sexuality at its most liberating, dominating, and destructive extremes. (UK, 1969, 131 Min., R, English| Dir. Ken Russell)

Stand-up Comedy in the Café featuring Mark Normand

$13 Members | $17 Public

Friday, December 21st at 9:30 PM

Mark is a New York based comedian who has done a Comedy Central specials, appeared on TBS’s CONAN 6 times, Tonight Show with Jimmy FallonLate Show with Stephen Colbert, Showtime’s “Live at SXSW”, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, TruTv, Best Week Ever, MTV, Last Comic Standing@Midnight and released an album with Comedy Central. Recently, Mark took first place at the Great American Comedy Festival competition. In 2013 won Caroline’s March Madness competition, beating out 63 other comedians. Mark was named one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch for the 2011 New York Comedy Festival. Mark was also named Esquire’s “Best New Comedians 2012”, Splitsider’s “Top 10 Up and Coming Comedians on Each Coast”, and Time Out New York’s “21 New York Comedy Scene Linchpins”.


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Cult Café!)

$5 Members | $7 Public

Saturday, December 22nd at 10 PM

America’s favorite family; The Griswolds are back and ready to celebrate Christmas with their extended family the only way they could in a continuous chain of disastrous events! Written by John Hughes and based on his short story for National Lampoon “Christmas ’59”. Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, Randy Quaid, Diane Ladd, Doris Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brian Doyle-Murray (USA ,1989, 97 Mins., PG-13, English | Dir. Jeremiah S. Chechik)


Pop ! Draw presents: Dark Knight Sketch Night Returns

$20 Members | $25 Publics | $30 at the door

Friday, January 4th from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

A live costumed drawing event for all ages and skill levels! Draw your favorite Batman characters from live models dressed in amazing Batman themed costumes. Bring your drawing supplies or purchase them at the door for $5. Featuring Vendors, Raffles, drawing contests, and more!


The Lego Batman Movie (Cinema for Kids)

$7 Members | $12 Public | FREE for kids under 12

Saturday, January 5th at 11:00 AM

There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two. (USA, 2017, 104 Min., PG, English| Dir. Chris McKay)


Batman Returns (Cult Café)

$5 Members | $7 Public

Saturday, January 5th at 10 PM

The monstrous Penguin (Danny DeVito), who lives in the sewers beneath Gotham, joins up with wicked shock-headed businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) to topple the Batman (Michael Keaton) once and for all. But when Shreck’s timid assistant, Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer), finds out, and Shreck tries to kill her, she is transformed into the sexy Catwoman. She teams up with the Penguin and Shreck to destroy Batman, but sparks fly unexpectedly when she confronts the caped crusader. (USA, 1992, 104 Min., NR, English, Dir. Tim Burton)


Far From The Tree

$11 Members | $16 Public

Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 PM

In Person: Best Selling Author Andrew Solomon, and other speakers to be announced
Co-presented with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Join acclaimed author Andrew Solomon for a screening of the documentary adaptation of his bestselling book about the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another in ways that invite viewers to rethink what it means to be a “normal family.”

Far From the Tree is an intimate, profoundly human look at families raising children society deems “abnormal”: a mother and son determined to show the world that his Down syndrome does not define him; a couple learning to communicate with their bright but nonverbal autistic son; a young woman dealing with what it means to be the only little person in her family; and parents whose deep love for their son persists even after he has committed an unspeakable crime. Tracing their joys, challenges, tragedies, and triumphs, Far From the Tree invites viewers to rethink what it means to be a “normal family.” (USA, 2018, 93 min., NR, English | Dir. Rachel Dretzin)

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