Cable Car Celebrates Anniversary With Movie Marathon

(10.2) Starts at noon Saturday. Dan Kamil and Emily Steffian will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cable Car Cinema with a 24-hour marathon of movies from 1976. These two just always come up with the best ideas for special events. Here are a few of my favorite memories.

★”Last Shop Standing,” timed to coincide with Record Store Day, turned into a vinyl flea market street party with live performances. (Prov Monthly 2013)

★”Complex World” celebrated its release on dvd by selling out two theatrical shows. This turned into a 70’s reunion party of Providence’s best musicians and worst reprobates. (The Dose 2010)

★”Out of Our Minds” starred musician Melissa Auf Der Maur who followed the screening with a live plugged-in set which totally rocked. (The Dose 2010) I still can’t quite believe that that happened.

★”The Last Picture Show” ushered out the old reel-to-reel, making room for the new digital projection system. Some of us got Dan’s homemade ribs as well. (Prov Monthly 2013)

They also work regular Magic Lantern screenings into the schedule. And who can forget that guy who sang “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” before every movie for years and years? (What happened to him?)

The 40 years being celebrated predate the Kamils who purchased the place in 2008 from the original owners, Ray and Al Bilodeau. So big thanks to everyone for being such an asset to the neighborhood and giving obscure, small-budget films a chance. And at such reasonable prices!

As to the marathon, I am personally looking forward to “Car Wash” with Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Melanie Mayron, and the Pointer Sisters (Saturday at 4:15pm). But also, “Carrie” and “Rocky” and “All the President’s Men” are good too.

Night owls can stay up for “Blank Generation” — Talking Heads, Television, the Dolls, Blondie — 2am Sunday, followed by Bowie in “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”

Go here for the schedule. The marathon kicks off with “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” at noon on Saturday.

Thank you Dan and Emily!

24-Hour Movie Marathon, starts noon Saturday, October 1, Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street, (directions)


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