The Hippo


Sep 23, 2019








The Goonies

Live at the movie theater

Fathom Events, the distributors for the Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead show coming to Cinemagic, has several other live events, rebroadcasts of live events and other special programming on the schedule for this summer. 
For example, other shows in the Classic Music Series include Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of on May 13 and R.E.M. by MTV on May 19, both of which will screen at both Merrimack and Hooksett Cinemagics.
Catch plays, such as the Stradford Festival HD production of Anthony & Cleopatra on May 21  and an encore presentation of The Met’s La Traviata on July 8 (both of which are screening at the Merrimack Cinemagic as well as the Fox Run Stadium 15 in Newington).
Fans of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 show can catch some of its performers in RiffTrax presentations of movies such as The Room (May 12) and Sharknado 2: The Second One (July 9 and July 16) — both of these screenings will take place at Hooksett and Merrimack Cinemagics, the Carmike Cinemas in Londonderry and the Fox Run in Newington.
See for a full schedule. 
Area cinemas
Chunky’s (151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua, 880-8055; 150 Bridge St., Pelham, 635-7499;
Cinemagic (1226 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 644-4629; 11 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, 423-0240;
• O’Neil Cinemas  (24 Calef Hwy., Epping, 670-3529,
• Regal Cinemas Concord (282 Loudon Road in Concord, 226-0099,

Coming to a theater near you
Multiplexes offer more than the latest blockbusters

By Angie Sykeny

It's not all superheroes and reboots at area multiplexes. Many have other programming planned for the summer.

The Cinemagic theaters in Hooksett and Merrimack have some special showings lined up for summer.
Both locations are participating in a classics program. Once a month, the theaters feature a cult classic accompanied by trivia and prizes. The Hooksett theater will show The Goonies (PG,1985, out June 4), The Last Dragon (PG-13, 1985, out July 9) and Dune (PG-13, 1984, out Aug. 6). All shows are at 8 p.m. Merrimack will show Pulp Fiction (R, 1994), Stand by Me (R, 1986) and Clerks (R, 1994). See for release dates.
“We’ve seen a large response to it,” Zach Adam, marketing and events manager, said. “Everyone loves to see their favorite cult flick on the big screen.”
July 3 through July 5, both the Hooksett and Merrimack theaters will feature the third title in Fathom Events’ Classic Music Series, a three-night showing of Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead, with different concert footage of the Grateful Dead on each night.
Throughout the summer, the Merrimack theater will feature the Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore series, where live opera performances are brought to the big screen.
Both theaters will also feature the summer blockbusters. Adam said the most anticipated summer films include Entourage, based on the HBO series; Jurassic World, part of the Jurassic Park series; and Minions, the third Despicable Me movie.
“Having seen the next year’s worth of content, I can say it’s going to be an incredible summer,” he said. 
Chunky’s is a movie theater and restaurant where you can order food and eat while you watch a film. This summer, check out some of Chunky’s monthly special events in its Pelham and Nashua locations.
Twice a month, usually on the second or third Wednesday afternoon and the second or third Saturday morning, the theater features a sensory friendly showing for children with autism or other special needs. The film shown is the theater’s latest PG movie, which this month is Home (2015). It will have special screenings Wednesday, May 13, at 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 16, at 9 a.m.
“What we do is, we don’t turn the lights all the way down, and the sound isn’t very loud,” Jamie Connolly, general manager, said. “Kids are free to get up and dance, sing, talk, without people getting disrupted.”
Also monthly is the “little lunch date” series, which is an opportunity for parents or guardians to come out with their preschool aged kids and enjoy a film for free. The film is typically an older kids’ movie. For example, this month’s is The Land Before Time (G, 1988), which screens Wednesday, May 13, with three start times (11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m.).
Senior showings are a monthly program where seniors can see a classic movie for free. This month’s movie is Seabiscuit (PG-13, 2003), which will screen at noon on Wednesday, May 13.
Chunky’s is also the venue for Paint Night, where the theater lights are up and a professional artist will instruct attendees in creating a masterpiece, inspired by a painting shown on the big screen. They also occasionally host a live comedy night.
Chunky’s announces showings and events a month in advance, so check their website to see what is upcoming. 
O'neil Cinemas
O’neil Cinemas in Epping is offering several programs and deals for the summer. 
Its largest special program is the Summer Kids Series, with a showing every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m., June 29 through Aug. 19. Tickets are $1 for kids 11 and under and $2 for all others. This summer’s films will be Shrek (PG, 2001), Despicable Me (PG, 2010), Everyone’s Hero (G, 2006), Puss In Boots (PG, 2011), The Lego Movie (PG, 2014), Hook (PG, 1991), Jumanji (PG, 1995) and Happy Feet (PG, 2006).
“Summer is an important season for the theater because a number of engaging family movies are out,” said Megan Keller, who assists with O’neil marketing. “Because school is not in session, there is a chance for us to connect with our younger audience…[and offer] a safe and fun location to enjoy movies and beat the heat.”
O’neil also offers a “date night at the movies” deal, where you can get two adult tickets, two 16-ounce drinks and a medium popcorn for $30. The theater is perhaps best known for its D-BOX theater, where, for select films, the seats move to create a more realistic experience for the viewers.
O’neil often partners with the community for special events and deals, such as a recent special Avengers party with Double Midnight Comics, and discounts for those who dine at 900 Degrees in Epping.
“We want to create unique events for our customers based on movies and make the experience more interactive, fun and memorable,” Keller said. 
$1 movies
The Regal Cinemas in Concord is also offering a kid-friendly series of movies this summer, according to Regal’s website (
The 2015 Summer Movie Express features nine weeks of movies, two movies each week, that screen at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 23 through Aug. 19. The movies, most of which were released in the last year or so, are all rated G or PG, and a portion of the $1 admission goes to the Will Rogers Institute, according to Regal's website.
The series currently kicks off with The Nut Job (PG, 2014) on Tuesday, June 23, and Annie (PG, 2014) on Wednesday, June 24. Also on the schedule:
Earth to Echo (PG, 2014) on Tuesday, June 30, and The Boxtrolls (PG, 2014) on Wednesday, July 1.
Paddington (PG, 2015) on Tuesday, July 7, and Turbo (PG, 2013) on Wednesday, July 8.
Rio 2 (G, 2014) on Tuesday, July 14, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG, 2014) on Wednesday, July 15.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG, 2014) on Tuesday, July 21, and  The Book of Life (PG, 2014) on Wednesday, July 22.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG, 2014) on Tuesday, July 28, and Penguins of Madagascar (PG, 2014) on Wednesday, July 29.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (PG, 2012) on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and Dolphin Tale 2 (PG, 2014) on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Muppets Most Wanted (PG, 2014) on Tuesday, Aug. 11, and Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG, 2014) on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
The LEGO Movie (PG, 2014) on Tuesday, Aug. 18, and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PG, 2015) Wednesday, Aug. 19.
As seen in the May 7, 2015 issue of the Hippo. 

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