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"...The "Small Mall That Has It All" is getting the one thing it's really needed for a while: a fresh coat of paint. The Austin Biz Journal reports the Dobie Mall is getting $2 million of remodeling – in efforts to attract more tenants than that stinking used-VHS store that's closed every Sunday that Chronic makes it down to the Dobie Theatre, we wager..."
"...Louis, I've enjoyed the Dobie Theatre for years as a sanctuary to enjoy art, a place somewhat protected from the destruction of Austin uniqueness, a place comfortable for those of us who find most mainstream movies to be distasteful. I went to see Step Into Liquid recently, a great piece of work by the son of Bruce Brown no less, and felt quite shocked and angered at what appeared on the screen before the feature..."
"...Starring: Cheng Ka Win, Tai Pic and Lo Pan. This 1995 Hong Kong film kicks off The New Far Eastern Film Series sponsored by the Cinema Differentia Company and the Dobie Theatre..."
"...That means that this silent classic comes with an original soundtrack composed by Price exclusively for this movie and performed live at each screening by Price and accordion accompanist Mike Maddux. Over the last year, Price and the Dobie Theatre have presented two other silent films (Nosferatu and Aleita, Queen of Mars) in this fashion, thus The Cabinet of Dr..."
"...Fleeing when reruns of their show appear on cable TV, they aimlessly drive from town to town with their self-appointed traveling companion, Maryland, who has become Leigh's lover.'' They end up in a Virginia fishing town where they settle in among the colorful locals. Calling it a “witty and well-observed effort,'' reviewer Joe Leydon went on to note, “Pic recalls the low-key humor and insight of another no-frills debut, John Sayles Return of the Secaucus 7.'' In conjunction with SXSW there will be one screening of Buffalo Jump, at 5pm on Saturday, March 20 at the Dobie Theatre, a limited number of tickets will be available at the box office...."
"...Steven Soderbergh’s Bubble is likely to be remembered as the adequate but unspectacular first volley in Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s modern experiment in vertical film integration. Through their new media company 2929 Entertainment, the Broadcast.com billionaires are now owners of the distribution company Magnolia Pictures, the national arthouse theatre chain Landmark Theatres (which operates the Dobie Theatre in Austin), and the HDNet cable TV channels and production company..."
"...Twenty years ago, when filmmakers Richard Linklater and Lee Daniel put their disheveled heads together and formed the Austin Film Society, they decided to host their inaugural screening at the Dobie Theatre, the perfect gathering place, they felt, for an eccentric new film collective. Starting this Friday, the society is once again at the Dobie with the appropriately titled AFS@Dobie, a three-month series that will feature a new independent film every week, showing twice nightly for seven nights in one of the Dobie's curiously decorated, geometrically suspect theatres...."
"...Flesh Gordon screens June 28-30, midnight, at the Dobie Theatre (2021 Guadalupe)...."
"...The Mona Lisa causes ruckuses daily, so why not Matthew Barney? At least it's something to talk about. Matthew Barney's Cremaster cycle will screen throughout the week at the Dobie Theatre..."
"...It's final touches time at the new Austin Film Society Cinema: fine-tuning the projectors, training staff on the ticketing system, installing the lights, and spraying a shimmering, golden fan pattern, a nod to the Golden Age of picture houses, on the arch above the door. This weekend, the old Marchesa Hall & Theatre reopens as AFS Cinema, a two-screen theatre dedicated to the society's mission of bringing the best of new and classic international and independent cinema to Austin audiences..."
"...Starring: David Grant, Stephen Grant, Joy Gewalt, John Kessel and Will Shuford. Following its inclusion in the SXSW Film Festival, The Delicate Art of the Rifle has been held over for a world theatrical premiere at the Dobie Theatre..."
"...Just compare the movie’s lumpen but delightfully realistic dog, Bruno, to any cute cartoon animal offered for popular adoption by the studios, and you’ll understand la différence. Screening at the Dobie Theatre only before The Triplets of Belleville is an unearthed film relic called "Destino," made in 1946 (although not completed until 2001) by the odd pairing of Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí..."
"...Beginning Friday, the Dobie Theatre celebrates this partnership with an eight-film retrospective, showcasing new prints of High and Low, Throne of Blood, Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, Seven Samurai, Rashomon, and Stray Dog. Several feature new translations and subtitles..."
"...As of last Sunday, Feb. 4, the Village Cinema Art movie theatre -- all four screens and 982 seats -- closed its doors for good..."
"...With Scott's era at the Dobie coming to an end, I can't help but think I might be inhabiting some different world right now if our paths hadn't crossed. I wandered into his theatre in the summer of 1985 and explained that my friend Lee Daniel and I wanted to show experimental films on the weekends at midnight if he'd let us..."
"...New Dobie Manager Holden Payne photograph by Todd V. Wolfson On May l5, Holden Payne became the Dobie Theatre's new general manager..."
"...Oh, Scott, say it ain't so. Scott Dinger, the owner, manager, booker, concessions worker, and all-around man behind the curtain at the Dobie Theatre, called this week with the sad news that he has sold the Dobie Theatre..."
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"...I produced Zebrahead, which played extremely well. River's Edge, Tex, I can go through a number of them, but it has to be treated commercially and it has to be in a theatre near you..."
"...Venue Guide Dobie Theatre (2025 Guadalupe, in Dobie Mall)..."
"...What changed things? Was it Richard Linklater making Slacker and then, after it was a hit, deciding to stay here and keep the Austin Film Society going? The aforementioned screenwriting community, Bill Wittliff, Bud Shrake, and Warren Skaaren? Robert Rodriguez making El Mariachi for $7,000 and selling it to a major studio? All of these factors were important. One of the most crucial has been the Dobie Theatre as programmed and run by Scott Dinger...."
"...New Kids on the Block (Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh) Dept.: I don't know if this qualifies as "funky" per se, but while you were passed out behind the couch with nothing but a cranberry sauce-eggnog-gravy stain smear between you and the frantic forepaws of Pippin, your nephew's pet hamster, a bunch (okay, a pair) of recent film-related arrivals blew into town under almost everyone's radar. First was the arrival of Keith Garcia in town, who is replacing Kristin Bomstad as the manager of Landmark's Dobie Theatre..."
"...Dobie Theatre MAD TV's Best of the Best Sketches..."
"...47, July 27, 1990. This helped the film kick off its almost three-month successful run at the Dobie Theatre..."
"...Of course, there's been all the public breast-beating over the issue of smutty, violent movies and their effects on the teen psyche. NATO, the theatre owners' association, announced that they were going to institute ID checks that would clamp down on teen admission to R-rated movies..."
"...Chief among those, according to Shannon Kelley, the programmer of Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, is "the sort of mainstreaming of gay culture and of gay films, which is a double-edged sword. It's of course nice to think that it represents a point of arrival that there are gay films in major theatre chains, and at the same time there's a theoretical question about how gay those films actually are." It is nice to see movies like last year's In & Out make money and be treated on a par with other seasonal fare, yet there's no denying Kelley's assertion that for gay and lesbian filmgoers there's something missing in the way that Hollywood films treat gay subject matter..."
"...No, we're not talking about hip-hop's Black Elvis -- we mean Keith Garcia, manager of Landmark's Dobie Theatre, who's concluding his year-and-a-half stint as Boss Movie Man as of next week and heading out to greener pastures back home in his native Denver, where he plans to renew his more-than-passing acquaintance with making films, as opposed to simply screening them. Since Dobie founder Scott Dinger's departure several years ago, it has sometimes seemed as though the little theatre with the big design-aesthetic has had a revolving door where the manager's office ought to be..."
"...Dobie Theatre, 2025 Guadalupe..."
"...File this one under the Things You Don't See Everyday Department: Austin's Theaterless Theatre Corps is presenting the "first ever authorized staging of a Werner Herzog film" with a version of Stroszek, the director's 1977 cult classic about a man named Bruno and his battle with the bottle. (Timing is everything and this staged version of old-school Herzog conveniently coincides -- more or less -- with the impending Austin release of My Best Friend, Herzog's new documentary on the late actor/bon vivant/madman Klaus Kinski, which will begin a five-day run at Landmark's Dobie Theatre on Sun., Mar 19.) Adding to the Herzogicity of the event, although they call themselves theaterless, they're actually performing at the Hyde Park Theater, Thursdays-Sundays at 8pm through March 18..."
"...How time flies when you're having fun. Speaking of filmic transitions, Holden Payne, manager at Landmark's Dobie Theatre, has sent word that after three calendar years, 80 weeks, and more than 50,000 paying customers (and you know how small those theatres are), S.E..."
"...One of the nation's most phenomenal indie film success stories of the past year has happened right here in Austin. The documentary, Hands on a Hard Body -- Bob Bindler's hilarious, insightful, and life-affirming slice of Texas life -- is closing in on its one-year anniversary of continuous play at the Dobie Theatre, where it premiered nationally last July following a presentation by the Texas Documentary Tour..."
"...• The owners of the Dobie Theatre are seeking a new operator to reopen the beloved four-screen arthouse theatre. “The Dobie Theater is a vital part of Austin’s cinema and cultural history,” said Dobie Center General Manager Matthew Bryant in a press release..."
"..."Theatre gets to create a topic of conversation for a very small audience for a very small window of time. I think we should each use that window to talk about what is dearest to us..."
"..."But It Doesn't Even Have Stadium Seating!-- Dept.: The closure of Regal Entertainment Group's flagship Arbor 7 Cinema in the Arboretum last month has resulted in more than Austin losing one of its favorite arthouse cinemas -- it's also created a mad scramble between opposing exhibitors and theatre chains angling for a slice of the arthouse market, which, not coincidentally, is the only slice worth biting these days. While the rest of the theatre industry continues to suffer from a moribund financial outlook and the occasional spate of Chapter 11s, the smart money's betting on upstart chains like Landmark (owners of the local Dobie Theatre), Dallas-based Magnolia Theatres, and "community entertainment venue" Madstone Theaters/Films/ Digital Distribution Network..."
"...30-Friday, Sept. 13 at the Dobie Theatre..."
"..."So I just called up Rick [Linklater], and asked him, `Hey, what if I were to come down with a bunch of stuff?' And he said, `Hey, we'll totally be on it. This will be so much fun.' He knew from running the Film Society, there's nothing like some kid going to see some movie that he never ever would have seen, and he's seeing it in a theatre because, basically, you're saying, `Hey, watch it.' So there's no big deal about [my doing this]. It's just the fact that I like Austin, so it's cool to hang out here..."
"...John Henry Faulk Living Theatre Spoo (Chicago, IL) Drunk Baby Collective (Minneapolis, MN)..."
"...Inside the theatre, the film's premiere went better than we could have hoped for. The press and distributors showed up, the theatre turned away people at the door, and the audience lauded the film with a generous round of applause..."
"...23 with Vincente Minnelli's The Band Wagon, with Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, and Nanette Fabray in a witty backstage tale that ranks as one of my absolute favorite musicals of all time. The series screens every Thursday at 7:30pm and repeats each Saturday at noon at the Dobie Theatre..."
"...The 1995 edition of the event kicks off September 1, two weeks earlier than usual to coincide with Last Splash weekend, the large gay gathering that commemorates the end of summer. A more elaborate series of parties has been planned, and the festival's home, the Dobie Theatre, has been newly renovated and expanded to four screens..."
"...That's why the national arthouse theatre chain is giving you stuff for free. (Okay, it might also have something to do with wanting your business.) All you have to do is mosey on over to their Web site (www.landmarktheatres.com) and sign up for their e-newsletter -- which sounds like a trap, I know, but really it just means they send you weekly updates on movies opening each week, plus showtimes at your nearby Landmark moviehouse (locally, that's the Dobie Theatre)..."
"...That would be the Austin world premiere of S.R. Bindler's documentary Hands on a Hard Body at the Dobie Theatre..."
"..."Maybe I should get out more," mused Dobie Theatre owner Scott Dinger. "I spend a lot of time at work, so I've tended to buy the standard wisdom about how, yeah, it's the Nineties, it's fine and groovy to be gay these days..., Ellen's a big hit on TV, attitudes are changing, blah blah blah..."
"...The benefit filled out the fund considerably, helping to make it possible for AFS to award grants for the first time this year. Well, the word is out that Tarantino has been invited back again by the AFS (along withThe Austin Chronicle and Dobie Theatre) and this time he's bringing his own personal movie collection with him..."
"...If you do not, rest assured this filmmaker will be unforgettable after seeing his latest work, I Am a Sex Addict. This fourth feature from the provocative indie filmmaker is his most confessional, most personal, and if you leave the theatre with that awkward too-much-information feeling after peering into his self-exposed psyche and finding some definite turnoffs, you will also remember Zahedi’s breathtaking high-wire act that combines fact and fiction, drama and self-deprecating humor, honesty and self-delusion, home movies and animation (by Waking Life’s Bob Sabiston), and messy self-exposure and tidy cover-ups..."
"...It Ain't a Landmark If It Doesn't Have a Patina Dept.: In the June 1 column we noted that Dobie Theatre's corporate owner Landmark Theatres was now under old management, so to speak. This morning we received a call from none other than Landmark founder and recently renamed president and CEO Paul Richardson, who has returned to ostensibly save the bankrupt arthouse chain from itself..."
"...Later Sunday evening, 7 & 9:30pm at the Dobie Theatre, the Austin Film Society (AFS) presents the Best of Austin FilmWorks, a screening of some of the best student shorts produced under the tutelage of local filmmaker Steve Mims. This always proves to be one of the most interesting screenings of the year and the $5 admission also directly benefits the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund......"
"...HONG KONG GRAFFITID: Lo Pan; with Cheng Ka Win, Tai Pic, Lo Pan. This 1995 Hong Kong film kicks off The New Far Eastern Film Series sponsored by the Cinema Differentia Company and the Dobie Theatre..."
"...The Chronicle theatre listings for Nov. 1, 1985, give no real indication of a seismic shift in the offing..."