Angelika Theater launches “Bring a Friend” program

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There’s a question you’ve probably been asked dozens of times since the pandemic began: “So, what have you been binge-watching lately?” Netflix! Amazon Prime! HBOMax! Disney+! All have become indispensable. Hulu? Maybe, if you really like The Handmaid’s Tale. How about Paramount+? OK, as long as you need to look old star trek episodes. Is your Apple TV+ free trial already over or do you have to shell out an extra $5.99 before the next season of Ted Lasso?

With a new streaming service seemingly announced every week, it’s no secret that the theatrical movie industry has been in steep decline for some time. It’s easy to blame everything on COVID-19, but streaming services have dominated the entertainment landscape for several years. One of the reasons why Spider-Man: No Coming Home become such a phenomenon was its novelty factor. you had to see Spider Man opening weekend to avoid spoilers. It was an event. You couldn’t just wait for it to inevitably appear on any of the streaming services you subscribe to.

Even if you’re not going to spend your hard-earned money at your local Cinemark or AMC theater, it’s worth paying a little extra to support independent channels. These small companies allow independent, international and documentary films to find success in an era dominated by sequels and remakes. Tired of stuff like Morbius? The Angelika Theater in Dallas is the place to go.

L’Angelika is launching a new initiative encouraging moviegoers to see new releases where they’re meant to be seen: on the big screen. The Angelika membership program, called “Bring A Friend Back To The Movies”, will launch on April 29 and will allow anyone who buys a ticket to see the new film. The Duke during its first week of release to add a bonus free ticket. Bring your friend! Or your mom! It doesn’t matter anyway.

Although the “Bring a Friend to the Movies” system only lasts for one week, the Global Membership offers many other rewards. Similar to loyalty programs like those from AMC and Cinemark, it allows users to earn points on movie tickets, food and drink. The Angelika even expands that to include entry to free surprise screenings each month, free popcorn for you and a guest on your birthday, and a free subscription to the Angelika Anywhere streaming service. With half-price tickets every Tuesday and discounts for online orders, it’s a bargain.

“Going to the movies is as safe or safer than going to a crowded bar or restaurant,” Sony Pictures Classics co-chairman Tom Bernard said in a press release. “We know that people are finally ready to return to their seats and the speech of Roger Michell The Dukestarring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, is the perfect film to remind viewers and their friends of their penchant for the cinema viewing experience.

You may not have heard of The Duke, and this is not surprising. The film originally debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2020. Although Sony Pictures Classics was quick to pick up the distribution rights, the film was put on hold indefinitely as a result of the pandemic. It sadly fell out of public consciousness, despite rave reviews upon its initial release. The Duke is always certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at 95%. Angelika President and CEO Ellen Cotter called the film a “heartwarming and hilarious gem”.

The film tells the amazing true story of old cat burglar Kempton Bunton, played by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (or Professor Slughorn in the Harry Potter movies if you are a child). At nearly 60, Bunton stole Francisco Goya’s masterpiece “Portrait of the Duke of Wellington” from the National Gallery in London in 1961. Bunton considered himself a Robin Hood figure and planned to transport the painting to the United States so that it could be seen by the general public.

Even if you’re not going to spend your hard-earned money at your local Cinemark or AMC theater, it’s worth paying a little extra to support independent channels.

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Considering he was in his senior years, Bunton’s crime was more than a little unusual. The film plays the comedy angle and focuses on Bunton’s original relationship with Helen Mirren as Bunton’s wife, Dorothy. Has Helen Mirren ever been bad in a movie? It’s the enjoyable part of crowd-pleasing dishes that you know your parents will love.

Unfortunately, the release of The Duke is also a bittersweet moment. The film’s director, Roger Michell, died last September. A veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Michell’s list of classics includes Notting Hill, To change of way, Persuasion, The mother and even David Bowie’s music video for “The Buddha of Suburbia.” Michell was actively working until his death. He has two movies slated for release this year; the documentary Elizabeth: A Portrait in Paris is slated for release on June 3, just in time for the monarch’s platinum jubilee celebration.

The DukeThe release of may also bring back a segment of the moviegoer audience that was hesitant to return to theaters: older audiences. A recent study indicated that older viewers were even more likely to stay home for safety reasons. The DukeThe focus on an eccentric older protagonist is sure to appeal to an older market.

It’s also just a fun movie. Between Broadbent’s amusing comedic asides and the positive message of inclusivity in the art world, The Duke is a much better choice than some of your other options right now. Admit it, you really don’t need to see sonic the hedgehog 2. Above all, we really, really don’t want to see the Angelika close like so many other local theaters.

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