Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas


Henry Selick’s 1993 film, produced and co-written by Tim Burton, may have been a box office dud upon its original release but even the briefest of visits into a Hot Topic store will show that the film has finally found its audience. And how! A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is more popular than ever – from theatrical rereleases, tribute albums and merchandising up the wahoo. You’ve seen the film countless times but you’ve never seen it like this before!

From the wonderful music by Danny Elfman to the great gothic design from Burton, A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a classic by all rights and we’re all too happy that the film has found a dedicated fanbase to celebrate the film.

A darkly comic musical, A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS tales the tale of Jack Skellington, a resident of Halloween Town who dreams of something different from the usual pumpkins and things that go bump in the night. After discovering Christmas Town, the focal point for all things wintery, Skellington decides he and his Halloween cohorts are going to take over Christmas. The result is one of the darkest (in a deliciously fun way) holiday movies ever released.

Magic Lantern Theater presents: Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

This documentary (92 minutes; PG-13) details the origins of the beloved Broadway musical Fiddler on The Roof and examines a time in 1960s New York when “tradition” was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations, and religion were evolving.

MSV members: $5; all others: $8; registration required by noon on October 4 (no walk-ins); seating is limited to allow for physical distancing. Doors open at 4 p.m. Register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Held in the Reception Hall.

Skyline Indie Film Fest

Skyline VIII – September 10-13, 2020
Now An Online Experience

The 8th Annual Skyline Indie Film Fest will be held as a virtual event. Join us for screenings, readings, Q&As, live streams and more.

Our event partners at Eventive have developed a rock solid streaming video element that is simple to administrate (lucky for me), easy for the end user to find, sort and order the films they want to enjoy and safe for filmmakers with benefits such as geo-fencing, ticket caps and DRM protections.
With the capability to run pre-roll, sponsor videos, build custom blocks of programming, host live intros and Q&As we still get to do it all this year at Skyline.
We can’t wait to share bold independent cinema with you again this September!
The updated pass types will be available soon. Official selections for this year will be announced on July 1, 2020.




Mount Skylight Movie Fundraiser

Come out to Escutcheon Brewing in Winchester on Friday, March 13th, to fundraise with us as part of our tour of the state of Virginia.

The movie, “Mount Skylight,” will be shot and produced entirely in Virginia. Award-winning producer Ryan Cudahy describes the feature film as a “character-driven thriller” that follows a group of recovering addicts who, after returning from a hike in the Shenandoah Valley, discover that everyone in their town has disappeared. They have to figure out what happened, as well as how to survive.

You can read more about the movie here: https://www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_star/filmmakers-plan-to-shoot-independent-thriller-in-winchester-area/article_61ef83ec-9847-5ec6-b637-513037129b4c.html

Black History Month Films: Denzel Washington

In February, we celebrate Black History Month at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, VA by handing over programming to our NAACP of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties.

For the past five years they have partnered with us to highlight outstanding African American cinema as well as raise money for local youth scholarships.

This year, they have dedicated the month to “my man” Denzel Washington. Screenings all month long highlight the career of Denzel Washington.

Movies will be shown on February 2, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 25, 26.

See movies and showtimes

Preview Screening: Patsy Cline & Country Music, A Film by Ken Burns

Celebrate Patsy Cline with a Sneak Preview of COUNTRY MUSIC by Ken Burns!

Join the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, WETA TV 26 and Celebrating Patsy Cline for a preview and discussion of the eight-part series COUNTRY MUSIC, a film by Ken Burns/Florentine Films, on Monday, September 2 at 5:30pm. This special screening for Patsy Cline’s hometown will explore the exciting history of country music with an emphasis on the country music icon Patsy Cline.

Special guests include Julie Fudge, Patsy Cline’s daughter, and Florentine Films producer Susan Shumaker, with musical performances by Maria Price & Another Fine Mess.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit both Celebrating Patsy Cline and WETA TV 26.

About the Series:
COUNTRY MUSIC is an eight-part, 16-hour documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns, written and produced by Dayton Duncan, and produced by Julie Dunfey, that explores the history of a uniquely American art form. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, hymns, minstrel music, and the blues performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music.

COUNTRY MUSIC explores questions such as “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?“ while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created and shaped it. From the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more, we’ll explore stories as well as the times in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people.

Tune in to COUNTRY MUSIC starting Sunday, September 15 at 8 p.m. on WETA TV 26/HD or stream for free on the PBS app.

Magic Lantern Theater presents “Filmworker”

Magic Lantern Theater will present this documentary (93 minutes; NR) which tells the remarkable story of Leon Vitali, a successful British actor, who gave up fame and fortune to serve for decades as director Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man.

MSV Members: $5; all others: $8. Registration not required. Tickets sold at the door. Space is limited: first-come is first-served. Film begins at 4:30 p.m. Snacks provided.