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  1. To Kill A Mockingbird is the next Big Screen Event, at 1 pm on the 24th. Not sure if all future movies will be at the 1 pm time or if that's due to film length. Standard time/place - Emagine Willow Creek 169 & Shelard Parkway. We'll meet around noon and will talk movies, the upcoming TCM film festival (there are a few of us who are going!) and possible plans for a summer drive-in. Join us if you can! Ellen
  2. Hello all you Wizard of Oz fans! We're a week away from seeing it in the theater! The Twin Cities backlot chapter is gathering for the 1/27 show around 1:00 (show is at 2:00) at Emagine Willow Creek off 169 and Betty Crocker Blvd. We'll be in the lobby behind the ticket counter - look for TCM on display. We'll talk summer plans and debate what's scarier - the witch or the flying monkeys (are you kidding? flying monkeys hands down!!) Hope to see you then. Ellen
  3. This Sunday (12/9) is White Christmas at Emagine Willow Creek! The movie is at 2:00, we'll meet around 1:00 in the lobby behind the ticket counter. The slate of 2019 Big Screen Classics has been announced! Here's the rundown of chapter screenings: 1/27 The Wizard of Oz 2/17 My Fair Lady 3/24 To Kill A Mockingbird 4/14 Ben-Hur 5/5 True Grit 5/19 Steel Magnolias 6/16 Field of Dreams 7/21 Glory 8/11 Hello, Dolly! 9/1 Lawrence of Arabia 9/22 Shawshank Redemption 10/13 Alien 12/1 When Harry Met Sally The Heights is showing Meet John Doe in theater on Sunday 12/16 at 7:30 and Holiday in on New Years Day at 1:00 (sold out!) and 4:00. Anyone interested in seeing either in theater? Fortunately both movies are on TCM this month a couple of times, but it's always fun to see them in theater. Hope to see you Sunday! Ellen
  4. Our next movie is this Sunday 11/11. We'll be seeing Die Hard at the Southdale AMC16 at Southdale Center (not our usual theater). We'll meet at the Caribou Coffee at Southdale near the Apple store at 1:00. Next month for White Christmas on 12/9 we'll be back to our typical theater - Emagine Willow Creek. Hope you can join us!
  5. I'm a big fraidycat and not into horror, but both the Trylon and the Heights have scary movies in theater for October. The Heights is showing Rosemary's Baby tomorrow night (10/22) in case you're interested. I'd love to see it, but I'm waayyy to scared to see it after dark! In November the Trylon's featuring Robert Bresson - showingg Au Hasard Balthazar 11/4-6 and A Man Escaped 11/11-13. Au Hasard Balthazar was one of Roger Ebert's Movie Greats, here's a link TCM showed A Man Escaped a few years ago - I saw it then and highly recommend it. The next TCM Big Screen event is Die Hard on 11/11. We can debate its status as a Christmas movie!
  6. Next up is Mr Smith Goes to Washington on 10/14. I'm out of town so will miss the show. Standard time and place is Emagine Willow Creek Theater - just west of 169 at Shelard Parkway. Movie at 2:00, conversation prior to the movie. Sorry to miss this movie! (If you're a chapter member you should have gotten emails from me this week ( If you haven't check your spam filter.)
  7. It's another two TCM Big Screen Event month! Reminder that the TCMisfitsBacklot chapter meets this weekend for Rebel Without a Cause on 9/23. Same place (Emagine Willow Creek Theater - just west of 169 at Shelard Parkway), same time ~ 1:00 for chatting (and popcorn?) in the lobby behind the ticket counter, with movie at 2:00. Post here or contact me at if you have questions. Hope to see you Sunday!
  8. Any a huge Music Man fans ready for a road trip? The Des Moines chapter (Cinematheque) is touring The Music Man Square in Mason City IA on September 8. Is anyone interested in going? If so, you can let me know Update: Music Man Square was a fun day trip. Mason City built a wonderful tribute to a favorite son. The house is beautifully restored to early 1900s glory. Louie of the Des Moines chapter posted great pictures on the Cinemathequedesmoines facebook page. Look for Music Man Square in the photos tab.
  9. It'll be hot this weekend so skip the fair! Sunday (8/26) is our next Big Screen Event - South Pacific. Our chapter show time and place, as always, is 2:00 at Willow Creek Theater (just west of 169 at Shelard Parkway/Betty Crocker Blvd). We'll start gathering ~1:00 in the lobby for conversation before the movie. Join us if you're a backlot chapter member - even if you're not, you can stop by and check us out! ?
  10. Is anyone interested in a Busby Berkeley musical this week? A few of us from the Backlot will be at the Heights theater on Thursday 8/16 for the Gold Diggers of 1935. The Heights is at 3951 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights. Movie starts at 7:30, but we'll get together around 7:00, maybe earlier? This is a 35mm print of the movie, so if you have a discerning eye, it should be a treat! I'll be wearing a TCM shirt of some sort. Look for me if you want to talk movies! Ellen update: I forgot to send a reminder of this. It was a pretty full theater, and the organ started at 7:00. Sorry if I missed connecting with anyone!
  11. The Twin Cities backlot chapter (TCMisfits) goes to the Emagine Willow Creek theater for the 2:00 Sunday show of the Big Screen Classic. It's just west of 169 at Shelard Parkway/Betty Crocker Drive. We usually meet 45 min - an hour before the movie. They have a nice seating area (and maybe a full bar?) there.
  12. Rats, I didn't see this post in time. I bet Lawrence of Arabia was great on the big screen! I hadn't heard of the Alamo Drafthouse until I read this, but took a quick look at the site. It was a little clunky to navigate to see their special screenings (and some aren't showing in Woodbury). Are there classic movies coming there you're excited to see? A couple of us from the backlot chapter are talking about going to the Heights on 8/16 to see the Gold Diggers of 1935. Join us if you'd like! **Early reminder that 8/26 is the TCM big screen show of South Pacific**
  13. A couple of us are going to the Trylon tonight to see Beggars of Life. Join us if you like! 7:00 tonight, it's showing tomorrow and Sunday too. We'll review it on request! . I'm really looking forward to it. Also, the Backlot contest 50 fans in 50 states is open through 7/31. (I hope this link works!) It's a simple form to fill out on the backlot site. If the link doesn't work, you may have to search for it. I can't wait to see the Minnesota winner!
  14. We are up to 19 members! We all have a chance to beat the heat this Sunday (7/15) with the TCM showing of Big. Show time, as always, is 2:00 at Willow Creek Theater (just west of 169 at Shelard Parkway/Betty Crocker Blvd). We'll start gathering ~1:00 in the lobby for conversation before the movie. Maybe we should brainstorm about the Backlot 50 Fans in 50 States contest! If you're a chapter member or thinking about it, come and join our conversation!
  15. It's one of my favorites! I was already planning on going to the 3:00 movie tomorrow (it's also showing 9:30 tonight [Saturday] and Sunday 5:15. Hope to see Clark and others there!
  16. Hello, hello! It's almost time for the bonus June TCM Big Screen Event! Our chapter will meet for West Side Story at Emagine Willow Creek Theater (160 & Betty Crocker Blvd) this Sunday 6/24. As usual we'll meet ~ 1:00, movie at 2:00. Hope you can make it! Chapter wannabes welcome I'm also excited for Only Angels Have Wings at the Trylon next weekend (6/29 - 7/1). The Trylon shows great classic movies in a small theater, a great way to see them. If you're interested in seeing it, let me know and maybe we can coordinate. The Heights also has some great RKO titles coming up
  17. It's a great weekend for movies! There's Laurel & Hardy festival at the Heights on Sunday (looks like it's sold out), Ingmar Bergman at St. Anthony Main, Gilda and Battle of Algiers at the Trylon. PLUS our chapter will meet for The Producers at Emagine Willow Creek Theater (169 & Betty Crocker Blvd) on Sunday 6/3. We'll meet ~ 1:00 prior to the 2:00 showing. Join us if you can! Mad About Musicals? Have you enrolled in the June course? It starts June 3. There's a second TCM Big Screen Event in June, West Side Story on 6/24. June will be a fun month!
  18. The 2018 film festival vidoes are on the backlot here
  19. Did anyone meet up at Trylon? If so let us know! I just got back from the TCM Film Festival. Lotsa movies and panel discussions! It was such a good time. 13 movies in 3 days. To get a taste, you can watch a bunch of the panel discussions from previous years on the backlot website under the TCM Festival and Cruise drop down. I don't know when this year's discussions will be there, but I hope to catch a lot of what I missed online! One very generous fan from Portland(?) printed out public domain movie posters as postcards to share with other fans at the festival. He was kind enough to give me a stack of them to share with our chapter. I'll bring them on the 13th for Sunset Blvd!!! We have another 5 members who want to join our chapter. Yay! Can't wait to get together!
  20. If you're in the Twin Cities area and are interested in our backlot chapter, we're going to the 2:00 showing of Grease at Emagine Willow Creek tomorrow (Sun 4/8). You should be able to enter the lobby/concession area without a ticket if you want to stop by and check us out! Look for my backlot shirt, I'll be there around 1:00. We're all just getting acquainted so feel free to join in. Questions? Reply here or to
  21. Our chapter is now listed on the backlot site!! New members can sign up through the backlot site by clicking on the hyperlink there or by emailing our address The chapter will be going to the TCM Big Screen Classic showing of Grease on 4/8 at 2:00 at Emagine Willow Creek (off highway 169 just south of highway 55). If you have questions, post here or email (We haven't all gotten together yet, so don't fear being the newbie to the group. We're all newbies!)
  22. On the site it says Fri & Sat at 7:00, Sunday at 5:30.
  23. Yay! I just submitted the form for Twin Cities Misfits chapter! The auto response sent said they'd get back with more info soon. That line up at the Trylon sounds awesome. I doubt I'll be able to make it on 4/2, but I'd love to see The Barefoot Contessa on the big screen. I've meant to watch it for a long time. I watched the Killers as part of Summer of Noir and it was great. So many movies, so little time ;-)
  24. Twin Cities Misfits it is! Clark, if you want to email me your email address (see my post from yesterday), I can submit our group. My understanding of the form is that I need to submit information for 5 people to establish the group, rather than have each of us send it individually.

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