There’s more than one way to satisfy a homesick Baltimorean, at least if that person happens to live in New York City.
This year, the Maryland Film Festival is the biggest it’s ever been: more nights, more movies, more advance tickets sold. From May 8 – 12, Baltimore will play host to around 50 of the most exciting domestic and international feature films and around 80 shorts, shown in screening packages according to genre.
The festival’s programming director, Eric Hatch, used his Facebook page to publish an FAQ for the event, giving tips on ticketing policy and alerting cinephiles to the Maryland-centric films playing this year — which include the Baltimore-based documentaries 12 O’Clock Boys and If We Shout Loud Enough.
I realize that beginning any phrase with, “I remember when X cost Y…” immediately renders one old and crotchety. I’m going to go ahead and embrace that I may be old and crotchety then, because something that shocks me time and time again are the absurdly high prices of movie theater tickets. It should not cost me upwards of $12 to see a movie that only receives a smushed pile of green on Rotten Tomatoes. I didn’t ask for stadium seating, so please don’t make pay more for it.
The Charles Theater has always held a special place in my heart. Their Revival Series, like that time they showed some Hitchcock, alone makes me want to adorn them with accolades. Tonight, however, they’re doing something a little different. In conjunction with City Paper, all movies at the Charles are free after 6:00p. City Paper is footing the bill for the first 800 people who show up at the theater after 6:00p, to see whichever movie they choose that is being screened that evening. Not a bad way to spend a chilly Tuesday in January.
Bengies Drive-In was awarded $838,000 in a lawsuit contending that light from the Royal Farms across Eastern Boulevard was detrimental to his business. This means — unless the verdict is overturned on appeal — that Bengies owner D. Edward Vogel will get to build the massive, 800-foot wall he says he needs to protect the drive-in from the light.
Bengies Drive-In on Eastern Boulevard boasts the largest theatre screen in the country (and one of the most typographically pleasing marquees — multiple sizes and colors, wow! ), and it can probably now claim one of the boldest lawsuits for a drive-in to initiate against a nearby light polluter. Bengies is suing the near-by Royal Farms, demanding $750,000 for an 800-foot wall to block light from the convenience store, as well as $306,000 in lost revenue due to the infeasibility of building a second screen, as was once planned.