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Vampires Pervasive

When Dracula Untold debuts tonight at the Webster Theater, it joins a long line of vampire depictions in popular culture. The New Statesman carried a piece about the historical inaccuracies in Dracula Untold. Click Here to read it. How can a fictional character be accused of historical in accuracies? Well, legend has it that Dracula was based on a Romainian nobleman, dubbed Vlad the Impaler, after his death (about 1431-1476).

The charismatic and sophisticated vampire of modern fiction was born in 1819 with the publication of The Vampyre by John Polidori; the story was highly successful and arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century. However, it is Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula which is remembered as the quintessential vampire novel and provided the basis of the modern vampire legend. The success of this book spawned a distinctive vampire genre, still popular in the 21st century, with books, films, and television shows. The vampire has since become a dominant figure in the horror genre.

Considered one of the preeminent figures of the classic horror film, the vampire has proven to be a rich subject for the film and gaming industries. Dracula is a major character in more films than any other but Sherlock Holmes, and many early films were either based on the novel of Dracula or closely derived from it. These included the landmark 1922 German silent film Nosferatu, directed by F. W. Murnau and featuring the first film portrayal of Dracula—although names and characters were intended to mimic Dracula’s, Murnau could not obtain permission to do so from Stoker’s widow, and had to alter many aspects of the film.

 

In addition to Nosferatu, was Universal’s Dracula (1931), starring Béla Lugosi as the Count in what was the first talking film to portray Dracula. The decade saw several more vampire films, most notably Dracula’s Daughter in 1936.

In quite another type of depiction, Count von Count, a harmless and friendly vampire parodying Bela Lugosi’s depictions, is a major character on the children’s television series Sesame Street. He teaches counting and simple arithmetic through his compulsion to count everything, a trait he shares with certain other vampires of folklore.

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What Do Ratings Mean?

We had a couple of parent / child groups leave The Maze Runner because the content was too intense for the child. The movie was rated PG-13, but there are various reasons why a movie might get that rating. There is a “box” next to a movie’s rating notice that explains “why” it received the rating. In one case, it may be for adult situations, in another (like Maze Runner) it could be violence, even if it is fantasy or science fiction violence.

If you are sending your unaccompanied children to the Webster Theater, we will admit them to G and PG movies. However, if the movie is rated PG-13, you either need to come to the ticket booth with them to give your permission, or send a note along giving your permission.

If a movie is rated R, such as the World War II movie, Fury, coming November 14th, you must attend the movie with your child, if your child is 16 or younger. Please do not send young children with an older sibling to R rated movies. A parent or guardian must accompany the child.

Here’s a pretty good video that explains the different ratings:

I hope this will help you decide which movies are right for members of your family.

See you at the cinema!

Keri

Love Your Local

Local radio likes local theaters. We were recently featured on KHOI radio 89.1 as they took a look at community-based movie theaters around central Iowa. CLICK HERE to visit the KHOI website where you can “click to listen” to the show.  

I Wish I Were a Fish

What is it about dolphins that touches our hearts so? Are you old enough to remember The Incredible Mr. Limpet, starring Don Knotts? I remember it fondly. What dolphin memories do you have? Share them with your kids, then bring your family to watch Dolphin Tale 2, and let them make dolphin memories of theirContinue Reading

Learning to be Your Best

When The Game Stands Tall There’s a powerful portrait of character and faith starting tonight (9/26) at the Webster Theater. When the Game Stands Tall explores the nature of love and commitment in the face of adversity. And not just the adversity of opposing teams with players twice your size, but the adversity of lovedContinue Reading

Details, Details

We’re working late in the theater tonight. Jake Pulis and Jeff Pingle are installing panes in the lobby’s “cloud” lights. Ted Larsen and the Lynx Wrestling Team have scubbed years of grime off of every seat in the auditorium. Kay Ross and Debra Brown helped too, with Kay supplying pizza just when the wrestlers neededContinue Reading

Countdown…

We are in the final stage of countdown to opening. The marquee restoration is almost complete, and we will turn the lights on for the entire community to see on Monday, September 8, 2014 as the finale to our Iowa / Iowa State game rally with RVTV from WHO Channel 13 in Des Moines. InsideContinue Reading

Hero Donors Leads the Way

All capital campaigns start with leaders in giving as an important part of the overall campaign. These gifts provide the initial momentum needed to get the campaign off the ground and running.   The local Help Entertain and Restore Organization (HERO) Campaign is no different.    As of the end of June over $168,000 has beenContinue Reading

Indiegogo Campaign

Indiegogo is the world’s largest global funding platform.  The site is “all about allowing anybody to raise money for any idea.”   With indiegogo there are of “perks” for different levels of investment.  The campaign is promoted through a social media-based publicity effort and because of the nature of the campaign, it allows anyone, anywhere to make a contribution.Continue Reading

Celebrating with Posters and Raffle

Wednesday Evening- February 19, 2014 from 4 to 7 pm we are celebrating the theater’s 75th anniversary with a poster and raffle fundraiser. Hundreds of posters are available for $1, $5 or $20.             We are also giving away one of each of our indiegogo perks: Movie Pass, SuperHero T-shirt, Bottom-lessContinue Reading