BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
It’s better than popcorn.
The Chain Theatre in Long Island City and Queens Brewery are joining forces to bring the Borough several nights of beer and scary movies.
Cinema Under the Influence will present its inaugural event on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Chain, screening a double feature of David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” and John Carpenter’s classic “Halloween.”
An hour-long reception will precede the movies. Queens Brewery will provide its Queens Lager and another special offering, according to Jon Hogan, who curates Cinema Under the Influence with partners Edwin Adrian Nieves, Benham Jones and Brian Essman.
“For maybe a year or so now, I’ve been seeing programs like this popping up – programs that offer curated classic films along with full beverage service,” Hogan said. “It was time to bring this program to the Borough.”
He added that he sees the Museum of the Moving Image, Kaufman Astoria Studios and Silvercup Studios as evidence of Queens’ interest in film.
For Cinema Under the Influence, part of the goal of the series is to both entertain and educate audience members.
“What we really aspire to is … to emphasize the cinema as an art through literature that investigates the presented films,” Nieves said.
Nieves is a film blogger and contributed a critical film essay to a small collection that will be printed in the night’s program. The collection offers work written specifically for Cinema Under the Influence and also includes writing from Dr. Kendall Phillips of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.
“It’s something that we’re all passionate about and can create the best presentation for the Queens community,” Hogan added. “We hope they’ll take away being exposed to these interesting films, thinking about the films in a different way, seeing them in interaction with each other.”
Upcoming Cinema Under the Influence events will be revealed at the Oct. 11 double feature. Interested moviegoers can purchase tickets at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9950719.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, email@example.com or @JNStrawbridge.