Violet Crown Cinema has announced its #TexasStrong film series, a showcase of beloved Texas films set in or around Houston, TX. Violet Crown will provide 100% of its box office revenue from this film series to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s newly established Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
“Like all Texans, we consider Houston a part of our local community,” said Violet Crown Marketing Director David Gil. “Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by Harvey and we certainly want to do all that we can to aid in the relief efforts.”
The series, which begins Monday, September 11 and continues through Sunday, September 17, will present seven films beginning with the classic neo-noir film and Coen brothers’ directorial debut BLOOD SIMPLE and concluding with Richard Linklater’s Academy Award-winning BOYHOOD.
Other titles included in the series are URBAN COWBOY, which saw John Travolta go from polyester and discos to pearl snaps and honky tonks. Following URBAN COWBOY will be TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winning 5 in 1984. Next up is Ron Howard’s APOLLO 13, a film whose powerful story was enhanced by Howard’s incredible attention to detail. Lastly, the series will present a screening of the Generation X cult classic REALITY BITES starring Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn and Ben Stiller who also directed the film.
Each film will screen at least twice and will include a matinee and evening showing.
Those looking to make a donation outside of purchasing a film ticket may do so by visiting the concierge, concessions stand or bar inside Violet Crown Cinema where each station will be set up to receive and record cash or credit card donations to the relief fund.
Tickets for the films will be available beginning Monday, September 4 by visiting the cinema or online atwww.VioletCrown.com.
Ticket holders may receive up to 4 hours validated parking in the attached AMLI garage. The entrance is located on San Antonio St. between 2nd & 3rd St.
Film schedule and synopses are listed below:
Monday; 9/11 – Blood Simple (noon) | Boyhood (7pm)
Tuesday; 9/12 – Apollo 13 (noon) | Terms of Endearment (7pm)
Wednesday; 9/13 – Terms of Endearment (noon) | Apollo 13 (7pm)
Thursday; 9/14 – Urban Cowboy (noon) | Reality Bites (7pm)
Friday; 9/15 – Reality Bites (noon) | Urban Cowboy (7pm) | Blood Simple (10pm)
Saturday; 9/16- Boyhood (noon) | Blood Simple (7pm) | Reality Bites (10pm)
Sunday; 9/17 – Terms of Endearment (noon) | Apollo 13 (3pm) | Boyhood (7pm)
BLOOD SIMPLE (1984) – A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. Written and Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.
BOYHOOD (2014) – The joys and pitfalls of growing up are seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, his parents and his sister. Director Richard Linklater filmed vignettes with the same cast over the course of 12 years for this Oscar nominated film.
APOLLO 13 (1995) – NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983) – An account of the complex and difficult relationship between a mother and daughter as they face life’s challenges over three decades. Starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger and Jack Nicholson.
URBAN COWBOY (1980) – Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in the legendary Gilley’s Club. Starring John Travolta and based on the Esquire article written by Aaron Latham.
REALITY BITES (1994) – A documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, looking for work and love in Houston.