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About Jonathan McNeal

Jonathan McNeal, a graduate of Wright State's Motion Picture Production program, has been managing THE NEON in downtown Dayton since the Fall of 2001. Having grown up in a small town in northeast Ohio, the idea of an independent movie theater that showed hard-to-find films seemed like something that could only be found in a major metropolis. Upon moving to Dayton in the early 1990's, finding THE NEON was a was like finding a new home.
McNeal's film work includes the documentary of Dayton's beloved drag troupe - THE RUBI GIRLS. The doc premiered in San Francisco in 2003 and played across the country and as far away as Australia. The film continues to be played at night clubs and on college campuses as an educational and outreach tool.
McNeal himself has been a part of the performance troupe since 1997.

Star-Studded THIRD PERSON Opens Friday at THE NEON

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Hello Everyone, We had a lot of fun this weekend with A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. Audiences applauded after each screening, and some folks even admitted to having cried tears of joy during their revisit with The Beatles. If you'd still like to see it, Thursday will be your last chance at THE NEON. Thursday will also be the last day for the ground-breaking film OBVIOUS CHILD. On Friday, we will open the new film from Paul Haggis - THIRD PERSON. SNOWPIERCER (which had a terrific opening weekend) and CHEF will stick around for another week. (For this week's remaining showtimes, visit our website at … [Read more...]



The Beatles & SNOWPIERCER This Weekend at THE NEON

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Hello Everyone, You only have until Thursday (July 3) to see JODOROWSKY'S DUNE...Thursday will be its last day at THE NEON. On Friday, we will open 2 films. One is the remastered and restored Beatles' classic - A HARD DAY'S NIGHT - celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The other is a genre that doesn't get much play around THE NEON...it's a sci-fi action film by beloved and master filmmaker Bong Joon-ho. It's called SNOWPIERCER, and the cast is amazing - Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Chris Evans and more! OBVIOUS CHILD and CHEF will continue their runs for … [Read more...]



OBVIOUS CHILD & JODOROWSKY’S DUNE at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, If you still need to see BELLE, FED UP or SUPERMENSCH, you only have until Thursday to catch them at THE NEON. In addition to holding CHEF, we will open 2 new films. One is a brand new, critically acclaimed, cutting edge comedy with a lot of heart - OBVIOUS CHILD. The other is a documentary that several of you have been asking about - JODOROWSKY'S DUNE - currently at 99% FRESH on rottentomatoes.com. (For this week's remaining showtimes, visit our website at www.neonmovies.com) Synopsis for OBVIOUS CHILD: "For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female … [Read more...]



FED UP and SUPERMENSCH Open Friday at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, Once again, we're holding onto BELLE and CHEF this week, but we're also going to start two new documentaries. FED UP is one that several of you have been asking about...and it's currently only slated to play for one week (one screening per day). Hurry down if you need to see it! In addition, we will play a documentary that many of you have seen advertised before our current two hits - SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON, directed by Mike Myers (you may have seen Shep Gordon on CBS Sunday Morning a couple weeks ago or even on David Letterman last night). Synopsis for … [Read more...]



ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE and FOR NO GOOD REASON To Augment Successful BELLE and CHEF at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, Even though we're managing to hold BELLE and CHEF for another week, we're adding 2 new films to the mix. The documentary about Ralph Steadman - FOR NO GOOD REASON - will have just three screenings over the weekend, and Jim Jarmusch's new vampire film (with the always-thrilling Tilda Swinton) - ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE - will start limited screenings on Friday. Synopsis for ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE: "Jim Jarmusch's ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE tells the tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both … [Read more...]



THE NEON Has 2 Big Hits with CHEF & BELLE!

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Hello Everyone, We had an absolutely terrific holiday weekend. Audiences are loving CHEF and BELLE, and we're going to hold them both. Many thanks to all of you who came out to support these films. I know that many of you are anxious to see some of our upcoming selections - like FED UP and ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE and JODOROWSKY'S DUNE...please rest assured that these films will eventually make their way to THE NEON. Our opening dates can move for a variety of reasons, and we appreciate your patience as some of the films get shifted. Stay tuned to this newsletter or our website for the … [Read more...]



GOD’S POCKET – One of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last Films – Opens Friday!

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Hello Everyone, It's now time to bid adieu to our 3rd highest grossing film ever - THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. Many thanks to all of you who helped make this film such a success. Thursday will be its last day at THE NEON. In addition, Thursday will be the last day for UNDER THE SKIN. Hurry down if you still need to see these films. (Showtimes for this week can still be found on our website at www.neonmovies.com ) Last weekend didn't go as well as we had hoped for THE RAILWAY MAN. Though mediocre reviews may have kept some folks away, many of our regulars agreed that the film is actually … [Read more...]



THE LUNCHBOX and GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL at THE NEON

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Hello Everyone, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is starting to fade..but it's still performing well enough to stick around for another week. That said, this could be its last. Hurry down if you still need to see it (or see it again). On Friday, we will open the charming, feature debut film from director Ritesh Batra - THE LUNCHBOX. T.T. Stern-Enzi of DAYTON CITY PAPER just gave the film an "A" review. He wrote, "A soulful performance by Irrfan Khan serves as the key ingredient in this marvelous dish." Synopsis for THE LUNCHBOX: Currently rated 96% FRESH on Rottentomatoes.com "Middle class … [Read more...]



BUDAPEST HOTEL, TIM’S VERMEER and Other NEON News

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Hello Everyone, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL continues to hit milestones. In less than 3 weeks, the film is already at #4 on our "Highest Grossing Films" list. (The Top 3 are SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, SIDEWAYS and MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING - each of these films played at least 12 weeks). This is really spectacular, and we truly appreciate your support and positive word-of-mouth. This week, we are going to hold both current attractions. Though TIM'S VERMEER didn't have record attendance, it did well enough to stick around. With all the kudos from audience members, we think it's worth holding for a … [Read more...]



TIM’S VERMEER Opens and GRAND BUDAPEST Holds at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, In just under 11 days, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL became our #7 highest grossing film at THE NEON. All films above it played for a minimum of 6 weeks to reach those kind of numbers. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support - it has been a wonderful ride so far. It goes without saying that we will continue our run of BUDAPEST HOTEL. That said, it will now play on just one screen. Starting Friday, we will open a documentary that many of you have been eager to see - TIM'S VERMEER. Synopsis for TIM'S VERMEER: "Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, (Video Toaster, … [Read more...]