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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.

FilmDAYTON Festival & 2 Other Hits at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, This is the weekend for the 2014 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival. With more to offer than just movies (screenings happen at THE NEON), I suggest you take a look at the official site to see what strikes a chord with you. The festival will be screening films for the majority of the weekend in one of our auditoriums, but we will also manage to keep both BOYHOOD and MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT running on our other screen. (For this week's remaining showtimes, visit our website at www.neonmovies.com) Advance tickets for the FilmDayton screenings must be purchased on-line. … [Read more...]



Colin Firth & Emma Stone in Woody Allen’s MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, Woody Allen's last three films - MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, TO ROME WITH LOVE and BLUE JASMINE - have all been big hits at THE NEON. On Friday, we will open Allen's latest film - a 1920's romantic comedy starring Colin Frith and Emma Stone - MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT.  BOYHOOD - the best-reviewed film of the year - will stick around for another week. Synopsis for MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT: "Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth), a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a … [Read more...]



I ORIGINS Opens & BOYHOOD Continues at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, We had a very solid weekend with BOYHOOD. Many thanks to all of you who came out to support it. (We even had quite a few folks from Cincinnati - the film isn't playing that market yet!) We will hold BOYHOOD, but we need to let go of IDA. If you still need to see this marvelous film, Thursday will be your last chance. On Friday, we will open I ORIGINS - a new film from the director of ANOTHER EARTH. (For this week's remaining showtimes, visit our website at www.neonmovies.com) Synopsis for I ORIGINS: ONE WEEK ONLY! "I ORIGINS, the second feature film from writer and … [Read more...]



Best Reviewed Film of the Year – BOYHOOD – Opens at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, We're pretty excited here at THE NEON. On Friday, August 1, we're opening the best reviewed film of the year - BOYHOOD. We will also keep the amazing film IDA for select screenings. Synopsis for BOYHOOD: Given 100% Reviews by countless critics and currently at 99% FRESH on rotten tomatoes, BOYHOOD is the best reviewed film of the year! "Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen … [Read more...]



IDA & WORDS AND PICTURES Open Friday at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, If you still need to see LIFE ITSELF, THIRD PERSON or CHEF (which has been here 9 weeks!), you'll need to hurry. Thursday will be your last chance to catch any of these films at THE NEON. On Friday, we're clearing the decks for two new films - the critically acclaimed and powerful new film IDA and the romantic drama WORDS AND PICTURES. (For this week's remaining showtimes, visit our website at www.neonmovies.com) Synopsis for IDA: At last year's Toronto International Film Festival, I saw 30+ films. This film was at the top of my list (with films like 12 YEARS A SLAVE and … [Read more...]



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...]