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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.

Amazing Line-Up at THE NEON! THEORY OF EVERYTHING Opens Sooner Than Expected!

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Hello Everyone, I'm happy to report that BIRDMAN continues to bring in nice crowds, thus it will be sticking around. However, despite incredible reviews, WHIPLASH didn't perform quite as well as we had hoped. That said, we're holding it for another weekend. At this point, we're not sure if it will stick around beyond Tuesday...we need to wait for another weekend to see if we can hold it any longer. I'd suggest hurrying down if you still need to see this film. On Wednesday of next week (the day before Thanksgiving), we will open one of my absolute favorites from this year's Toronto … [Read more...]



WHIPLASH – Approved By Critics & Audiences Alike – Opens Friday at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, We had a really good weekend with BIRDMAN and ST. VINCENT - our best weekend in the past few months. Thanks to everyone who came out! If you still need to see ST. VINCENT, Thursday will be your last chance to see it at THE NEON. For remaining showtimes, please visit our website at www.neonmovies.com On Friday, we will open a film that has garnered great reviews from critics and audiences alike - WHIPLASH. You don't have to take my word for it. Take a look at all the great reviews on the film's Rottentomatoes page. Synopsis for WHIPLASH: "Andrew Neyman is an ambitious … [Read more...]



BIRDMAN (with Amazing Cast & Stellar Reviews) Opens Friday at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, Audiences are loving all three of our current attractions, but if you still need to see PRIDE or MY OLD LADY, you'll need to move quickly. PRIDE will screen for the last time tonight (Wednesday) and MY OLD LADY will screen for the last time on Thursday afternoon. ST. VINCENT is sticking around. If you need a refresher about any of our current films, please visit our website at www.neonmovies.com On Friday, we're excited to open BIRDMAN - a film by the brilliant Mexican director Alejandro G. Inarritu, director of AMORES PERROS, 21 GRAMS, BABEL and BIUTIFUL. This new film, … [Read more...]



ST. VINCENT (Starring Bill Murray) & PRIDE (With Amazing British Cast) Start Friday at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, If you've liked films like BILLY ELLIOT and THE FULL MONTY, I'm pretty certain you're going to absolutely love PRIDE. The standing ovation at the screening I attended in Toronto was invigorating, and the film is more than just warm and charming - it's inspiring. I hope you'll come and support it this weekend. In addition to PRIDE, we will open the new Bill Murray comedy - ST. VINCENT. This film was also a crowd-pleaser when I saw it in Toronto, and I think Dayton audiences will like it as well. If you still need to see THE SKELETON TWINS, LOVE IS STRANGE, MY OLD LADY or THE … [Read more...]



Gaggle of Stars in New Movies at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, We're holding both LOVE IS STRANGE and THE SKELETON TWINS for one more week, but we're going to add two new films into the mix. On Friday, we will open a film starring Dame Maggie Smith, always loved by our regulars, in MY OLD LADY - also starring Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas. In addition, we will open a stylish adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith thriller - THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY - starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, and Oscar Isaac. All of these films will end their runs on Thursday, Oct. 23...so hurry down if you want to see them. Visit www.neonmovies.com … [Read more...]



Critically Acclaimed LOVE IS STRANGE Opens at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, Taking a cue from national trends, we didn't have the highest hopes for ALIVE INSIDE...but it's a film we believed in and hoped would find an audience. Unfortunately, those trends proved to be right in line with the film's performance in Dayton. That said, people who saw it can easily understand why this inspiring film won the audience award at Sundance. Unfortunately, Thursday was the last chance to see it at THE NEON. On Friday, we open a wonderful new film with two of the best male performances of the year - LOVE IS STRANGE. We will also hold onto the much-loved, darkly … [Read more...]



SKELETON TWINS and ALIVE INSIDE Open at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, We're moving forward this weekend with 2 new films! THE SKELETON TWINS has been winning high praise for Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, and ALIVE INSIDE is a moving documentary that will uplift audiences and perhaps start a local movement. Synopsis for THE SKELETON TWINS: "When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they're at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship." (taken from … [Read more...]



TIFF 2014 – Day #9

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Friday, September 12, 2014 Hello. Thanks for coming back to check out my last day of screenings at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.  Even though I didn't see as many as I have during some years, I had a great time and managed to see 30 films, visit with lots of people in various aspects of the industry, and attend a couple fun parties. My first film today was Susanne Bier's A SECOND CHANCE.  I was first introduced to Bier's work at my first TIFF back in 2002.  That's where I saw OPEN HEARTS (her film from the Dogme Movement) and I fell in love…BROTHERS, AFTER THE … [Read more...]



TIFF 2014 – Day #8

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 Welcome back!  Thanks for checking out my Day #8 blog of my TIFF adventures. This morning was so different than the others.  I slept in!  Because I didn't need to be in line by 7:00, I woke up at 9:15 instead of 6am.  It was glorious! My first film of the day was LOVE IN THE TIME OF CIVIL WAR - a French-Canadian film about a 20-something guy with a crack problem.  An alternate title for this film could be DON'T DO CRACK.  I've never seen such a gruelingly monotonous film about drug use.  The lead character smokes to get high, has some sex (in what is … [Read more...]



TIFF 2014 – Day #7

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Wednesday, September 10.2014 Hi Again! I only saw three films today, but I also attended a pretty great, intimate party. First off, I saw OUT OF NATURE - a Norwegian film about a man who decides to spend the weekend hiking in the mountains…away from his job, his wife, his son.  In film school, you're taught to - "Show.  Don't Tell."  This simply means that an audience should be able to figure out what someone is thinking by their strong performance…not by what a narrator or bad dialog is telling us.  This film is a rule-breaker - but it's also the point.  As the protagonist is getting … [Read more...]