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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.

GREY GARDENS and New Juliette Binoche Film at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, Over the past 14 years that I've been at THE NEON, THE D TRAIN ranks as one of the biggest box office disappointments we've ever had. We had to lose it quickly. Today, we opened a new film with Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart - CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA. (Stewart became the first American to ever win a Cesar award for her role in this film. The Cesar Awards are France's equivalent to our Academy Awards.) In addition, we will open the 40th Anniversary Restoration of GREY GARDENS - the documentary that became the basis for numerous books, an HBO narrative film and even a … [Read more...]



Jack Black, James Marsden & Elaine Paige – See New Films at THE NEON

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Hello Everyone, Today we opened the Sundance hit THE D TRAIN - a new comedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. On Wednesday, May 13, we will have a one-night-only screening of I'M STILL HERE: ELAINE PAIGE.  In addition, this week we're holding onto my favorite comedy in a long, long time - WHILE WE'RE YOUNG (starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) and got the last two films for this year's DAYTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL. GREY GARDENS (the original) starts next Friday! Synopsis for THE D TRAIN: "All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That's about to change - … [Read more...]



EX MACHINA Opens Friday & Jewish Film Fest Starts This Weekend at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, If you still need to see WOMAN IN GOLD, a film that many of our regulars are absolutely loving, you only have until Thursday to see it at THE NEON. On Friday, we will open a new sci-fi film about artificial intelligence - one that seems all the more scary after having heard a story about a similar subject on NPR. EX MACHINA has been garnering rave reviews, and it certainly looks sophisticated and thought provoking...it also holds the record for the biggest opening of 2015 in larger markets. We have our fingers crossed that Dayton audiences are interested! TRUE STORY will … [Read more...]



Franco and Hill in TRUE STORY Starts Friday + Elaine Paige News at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, If you still need to see THE WRECKING CREW, IT FOLLOWS or WILD TALES, you only have until Thursday (Apr. 16). WOMAN IN GOLD was loved by patrons this weekend, and it will stick around for another week. Many thanks if you hurried out this past weekend to see it! On Friday, we will open a film based on a true story...and guess what, it's called TRUE STORY - starring Jonah Hill, James Franco and Felicity Jones. For this week's remaining showtimes (they're different than the upcoming week - which are listed below), please visit our website at www.neonmovies.com Synopsis for … [Read more...]



WOMAN IN GOLD Opens Friday at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, If you still need to see THE WRECKING CREW, IT FOLLOWS or WILD TALES, you're in luck. We're going to hold them for one more week (April 16 will be the last day for all three films). In addition, on Friday, we will open a film many of you have been anxious to see - WOMAN IN GOLD. For this week's remaining showtimes (they're different than the upcoming week - which are listed below), please visit our website at www.neonmovies.com Synopsis for WOMAN IN GOLD: "Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts … [Read more...]



UPDATE – MOMMY and IT FOLLOWS Are Opening at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, Earlier today, I made an announcement about WOMAN IN GOLD opening at THE NEON on April 1…that plan has changed.  The Weinstein Company has made big changes to their release strategy for WOMAN IN GOLD.  After confirming April 1 as its opening date for us, they have yanked it away (from us and numerous other cinemas across the country).  At this time, we don't know if we will be able to play the film when it finally becomes available in our market.  That said, I have made the appropriate changes to this week's newsletter below.  Thanks for your understanding - this is very … [Read more...]



Golden Globe Winner LEVIATHAN Opens March 20th at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, Even though WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS and THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL are performing well enough to stick around, we're still going to throw something new into the mix for a handful of screenings. LEVIATHAN is one of the best reviewed films we've shown in a long time, and it was the winner of this year's Golden Globe for "Best Foreign Language Film." For this week's remaining showtimes (they're different than the upcoming week - which are listed below), please visit our website at www.neonmovies.com   Synopsis for LEVIATHAN: "Kolia lives in a small town … [Read more...]



WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – From FLIGHT OF CONCHORDS Creators – Opens Friday!

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Hello Everyone, If you still need to see MR. TURNER or STILL ALICE, you'll need to hurry. Thursday will be the last chance to catch them at THE NEON. (For this week's showtimes, please visit our website at www.neonmovies.com.) Of course we'll certainly be holding onto THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL! Many thanks to all of you who came out to support this film during opening weekend. We had the best results in town, and we couldn't do it without such a great, loyal following. Thank you! On Friday, we will open a new comedy that's in the same "vein" as SPINAL TAP and BEST IN SHOW. … [Read more...]



MR. TURNER Opens and Fun MARIGOLD HOTEL News at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, I'm sad to report that TIMBUKTU did not fare very well for us at THE NEON. Though it was an award winner at Cannes and it nearly swept the Cesar Awards last week (the "French Oscars" - it won 7 awards including "Best Picture"), today (Feb. 25) will be your last chance to catch it at THE NEON. On Friday, we will open a film that many art enthusiasts have been anxious to see - MR. TURNER. We'll also hold onto the film that just garnered Julianne Moore her first Oscar - STILL ALICE. Remaining showtimes for this week are available on our website - www.neonmovies.com. Synopsis … [Read more...]



Oscar Nominee TIMBUKTU Opens & FREE Oscar Party Details at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, The response to STILL ALICE was really terrific this weekend. Most customers agree that Julianne Moore's performance is honest and beautifully done...and that she will deserve the Academy Award this Sunday. STILL ALICE will stick around, and on Friday, we will open a contender for this year's "Best Foreign Film" Oscar - TIMBUKTU - the first time a film from Mauritania has ever received a nomination.  The last day for TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT will be Thursday, Feb. 19.  MR. TURNER is slated to open on Feb. 27 and THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is set to open on March … [Read more...]