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.



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!


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...]

15 Oscar Nominees Start Friday at THE NEON

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Hello Everyone, Over the past few years, more and more people have been interested to see as many of the Oscar nominated films as possible before the ceremony...and now you can get even closer to that goal by having access to all 15 nominated short films. Starting Friday, we will open all three programs of the Oscar Nominated Short Films - ANIMATION, LIVE ACTION and DOCUMENTARY. Showtimes can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this newsletter or by visiting our official site at www.neonmovies.com. In addition, we will hold two other big nominees - THE IMITATION GAME and FOXCATCHER. (As … [Read more...]

Acclaimed FOXCATCHER Opens Friday at THE NEON!


Hello Everyone, It's Oscar Season, and it's time to get moving with new films. If you haven't had the chance to see WILD (or you need to see it again), you'll need to hurry down to THE NEON...Thursday will be your last chance to catch it with us. On Friday, we will open the much-acclaimed new film FOXCATCHER - starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. THE IMITATION GAME will continue its hugely successful run. Remaining showtimes for this current week can be found on our website at www.neonmovies.com. Synopsis for FOXCATCHER: "FOXCATCHER is a psychological drama directed … [Read more...]

2 Big Hits & A BIG Thank YOU from THE NEON!


Hello Everyone, This past weekend was really big at THE NEON! In fact, it was our third best weekend of the year (GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL holds the title for "Best Weekend Ever" and the weekend we opened AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY as well as INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS was our second best of the year). Needless to say, we're going to hold both THE IMITATION GAME and WILD for another week. Remaining showtimes for this current week can be found on our website at www.neonmovies.com To learn more about each film, visit our site…or each of the film's official sites:  THE IMITATION GAME and WILD. Below are … [Read more...]

Best Picture Nominee THE IMITATION GAME Opens Thursday at THE NEON! WILD a Big Success!


Hello Everyone, WILD was a big success over the weekend.  Many thanks to all of you who came down to support it at THE NEON.  It will be sticking around through the end of the year. We're pretty excited for what we hope will be our next big film - THE IMITATION GAME - opening this Thursday. This film about Alan Turing and the breaking of the Enigma Codes during WWII has been nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards including "Best Picture." (In addition to already winning the "Audience Choice Award" in Toronto, it has also garnered lots of recognition from critics this season.) Benedict … [Read more...]

WILD – Starring Reese Witherspoon – Opens Friday + More About IMITATION GAME, TOMMY LEE JONES Yogananda & More


Hello Everyone, We're going to end the year at THE NEON with some very high profile films. On Friday, we will open WILD - the new film based on the #1 Bestseller by Cheryl Strayed. I saw this film in Toronto, and I immediately knew that Witherspoon would receive nominations galore for this role. She's a shoe-in for an Oscar nomination! Next Thursday (Dec. 25), we will open THE IMITATION GAME - a film that was on the top of the list to see in Toronto. This is one that will undoubtedly get a "Best Picture" nomination. It's a really terrific film, and I know Daytonians are going to love … [Read more...]

Thrilling CITIZENFOUR and Special Event Announcements at THE NEON


Hello Everyone, It was a terrific weekend at THE NEON. Many thanks to everyone who came out to see movies with us. Audiences are adoring THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, and BIRDMAN keeps on truckin' (and will stick around for one screening per day for one more week). Unfortunately, despite the high praise, WHIPLASH is heading out. If you haven't seen it yet, Thursday will be your last chance to catch it at THE NEON. On Friday, we will begin the new documentary about Edward Snowden and government surveillance programs - CITIZENFOUR. In many circles, this film is considered the front-runner for … [Read more...]



Hello DaytonMostMetro Fans, I've got good news. WHIPLASH and BIRDMAN will be able to share a screen starting this Wednesday. That said, if you need to see either of these films, I'd suggest hurrying down. They may not last more than one more week. Tomorrow (Wed, Nov. 26), we will open a film that I know many of you will embrace - THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. When I saw this film at the World Premiere in Toronto, the auditorium was packed with stars who were anxious to see the film - including Jon Stewart, Julie Taymor and Andrew Garfield. The standing ovation was remarkable, and hearing Eddie … [Read more...]

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


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...]