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Movie about Beavercreek busing saga to show here for free 

Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The city of Beavercreek discriminated against blacks when it denied an application by public transit to install bus stops near the mall, the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Civil Rights decided. Riders showed their support of the Greater Dayton RTA in this 2013 protest. ANDREW MCGINN/FILE
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The city of Beavercreek discriminated against blacks when it denied an application by public transit to install bus stops near the mall, the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Civil Rights decided. Riders showed their support of the Greater Dayton RTA in this 2013 protest. ANDREW MCGINN/FILE(Staff Writer)

The battle for public transportation in Beavercreek will be showcased during the Dayton premiere of the award-winning documentary “Free to Ride.” 

The screening will take place Sunday, July 16, at the Neon movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. 

>> MORE: Film about RTA and Beavercreek feud wins ‘best feature documentary’

The film, a winner of the best documentary at the DC Independent Film Festival, highlights the efforts of ABLE ( Advocates for Basic Legal Equality) and LEAD (Leaders for Equality in Action in Dayton) to enable RTA buses to serve Beavercreek.

The screening is part of 50 Years of Fairness and Justice, 

an anniversary campaign for legal aid in Greater Dayton.

>> MORE: New RTA stops in Beavercreek now in service

Admission is free but seating is limited. Spaces can be reserved at 

The movie will be followed by a 4 p.m. panel discussion and a reception from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Regional Transit Authority buses will take attendees to the reception at the Wright Stop Plaza.

Guests will intermittently be returned to the Neon.

>> MORE: Articles about the busing issue in Beavercreek 


The years-long battle between Regional Transit Authority and the city of Beavercreek ended in 2013 when council approved three bus stops along Pentagon Boulevard after first rejecting RTA’s application.

City council changed its position on the bus stops after the Federal Highway Administration determined the city’s previous rejection of the stops, in 2011, violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

The city risked losing more than $10 million in federal highway funding if the council decision was not reversed.

Service on the Beavercreek route began Jan. 12, 2014. 

>> Traffic cameras are coming back to Dayton at these locations

‘La La Land’ ties record number of Oscar nods with 14

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 6:01 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 6:01 PM

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The Top Academy Award Nominees

The romantic musical comedy “La La Land” has danced its way into film history, earning 14 Academy Award nominations Tuesday, tying the movies “All About Eve” and “Titanic” for the most nominations ever.

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The fantasy film was nominated for Best Picture and “La La Land’s” writer and director Damien Chazelle was nominated for an Oscar for Best Director and Best Original Screen Play.

Stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were both named in the Best Actress and Best Actor categories.

The movie also earned nominations for cinematography, costume design, sound editing, original score, sound mixing, film editing, production design and for two original songs: “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream).”

“La La Land” needs to win at least 12 Oscars at the awards next month, to beat the record for most Academy Awards. Three films have won 11 awards each: “Ben Hur,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” and “Titantic.”

The film cleaned up at the Golden Globes earlier this month, winning seven Globes, more awards than any other film ever.  The previous record was five.

5 things to know about "Carol"

Published: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 10:45 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 10:45 AM

The locally filmed, nomination-clad motion picture "Carol" is up for Oscar gold tonight.

Here are 5 things you should know.


1. Not only is the story intriguing, based on a novel by "The Talented Mr. Ripley" writer Patricia Highsmith and directed by Todd Haynes (who also directed "I'm Not There," "Far From Heaven" and "Velvet Goldmine," among many others), but there are local ties and cameos.

Jonathan McNeal

2. NEON Theatre's manager and Rubi Girls member Jonathan McNeal was an extra on the set for five days of filming: he can be seen for a split second near the end of the trailer, and more extensively in the final cut, according to the NEON's newsletter.
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shooting locally

3. Try and pick out the shots that were filmed just down the road in parts of Hamilton, Lebanon, and Cincinnati: don’t be surprised if the next time you enjoy a fried egg breakfast sandwich in Kostas Restaurant in Hamilton, there’s a sign saying “Carol was filmed here” in the window.


4. Academy Award winning actor Cate Blanchett drove a 1948 Packard Custom Victoria in the movie – and you can see it up close on display at America’s Packard Museum in downtown Dayton.


5. It's earned tons of honors already this awards season.  Carol was the frontrunner for the 73rd annual Golden Globes with five nominations, including Best Motion Picture Drama, two for Best Actress in a Drama Film (Blanchett and costar Rooney Mara are both nominated), Best Director (Todd Haynes), and Best Original Score by composer Carter Burwell. Blanchett and Mara were also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and in a Supporting Role, respectively, for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Cinematographer Ed Lachmann also was one of just five nominees for the 30th annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards. 

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Dayton-area theater gets evil scary with movie lineup

Published: Friday, September 25, 2015 @ 4:36 PM
Updated: Friday, September 25, 2015 @ 4:36 PM

Dixie Twin Drive-In, 6201 N Dixie Dive, is ready to scare the hell out of you. Its list of movies leading up to Halloween range from creepy-funny to creepy-terrifying.

Image Source: Heather O'Rourke in "Poltergeist"

Dixie Twin Drive-In, located at 6201 N. Dixie Dive, is ready to scare the hell out of you.

Its list of movies leading up to Halloween range from creepy-funny to creepy-terrifying.

Here's the schedule for "Spooky Movies at the Dixie" for the next few weekends. All the classics listed below will be playing on Screen 1. "Hotel Transylvania 2" will be playing on Screen 2 all of these weekends. Screen 2 cofeatures are TBA.

Oct 2-4:
Classic Horror Double Feature: "The Exorcist" & "The Shining"

Oct 9-11:
Wes Craven Tribute Triple Feature: "Scream," "The People Under the Stairs," "A Nightmare on Elm Street"

Oct 16-18:
Ghosts and Maniacs Triple Feature: "Poltergeist," "Evil Dead 2," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"

All of these features are the originals, not the remakes. For more movie times and show info, check or call their hotline at 937-890-5513.

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Posted by Dixie Twin Drive-In on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Miles Davis biopic 'Miles Ahead' opens this weekend

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 10:23 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 10:23 AM

The biographical film about jazz great Miles Davis will open at The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., on Friday, April 22.

Directed by and starring Don Cheadle, “Miles Ahead” was shot in Cincinnati and Dayton.


>> Scenes filmed in Dayton

>> Trailer for ‘Miles Ahead’ filmed in Dayton

>> After ‘Miles Ahead,’ Don Cheadle may film in Ohio again

Neon manager Jonathan McNeal will recognize himself in the film. He appears as an extra in one scene.

“I can be seen (albeit briefly) as the wedding photographer at the reception of Miles and Frances -- a flashback scene that took place in Miles' home,” McNeal said. “The scene and its multiple takes were filled with live music, and that was a fun energy to have on set.”

“Though I was never formally introduced to Cheadle or Emayatzy Corindealdi (who stunningly plays Frances), I did get to work and interact with them,” McNeal added. “One of the highlights of the day was getting to see Hannah Beachler at work.  Beachler is an old friend from my days at Wright State University, and she was the production designer of the film. It's been really great to see her career blossom and blossom over the years. (She was the production designer for “Creed” last year and is soon to begin working on a very high budget Hollywood production.)”

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