Calendar of Events
Friday, December 4, 2020
Drive-in Movies at the Midway at Chilhowee Park
The City of Knoxville and the Knox County Public Library present Drive-In at the Midway Holiday Edition with free movie screenings at Chilhowee Park.
Friday, Nov. 20: “Elf” (PG, 2003)
Friday, Dec. 4: “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation” (PG-13, 1989)
Admission is free, but attendees must pre-register at https://www.knoxlib.org/movies.
“Our Drive-In at the Midway screenings earlier this fall were fun and very successful,” said City of Knoxville Special Events Director Judith Foltz. “We wanted to create that opportunity for families again for the Christmas season.” The holiday series is sponsored by Pilot Company.
The drive-in format allows attendees to watch movies on a 40-by-22-foot screen from the comfort of their vehicles or parking spots while maintaining pandemic protocols. Each vehicle may bring in the number of passengers for which it is rated (number of seatbelts). Each reserved space includes an adjacent parking space to accommodate blankets or lawn chairs. Guests will need an FM radio to receive the film’s audio from an FM transmitter.
Moviegoers must adhere to the Five Core Actions recommended by the CDC and Knox County Health Department to reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19:
Wear a mask when moving about the grounds.
No physical gathering or interaction of any type between households within the designated parking lot footprint.
Masks and hand sanitizers will be available on site.
If you feel sick, or know you’ve had contact with someone positive for COVID-19, please stay home.
For more information about Christmas in the City activities, visit KnoxvilleTN.gov/Christmas.
Central Cinema Returns with POSSESSOR and KHFF Tennessee Terrors
We've watched a few great new releases slip by us in recent months, so we jumped at the opportunity to include Brandon Cronenberg's Possessor in this year's horror film fest, and have decided to take the plunge back into business in order to share the acclaimed thriller with Knoxville audiences at large, starting Friday October 23.
As you may be able to guess, this wasn't an easy decision. We put a lot of work and hope into June's trial re-opening, only to have our plans dashed by skyrocketing COVID diagnoses. Things are, of course, not much better now. But the show must eventually go on, so we're going to take things week by week (usually with just one showing per day) and go from there! We hope that some of you will come out, but as always we respect and support individual health decisions that may keep you away. We want you safe.
The bulk of next weekend will be dedicated to Knoxville Horror Film Fest programming, but we will be offering general public screenings of Possessor at 9pm on Friday (10/23) and 7pm on Saturday (10/24). We plan to hold Possessor over through Halloween weekend, dates/showtimes TBA.
For anyone interested in local film productions, we'll also be offering a general public screening of this year's Knoxville Horror Film Fest "Tennessee Terrors" regional film block at 7pm on Friday. This hourlong program features the short films Crones Haulin' Bones, Secret Shed, The Lion's Den, Timekeeper, The Nice House, The Getaway, The Gift and That Kind of Friend.
Safety note: Facemasks are required at Central Cinema when not actively eating or drinking, and our capacity remains limited to 35% to facilitate proper distancing.
We also continue to offer and encourage private rentals, including discounted rates for films in current release at Central Cinema.
Central Cinema, 1205 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917
Jubilee Community Arts: Laurel Theater videos & radio
While all public activities at the Laurel have been canceled until further notice including dances, concerts and church services, please enjoy videos on their YouTube channel which include concerts, dance lessons, and more! https://www.youtube.com/user/LaurelTheater/videos
The historic Laurel Theater is a regional, community cultural center dedicated to preserving and presenting the traditional arts of the Southern Appalachians. The Laurel Theater is owned and operated by Jubilee Community Arts.
Tune in to 91.9 FM WUOT on Saturdays at 9 PM for "Mountain Jubilee" and 89.9 FM WDVX on Sundays from 5-11 PM for "Sunday Jubilee"!
Central Cinema: Virtual Programming
A slew of distributors have shown support for defunct independent cinemas with groundbreaking “virtual engagements” that directly benefit us directly, so take a look at what’s “showing” this week! More info: https://centralcinema865.com/
Central Cinema is a community moviehouse located in the heart of North Knoxville's Happy Holler neighborhood. Central Cinema's single auditorium features top-notch digital projection and 96 seats.