Regal Cinemas has finally broken ground on the new Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX. After a four-day sneak preview featuring older films, reduced admissions and a generous donation to charity, the theater will be officially opening to the public this Friday, Nov. 15. The multiplex will feature New Mexico’s first IMAX format screen and something called RPX or “Regal Premium Experience.” Regal bills RPX as “a custom-built premium environment featuring elegant and luxurious seats with high-back headrests, a giant immersive screen illuminated by high-quality digital projectors and completed with a state-of-the-art sound system.” Both IMAX and RPX screens will come with an additional fee. The Winrock Stadium is located on the Southeast side of the Winrock Mall.
To the (I)MAX
Live ski or die
Ski bum filmmaker Warren Miller can always be counted on to release at least one snow-covered extreme sports movie per year. The 2013 offering—his 64th to date!—is Ticket to Ride. The film will “take filmgoers on an action-packed journey with the world’s best skiers and snowboarders.” The film shuttles viewers to Alaska, Montana, Kazakhstan, Iceland and Greenland in search of legendary powder. Ski Santa Fe, Sandia Peak and REI will be sponsoring a string of screenings this weekend at the KiMo Theatre. Showtimes are Friday, Nov. 15, at 8pm and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 and 7pm. Tickets are $12 general admission and are available through kimotickets.com or at the KiMo box office.
The Gallup Film Festival was scheduled to take place Sept. 13 through 15 at the El Morro Theatre in Gallup, N.M. But a week before it was set to start, it was postponed due to “current issues being resolved internally with the city.” Not sure what that means, exactly, but it looks like the festival is back up and running. It’s scheduled to take place now Nov. 15 through 17 at the Downtown Conference Center in Gallup. Bronson Pelletier and Kiowa Gordon, the “Wolf Pack” from the Twilight Saga films will be making a special appearance. Friday will feature documentary premieres and panel discussions. Saturday is reserved for drama, animation, more panel discussions and a special screening of the Navajo language cut of Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope. Sunday closes out with short films, live music and the awards ceremony. Tickets are $25 for a day pass, $65 for a full weekend pass and $95 for a VIP all-access pass. Go to gallupfilmfestival.com to purchase tickets and to check out a complete schedule of events.
The University of New Mexico’s Student Union Building will be hosting a brand-new anime convention, Nov. 16 and 17. Con-Jikan will feature anime, manga, video games and more. Special guests include voice actors Kyle Hebert (“Naruto,” “Bleach,” “Blue Exorcist”) and Cristina Vee (“Madoka Magica,” “Squid Girl”) and noted cosplay artists Kenya-Chan and Kyoka Ichinoya. There will be screening rooms, panel discussions, a maid café and a costume contest.