What we're about

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We NOW REQUIRE a HEADSHOT PHOTO, as well as your first AND last name / initial.

This is so that we may properly add you to our growing member list (as well as RECOGNIZE you when we finally meet back in the movie theater -- hopefully VERY SOON . . . )

FYI: We now have over 1200 members on the rolls, so it's getting to be a bit of a challenge as you might imagine for Yours Truly to keep everyone organized.)

Thanks for the help!

- Kris

About Us . . .

The Scenic City Cinephiles are a group for people who love movies (especially established 'classics' from all eras) and enjoy seeing them -- be it on the big screen, video, or on television (but preferably on the former! :-)

The Scenic City Cinephiles are a rather passionate bunch, but we love getting together to talk about our favorite films, stars, directors, and genres.

Note: In the days before (and after!) the return of COVID, we will do an 'pre- / after-party' at a restaurant near the theater (Jason's Deli & Chicago Pizza Co. are but two faves) to grab a bite & discuss the film -- a practice we hope to return to in the near future.

Our 'Regular' Screening Venues

For the duration of the summer / early fall 2021 season, we are meeting at The Wilderness Drive-In in Trenton, but we hope to return to some of our old haunts once things get back to semi-normal --

In June & July of 2021, the City's Heritage House Arts & Civic Center in East Brainerd (1428 Jenkins Road - 37421) was briefly reopened screened a classic film every Thursday of the month at 6:30pm (doors at 6pm).

PLEASE NOTE: We have recently been given the go-ahead (as of 25 Oct. 2021) to begin a staggered transition back to fully "open" status --

*** SO STAY TUNED for screening updates later this fall! ***

During the summer & holiday season, we have also been known to catch the Bobby Stone Film Series at The Tivoli downtown, as well as any showings of films held in Miller or Coolidge Park(s) during the summer months.

Big News!

We were recently certified as an Official Turner Classic Movies local chapter, and we look forward to once again attending their 1-2x monthly TCM re-releases* en masse when they & we resume meeting in-person.

[Screened usually at the Regal Hamilton Place 8 (our 'home' theater') or the AMC Chattanooga 18 (aka: the old 'Rave' in East Ridge)].

In future, we'd also like to catch the Jewish Film Series as well as the various film festivals held in Chattanooga. (Did you know Chattanooga has at least THREE at last count?)

Lastly, we're a pretty easygoing bunch and enjoy meeting other folks who share our cinematic interests.

-- so, as Ms. Mae West might say, why not . . .

"Come up and see us sometime!?!"

*** FYI: 'Our neat little 'Groucho' MOVIE BUFF LOGO is courtesy of artist FABIEN JOUIN -- you can check out his other cool design work on his BEHANCE page AT:


Thanks again, Fabien, for the nice artwork -- we couldn't ask for a better (or more apropos) logo!

Upcoming events (4+)

Walt Disney's ENCANTO directed by Jared Bush & Byron Howard

AMC Chattanooga 18

The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia -- in a charmed place called 'The Encanto.'

The magic of The Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift -- every child, that is, except poor Mirabel.

However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when it is discovered that the magic surrounding The Encanto may now be in danger . . .

"Encanto celebrates how ordinary people can be extraordinary. Vibrant and touching, it is a heaped helping of candle-lit fun and magic."
-- Katie Smith-Wong - FLICK FEAST

*** Rated 92% FRESH! on RottenTomatoes.com

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaimKeDcudo/

WHO: Walt Disney's . . .
WHEN: Tuesday, November 30th at 3:40 pm at . . .
WHERE: AMC Chattanooga 18 (aka: the old 'Rave')
WHY: (Receiving overwhelming critical reviews + !)
COST: Approx. $7 (adults) / $5 (seniors) with AMC Stubs Premier
RUNNING TIME: Feature running time: 1:49

AMC TICKETING LINK: https://www.amctheatres.com/showtimes/all/2021-11-30/amc-chattanooga-18/all

WEST SIDE STORY (TCM 60th Anniversary) directed by Robert Wise

AMC Chattanooga 18

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to the modern-era as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs -- the working-class Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.

This electrifying musical, with music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN and lyrics from STEPHEN SONDHEIM, sets the ageless tragedy in the slums of 1950's New York.

When a member of the Jets falls in love with the sister of the Sharks' leader, things look hopeful at first, but rapidly go downhill.

Illustrating the events are the unforgettable song & dance numbers we all know -- including "America", "Somewhere" and "I Feel Pretty".

Starring NATALIE WOOD, RITA MORENO, RUSS TAMBLYN, RICHARD BEYMER, and GEORGE CHAKIRIS -- the film went on to win 10 Academy Awards® on its original release in October of 1961.

This particular event will also feature exclusive insight from TCM Host BEN MANKIEWICZ, as well as being shown in it's original aspect ratio of 2.35:1.*

* (The film's previous airings on traditional television were always severely cropped to 4:3)

"Buoyed by Robert Wise's dazzling direction, Leonard Bernstein's score, and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, West Side Story remains perhaps the most iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations to visit the big screen."

-- Rated 91% FRESH on RottenTomatoes.com
(Critics Consensus)

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CfPT9N9ZM0/


WHO: Robert Wise's . . .
WHAT: WEST SIDE STORY (60th Anniversary TCM reissue)
WHEN: Wednesday, 01 December at 7:00pm EST
WHERE: AMC Chattanooga 18 - East Ridge (aka: 'The Rave')
WHY: Really?!? You HAVE to ask? ;-)
COST: $12.50 + convenience fee*

* FYI: Convenience fee is waived with a very affordable AMC Stubs Premiere membership!



*** OH! But WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?: We will be wearing our trademark Hawaiian / aloha shirts so that you can find us in the crowd.

(Feel free to wear one, as well . . . *LOUD is o.k.! :-)

ON GOLDEN POND (1981) directed by Mark Rydell

AMC Chattanooga 18

Adapted by Ernest Thompson from his 1979 play of the same name, ON GOLDEN POND details the story of the relationship between Norman (HENRY FONDA), a curmudgeon, with his estranged daughter Chelsea (JANE FONDA).

As Norman and his wife Ethel (KATHERINE HEPBURN) holiday at their idyllic lakeside house in New England, known as Golden Pond, they nevertheless agree to take under their wing young Billy (DOUG McKEON), the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend Bill (DABNEY COLEMAN).

And as a surprise to all, a most unexpected relationship blossoms . . .

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y85sfYVOS84

"On Golden Pond is a rare and beautiful movie, radiating with humanity. Ernest Thompson has adroitly adapted his successful play to the screen, adding pictorial scope without sacrificing the human interplay."

Rated 93% FRESH! on RottenTomatoes.com


WHO: Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda & Jane Fonda in . . .
WHEN: Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 @ 7pm
WHERE: AMC Chattanooga 18 in East Ridge (aka: 'The Rave')
WHY: (See the top line . . . :-)
COST: $13.50 (adults) / 12.50 + tax (seniors)


THE KING's MAN* directed by Matthew Vaughn *(rated 'R')

AMC Chattanooga 18

Just in time for the holidays -- a good solid "popcorn" historical action flick! (Think "steampunk James Bond" . . . )

Based on the popular comic book "The Secret Service" by Mark Millar, THE KING's MAN is set in the early years of the 20th century -- when the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal of the world's worst tyrants, who together are plotting a war to wipe out millions . . .

This is the THIRD film in the series, preceded by THE SECRET SERVICE (2014) and THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (2017) -- the FORMER of which is recommended if you want to "prep" yourself for what's coming! :-)

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zdBG-iGfes/


WHO: Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, and Gemma Arterton in...
WHEN: 7:20pm (EST) on Tuesday, December 21st at the . . .
WHERE: AMC Chattanooga 18 (aka: the old 'Rave')
WHY: This looks very promising judging from the trailer . . .
COST: (Approx.) $8 adults / $6 for seniors (with Stubs Premier)

AMC TICKET LINK: https://www.amctheatres.com/showtimes/all/2021-12-21/amc-chattanooga-18/all/

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