One of the things I'm always on the hunt for are grand old movie palaces (or at least bona fide theatrical venues) that do what we do at Fantasmo. There's nothing cooler than finding revival screenings of cult films on the big screen, projected from actual film. From time to time I highlight these on here, with past examples including the Golden State Theatre in Monterey, the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, and more recently the AFI Silver Theatre in D.C. What's even better is when I come across one that is agonizingly close, to the extent that I might just overcome my sedentary lifestyle and trek to the site. Well, over the holiday I had some time to search a bit and found one that is shockingly close in name and purpose to Fantasmo! It's actually called RetroFantasma, and it's a (gasp!) double-feature of cult/horror held monthly at Durahm's Carolina Theatre!
The show has been going on for 10 years (to Fantasmo's 4), and has actually featured a number of the films we've shown including: Fright Night, Clue, Xanadu, From Beyond, Motel Hell, and Night of the Comet to name but a few. They even showed Mighty Peking Man!! They've also done some rather obscure titles such as Dead & Buried, Equinox, The Manitou, Blood Beach, Deep Star Six, etc. This place really has good taste : ) And this month is an awesome looking double-feature which may require a road trip. They're screening John Carpenter's The Thing and the uber rare 1979 alien invasion film The Visitor (which to my knowledge is unavailable on video at this time), both in 35 mm.
In summary, great name, great films, and very much worth checking out (although from what I can tell they have yet to have a Seagal night . . . hey, nobody's perfect)!