Just like restaurants switched to carryout, and musicians are starting to livestream, The Neon has changed gears as well.
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After being forced to close its doors earlier this month because of the coronavirus, the downtown Dayton movie theater announced this week that you can now watch a film from home.
“Even though our doors are closed for the time being, we want to continue bringing great cinema to you. Now you can still support us by watching one of our award-winning offerings at home,” Jonathan McNeal, the theater’s manager, wrote to supporters.
The first film The Neon is offering to patrons is “Saint Frances,” which will not be available on other platforms for several months. For $10.50, you get a 48-hour link to the film, which has been described as "courageous," "powerful," and "jarringly funny." It's also currently rated "98% fresh" on Rottentomatoes.com. Click here to purchase 48-hour access to the film.
Renting this film also supports The Neon, Dayton’s cherished independent, nonprofit cinema, which is the only place to watch movies downtown.
McNeal describes this as an experiment. If it goes well, they’ll look into working with other films and distributors for future offerings.
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If you want to show your support for The Neon in other ways, you can also make tax-deductible donations. Simply mail a check to The Neon, 130 E. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402. They'll make sure you get a receipt for your records.