Reel Cleveland: A.P.E. at Cedar Lee

And more local film news

Cleveland Cinemas marketing director Dave Huffman is particularly excited about A.P.E., this week's Cult Film Series feature at the Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., 216.321.5411,, which will screen in old-fashioned 3D at 9:30 p.m. and midnight Saturday, November 7. Tickets are $6.

"I can't find a record of anyone playing the film in its original 3D format for over 30 years," says Huffman, adding that he first heard of the film from a friend, who showed him an ad from its previous Cleveland showing in 1976. "I've sort of become obsessed with getting an audience to see this hilarious, awful movie. We like to show a lot of things that people have heard of, but I like to include a few obscure titles. We've proved with the Cult Series that a bad movie can be just as much fun as a good movie when you have a fun audience to watch it with. It's a fun, bad movie." Jack H. Harris, the same guy who produced The Blob, owns the rights to the film, and Hoffman personally contacted him to get a 3D print from the Academy Film Archive. "We also made three little short films for the Cedar Lee's Facebook page," says Hoffman. "They depict a scene from the movie in which the Ape fights a shark, and they thrash around for an inordinately long time." See them at

Co-produced and co-written by Cleveland natives Christina Grozik and Paul Shaia, And the Winner Is... screens as part of a benefit at 7 p.m. Friday, November 6, a the Westfield Insurance Theatre (1375 Euclid Ave.). A documentary about how the small Ohio town of Centerville decided to elect its next mayor with a beauty pageant-like event, the film features a cameo by trash-talk-show host Jerry Springer. Magic 105.7 FM radio personality Jimmy Malone will host the event which also includes a cocktail reception plus a discussion with the filmmakers. Tickets are $25, and proceeds go to the Downtown Homeless Fund. Find more information at

Local film critic Terry Meehan leads a discussion after the screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 7, at the Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Ave., 216.226.8275, FREE.

The Killers: Live From the Royal Albert Hall shows in HD and digital sound at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, at the newly restored Capitol Theatre (1390 West 65th St., 216.651.7295, Tickets: $9.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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