The Neon movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. (Photo source: Facebook)
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You can enjoy a movie from The Neon at home

Downtown Dayton movie theater offering virtual screenings of several films

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 in March because of the coronavirus, the downtown Dayton movie theater recently announced that you can now watch three films 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. 

Currently, The Neon is giving its patrons the opportunity to stream three different films: “Saint Frances,” “Sorry We Missed You” and “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band.” And starting Wednesday, “The Etruscan Smile” will be available, as well.

For $10.50, you get a 48-hour link to “Saint Frances,” 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. 

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Movie poster for "Saint Frances."

For $12, you will have access to “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” for a total of 72 hours. The film, which details the formation of The Band and life of Robertson, its founder, features rare archival footage, photography and interviews with other notable figures in the music industry. Click here to purchase 72-hour access to the film.

Additionally, for $12, you’ll have the opportunity to stream “Sorry We Missed You” for five days. The film is directed by master filmmaker Ken Loach and is about a family dealing with the current gig economy.  Click here to rent the movie for five days.

Renting these films also supports The Neon, Dayton’s cherished independent, nonprofit cinema, which is the only place to watch movies downtown.

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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.

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