Ike Barinholtz of ‘Suicide Squad’ and new movie ‘The Oath’ coming to area with brother Jon

The Barinholtz brothers spent summers and Christmas break locally on their grandparents’ farm.

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The historic Little Art Theatre will host a special screening of "The Oath" featuring a question and answer session with actor Ike Barinholtz  —the film's writer, director and co-star — and his brother, actor Jon Barinholtz. The event is on Oct. 24.

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Dayton-based filmmaker Joel Moss Levinson will host the Q & A following the screening.

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Admission to the event, a fundraiser for the nonprofit 89-year-old movie theater,  is $40 a person, said Alan Barinholtz, Jon and Ike's father who lives near Cedarville.

“I think it it is a great theater. I think it is a great community,” Alan said. “You need those mom-and-pop, single screen theaters to show special films.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Little Art, 247 Xenia Ave., or  on its website. 

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The event includes a reception at nearby Mills Park Hotel featuring drinks and hors d’oeuvres.


Now Los Angeles residents, the Barinholtz brothers were raised in Chicago. They have spent many summers and Christmas breaks at their grandparents’ farm near Cederville, Alan said.

"The guys have local roots in the respect that their grandparents (Monroe and Catherine Pyles) lived here and my wife (Peggy Barinholtz) lived here until we moved to Chicago," Alan said.

Ike, a former cast member of “Mad TV,” “The Mindy Project” and “Eastbound & Down,”  in particular spent a lot of time on his grandfather’s tractor, his father said.

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Ike is best known for his roles in the films “Neighbors;” “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “Suicide Squad”  and the recently released comedy “Blockers.”

Jon has had roles in “Agent Carter” and “Dumb and Dumber To.”

Alan and Peggy have owned the family farm for about 22 years and started working on it about nine years ago, spending every other weekend here.

Alan said he kept the promise to his wife to move to the farm permanently in July.

Several of Peggy’s family members live in the area and will likely attend the Yellow Springs event, Alan said.

“The transition from Chicago to the country is fun,” the attorney and former stand-up comedian said.

The Chicago native said he loves hearing birds chirping instead of traffic.

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Alan and his wife met at Ohio State University, where both were were theater majors.

Alan, now an attorney in Ohio,  said the arts remain important to him and he wants to help the Little Art.

“It is pretty much a gem in Yellow Springs and Ohio,” he said.


What: "The Oath" screening with Ike and Jon Barinholtz

When: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m.

Where: Mills Park Hotel, 321 Xenia Ave., for drinks and hors d'oevres from 6-7 p.m. followed by screening at The Little Art, 247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs.

Cost: $40. Tickets required and seating is limited.

More info: Purchase tickets here

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

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