It's Official: IMAX is Coming
After biting its nails waiting for the city of Charleston to approve construction plans, Southeast Cinemas Entertainment finally announced plans to build an IMAX in West Ashley where the old Citadel AMC used to be. According to spokesperson Bryan Smith, construction is now underway, and should be finished by late summer. The theater will be part of a 16-screen multiplex with four theaters dedicated to art house cinema. "They will be given a more upscale feeling," Smith says. Art house can mean a lot of things, but what's likely is pressure on the Terrace Theatre, which now gets many exclusive screenings in Charleston. Big difference: You can't buy beer at the new Citadel 16. Maybe the Terrace is safe after all. —John Stoehr
New Doc at Terrace
A new documentary about female artists balancing home and work is coming to the Terrace Theatre Friday. Pamela Tanner Boll directed Who Does She Think She Is? The film follows the lives of five female artists at odds with their duties as wives and mothers while maintaining serious artistic careers. And the documentary touches on the difficulties most female artists face trying to get their work to be taken seriously in the professional art world. —Hadley Lyman
Party on, Dudes!
Any time you get to see Napoleon, Billy the Kid, Socrates, Ghengis Kahn, and Joan of Arc hanging out with two nearly brain-dead, Eddie Van Halen-obsessed high schoolers in a movie, it's bound to be pretty entertaining. That's what you get and more in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, a late '80s cult classic and comedy "history lesson." The Recovery Room will be screening the stellar Keanu Reeves' performance Tues. Feb. 17 for the movie's 20th anniversary. Beer will be served, as usual, and you can bet the crowd will be enthusiastic. Get there at 8 p.m. to reserve a stool. —Hadley Lyman
Mo' Media, Mo' Better
We already have The Digitel (www.thedigitel.com). Now comes another local web-only media outlet. Publisher Caroline Nutall, a former entertainment publicist in Los Angeles, is attempting to bring big-city style to the Lowcountry in the form of Charlie, an online arts and culture magazine. Launched on Feb. 4, Charlie focuses on "celebrating progressive culture" in the Lowcountry and its art, literature, fashion, cuisine, and society. Check out www.readcharlie.com. —Candice Summers