Wednesday, May 20, 2015

An affair to remember: CinEvent in Columbus, May 22-25

[CinEvent takes place Friday May 22nd through Monday May 25th at the Renaissance Downtown Columbus Hotel.]

Event preview by Charles Cassady, Jr. 

Before it became more or less identified with summer-blockbuster kickoffs and superhero sequels, Memorial Day Weekend was actually about memorializing the fallen - remember?

And this Memorial Day we would like you to remember a certain Steve Haynes, who died in April at the age of 68.

Haynes, a film super-fan, was one of the co-founders of Ohio's oldest movie expo, CinEvent in Columbus. A Memorial Day weekend tradition, CinEvent happens this year in its 47th edition. Expect many tributes to Haynes during the three-day festival.

CinEvent enables one to participate in one of the region’s biggest auctions of classic movie posters and lobby cards, or browse at more than 170 tables of dealer tables full of movie merchandise, trading in everything from autographed star portraits to animation cels to soundtrack vinyl and CDs to rare tie-in paperbacks to ephemera, to the ultimate movie collectibles - movies on celluloid film. 35mm, 16mm, and 8mm, not only VHS or digital discs.

During CinEvent hours, morning to midnight, there will be nearly continuous movies being screened, all of them oldies, most of them rare, some silent with live piano accompaniment. Treats this year include a number of Laurel & Hardy vehicles, the legendary freeform vaudeville bizarre comedy HELLZAPOPPIN, an early Technicolor western THUNDER IN THE VALLEY, and the never-aired pilot of TV's classic science-fiction anthology "The Outer Limits".

Film clips of Steve Haynes talking classic Hollywood will be interspersed throughout the movies

CinEvent itself opens Friday at noon and runs through 1 p.m. Monday. Registration for the whole
convention is $50 at the door, with special one-day admissions to dealers areas and all films.

CinEvent happens at the Renaissance Downtown Columbus Hotel, 50 North 3rd Street in downtown
Columbus. Worth a drive. Especially for Mr. Haynes.

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