Sick of the usual Hollywood fare at your local theater? Turns out there are alternatives.
Movie theaters are turning their attention to offerings other than the usual summer comedies and winter dramas.
These days, it's not unusual to find opera, rock shows, celebrity interviews and even sports events playing on the big screen. Some are live simulcasts, some prerecorded, but all provide something an experience you don't often get at the local multiplex.
Companies like Colorado-based Fathom Entertainment and Brooklyn-based By Experience are taking advantage of technologies like digital projection systems and satellite feed capabilities - once rare in movie theaters but increasingly ubiquitous - to offer different kinds of entertainment.
Recently, By Experience distributed a multimedia dance-music-puppet performance from London's National Theatre to the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, and brought a live broadcast of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" - staged in St. Paul, Minn. - to several Long Island theaters.
Here's a short list of events from around the country coming to a theater near you:
'The Boondock Saints' 10th Anniversary
March 11, 7:30 p.m.
Unwatchable piece of hackwork? Or brilliant indie crime-thriller? Either way, Troy Duffy's infamous 2000 release has gained a surprising cult following, and now you can celebrate the 10th anniversary with a screening and interviews with the cast and filmmaker.
The Black Eyed Peas: The E.N.D. World Tour LIVE
March 30, 10:30 p.m.
You'll have to stay up late for this one: The Grammy-winning Peas will be broadcasting this two-hour concert live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, which means things won't kick off here on the East Coast until about 10:30 p.m. There will also be 30 minutes of backstage footage to whet your appetite.
Playing at: Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas; Westbury Stadium 12; Port Washington Cinemas; Island 16 Cinema De Lux; Holtsville.
March 27, 1 p.m.
Not the play but Ambroise Thomas' opera, as enacted by Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera with Simon Keenlyside as the troubled Prince and Natalie Dessay as Ophelia (whose extended mad scene has made this opera famous). As with any live performance, casting is subject to change; a recorded "encore" will be shown April 14.
Playing at: Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas; Westbury Stadium 12; Port Washington Cinemas; Island 16 Cinema De Lux, Holtsville.
UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy
March 27, 10 p.m.
Pay-per-view sports events are fine, but your television screen probably isn't as big as the one in the local multiplex. This mixed martial arts battle from the Ultimate Fighting Championship folks pits Georges "Rush" St-Pierre against Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy, plus a clash between former heavyweight champion Frank Mir and Shane Carwin.
Playing at: Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas; Port Washington Cinemas; Island 16 Cinema De Lux, Holtsville.