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Pall cast over East Village as Pioneer Theater closes

by rania
November 2, 2008 11:35 AM
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10-29-07: One of the giant robots that starred in Jim McKenney's low budget sci-fi "Automatons," standing guard at the Pioneer

A midnight Halloween screening of "Night of the Living Dead" was the final show for the beloved downtown playhouse that specialized in outrageous, bizarre, and other truly independent cinema.

Good times, good memories.

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  • Week of Wonders | November 3, 2008 3:59 AMReply

    Lee, I'm puzzled by your comment that, "every blog and news source has inaccurately referred to Ray as the current programmer" when my blog did no such thing.

    Ray was there when I shot the robot photo last year, but I am well aware that he left for another opportunity a while back.

  • Lee Peterson | November 3, 2008 3:52 AMReply

    My name is Lee Peterson, and I have been the Manager/Programmer of the Pioneer Theater since Ray Privett quit last Spring. Since the story broke, every blog and news source has innaccurately referred to Ray as the current programmer.

    The SCHLOCKTOBER Festival was totally my baby. I planned it, I booked it, I promoted it, and I take full credit and blame for its success. I am incredibly proud of the festival, and I can say in complete humility, the response has been fantastic. In addition to sold-out World Premieres of New Indie Horror films, we have spotlighted some Retro-Schlock classics such as Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE, Ted V. Mikels' THE CORPSE GRINDERS (I conducted a telephone introduction/interview with the director), and we close with rare screenings of Joel M. Reed's BLOOD SUCKING FREAKS and George A. Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. It has been an exhausting, but exhilarating ride, and I have been overseeing the festival in person nearly every night.