The lights will come on again!


The ByTowne is now closed. But there's good news!

After the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and the ByTowne will re-open.

It may take a while for pandemic restrictions to be eased enough
that a feasible number of patrons can be allowed to watch a movie again,
but the new owners are working towards that day.

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Throne Of Blood


Must-See Cinema! Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kurosawa’s birth!

Throne Of Blood, original Japanese poster artKurosawa has transformed 'Macbeth' into a medieval Japanese legend, as General Toshirô Mifune, with Minoru Chiaki’s ‘Banquo’ at his side, gallops through a seemingly endless forest to his encounter with a single witch, then, as dense fog lifts, finds himself before a looming castle. With the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his Lady, this is a partnership of titans. Mifune’s takeover after the murder, and the castle’s bird invasion are powerful and fascinating additions to the, how-they-do-it department: except for the last hit, there is no camera trickery in the famous final scene. Real archers fired real arrows from just off camera range. When complimented on his acting, Mifune remarked ‘Who wouldn’t be scared?’

– Film Forum New York

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