Cinema Purgatorio

Posted Aug 18 2008

First NYC showtimes for Christmas on Mars: A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring the Flaming Lips


Many other cities coming soon, although for the northeast, right now we are focusing just on New York City.

Please note that many of our screenings are in the morning. Read the showtimes carefully, make sure you know where you’re going and when, as there are no ticket exchanges!

Psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips present Christmas on Mars: A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring the Flaming Lips, a glorious science fiction film that marks the directorial debut of the Lips’ visionary frontman Wayne Coyne.  Seven years in the making, Christmas on Mars features original music by the Flaming Lips (“The greatest US band today” - The Guardian), with acting performances by all band members, and many others from their Oklahoma City-based team.  Comedian Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and actor Adam Goldberg (Dazed and Confused, Two Days in Paris) also appear.

It’s Christmastime, and the colonization of Mars is underway.  However, when an oxygen generator and a gravity control pod malfunction, Major Syrtis (the Lips’ Steven Drozd) and his team (including the Lips’ Michael Ivins) fear the worst.  Syrtis also hallucinates about the birth of a baby, and many other strange things.  Meanwhile, a compassionate alien superbeing (Coyne) arrives, inspiring and helping the isolated astronauts.

Christmas on Mars screens in a custom-designed screening room within the Kraine Theater of the KGB Complex at 85 East Fourth Street.  A former Ukrainian Socialist Social Club, the KGB Complex features two theater spaces, a comedy club, and a bar.  For Christmas on Mars, Cinema Purgatorio is converting the KGB’s Kraine Theatre into a superb screening room with high definition video and the custom designed Zeta Bootis Mega Supersonic Super-Sound Surround System, which the Flaming Lips created specifically for this film.

Showtimes and tickets are here.
Arrange travel to and hotel in New York City here.

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We are seeking roving renegade gangs wearing santasuits, cynical psychedelic rock groups, snooty rock and roll magazines, middle aged women’s sewing circles, swarms of drunken old men, and other community and social groups to co-present screenings of Christmas on Mars.  To arrange group co-presentations and group discounts, contact us here.

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