‘How to Be Single’ brings party to Aksarben

Tonight, Aksarben Cinema is hosting a movie premiere event for “How to Be Single,” the new rom-com starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann.

Starting at 6:30, Aksarben will offer a bevy of activities.

DJ Shif-D will be on hand for live music, as will the Pixel Box Photo Booth for those wanting to grab some goofy group pics.

Also on site:

The Artist Room’s Amy Barstow, who will give ladies beauty tips for 2016.

Omaha custom screenprinter Mae and Pearl Company, which will show pieces from its new collections.

Omaha Love Matchmaking, which will be giving away trial memberships.

Courtney Otte, who will show off the newest jewelry collection from Stella and Dot.

And for the main attraction, there will be four screenings for “How to Be Single” at Aksarben tonight.

Aksarben has also begun a new promotion for Thursday nights.

Students who purchase premiere movie tickets on Thursday can take their stubs and student IDs to the concession counter to get $2 small soft drinks, $2 small popcorns and $2 hot dogs. Tonight’s premiere movies are “How to Be Single,” “Deadpool” and “Zoolander 2.”

Free doc screening at Midtown Cinema

Nebraska Loves Public Schools will present a screening of the documentary “Salam Neighbor” at 7 tonight at Marcus Midtown Cinema.

The screening is free and open to the public and comes with complimentary popcorn for attendees. Seating is first-come, first-served.

“Salam Neighbor” is a 2015 doc about two Americans who went to live among the 85,000 uprooted Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Zach Ingrasci.

Free ‘Beauty and the Beast’ screening at Film Streams

Film Streams will present a free Valentine’s Day screening of “Beauty and the Beast.”

The screening, sponsored by Borsheims, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are limited to two passes per person.

The film in question is the 1946 version directed by Jean Cocteau.

“Beauty and the Beast” is part of Film Streams’ Forever Young Family and Children’s Series. There will also be ticketed showings of the movie on Saturday and Feb. 18.

Alamo goes ‘Witchy’

In anticipation of “The Witch,” the critically acclaimed and reportedly petrifying horror movie coming out next Thursday, Alamo Drafthouse Omaha is hosting a series of witchy cult classics, each in 35 mm.

“Burn, Witch, Burn” will screen at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The 1962 cult oddity is about a professor who discovers his wife has long been practicing black magic in order to protect him. When he destroys her witch kit, bad things start to happen in his life.

“A Bay of Blood” will screen at 10 p.m. Wednesday. This 1971 film contains no witchcraft, actually, but it is a beloved blood bath slasher flick from horror master Mario Bava.

“Witchfinder General” will screen at 10 p.m. Feb. 18. This is a 1968 British horror film about a witch-hunter (played by Vincent Price) who abuses his power.

“The Witch” itself starts screening at Alamo and theaters across the metro area at 7 p.m. Feb. 18.

And fair warning, the Satanic Temple has officially deemed “The Witch” a “transformative Satanic experience.”

See all the contenders for best picture in two sittings

The Oscars are right around the corner (airing Feb. 28), and maybe you haven’t yet caught up to all the best picture nominees. A few Marcus and AMC Theaters are offering an easy way to see all eight nominees in two sittings.

On Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, the Majestic, Village Pointe and Twin Creek will play all eight films. On Feb. 20, the theaters will screen in order “Brooklyn,” “Bridge of Spies,” “The Martian” and “The Big Short.” On Feb. 27, they will screen “Room,” “Spotlight,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant,” because what better way to end a film series than a bloody bear attack. Tickets to each day are $28.

AMC Oakview will also show the best picture nominees over the same two days, though the order of films is different. On Feb. 20, Oakview will play in order “Bridge of Spies,” “Room,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Big Short.” On Feb. 27, Oakview will play “Brooklyn,” “Spotlight,” “The Martian” and “The Revenant.” Tickets to each day are $30.

To buy tickets, go to marcustheatres.com or amctheaters.com

Free ‘Selma’ screening coming to Aksarben

AARP Nebraska will host a free screening of “Selma” for Black History Month.

The screening will take place at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Aksarben Cinema.

From director Ava DuVernay, “Selma” tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts to lead a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

The event is offered as part of AARP’s Movies for Grownups, which spotlights movies with storylines and performances that have special relevance to audience members 50 and older.

Though the tickets are free, seating is limited and registration is required. To reserve tickets, call 1-844-418-2281 or go to aarp.cvent.com/SELMA_Omaha.

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