Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ballet Comes This Fall to Your Local Digiplex Theater

Digiplex Theaters in Westfield and Cranford, N.J., and Bloomfield, Conn.
Feature Professional Ballet Performances For Holidays and Beyond

By: Jeff Blumenfeld

  Digiplex Destinations is expanding its schedule of encore ballet performances based upon the popularity of its initial professional dance presentations this summer.  The Moscow Bolshoi Ballet and the Royal Ballet from London’s Royal Opera House will appear over 11 days on its silver screens between now and the holidays.
Offering professional ballet for a popcorn-eating audience is made possible by the conversion of theaters from 35 millimeter film projectors to digital technology that allow either live or encore performances to be beamed directly to local theaters.
The fall 2011 schedule for both the Digiplex Cranford (N.J.) Theater and Digiplex Bloomfield 8 (Conn.) is:
Esmeralda (Bolshoi Ballet), Oct. 16 at 12:30 p.m. and Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Sleeping Beauty (Bolshoi Ballet), Nov. 27, at 12:30 p.m., and Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
The Royal Ballet performance of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker comes to the Digiplex Rialto Westfield theater and the Digiplex Bloomfield 8 theater on the following dates and times:
Dec. 16, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 and 18 at 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 19, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 21, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Sleeping Beauty
Tickets for $15 are available at the box office or online at
 Doors open 30 minutes in advance.
The schedule continues into 2012 with encore performances of Le Corsaire (Bolshoi Ballet), Romeo & Juliet (Royal Ballet), The Bright Stream (Bolshoi Ballet), La Fille Mal Gardee (Royal Ballet), Raymonda (Bolshoi Ballet), and Sleeping Beauty (Royal Ballet). Check for showtimes.
  According to A Dale  'Bud' Mayo, Digiplex Destinations chairman/CEO, “The response to encore ballet presentations has been particularly gratifying at all our theaters and encouraged us to find a home for ballet well into 2012,”
“Bringing professional performance dance to local communities, especially in time for the holidays, is exactly the kind of entertainment we had in mind when we invested in the digital technology that allows us to expand beyond the latest Hollywood blockbuster movie into a full range of alternative programming.” Said Mr. Mayo.

The Digiplex Cranford Theater is located at 25 North Avenue, Cranford; the Digiplex Rialto Westfield is at 250 East Broad Street. The Digiplex Bloomfield 8 Theater is located at 863 Park Avenue (Wintonbury Mall), Bloomfield, Conn.

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