Rich Howells

Marketplace at Steamtown looking for new management to reopen Iron Horse Movie Bistro in Scranton

Marketplace at Steamtown looking for new management to reopen Iron Horse Movie Bistro in Scranton

After conflicting messages were posted on Facebook yesterday by the Iron Horse Movie Bistro and the adjacent Marketplace at Steamtown in downtown Scranton, the owner of both businesses, John Basalyga, clarified that Iron Horse will be temporarily closed while he seeks a new management company to run the movie theater. At midnight on Saturday, the […]

 Rich Howells

Iron Horse Movie Bistro in Scranton closes after less than a year, Marketplace says it’s temporary

Iron Horse Movie Bistro in Scranton closes after less than a year, Marketplace says it’s temporary

At midnight last night, the Iron Horse Movie Bistro in downtown Scranton announced suddenly on Facebook that it would be closing its doors after less than a year in business, though the adjacent Marketplace at Steamtown claims this is only temporary. Run by Phoenix Theatres Entertainment in Knoxville, Tennessee, the theater’s simple Facebook post thanks […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Telling the real ‘Polka King’ story with documentary filmmaker John Mikulak

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Telling the real ‘Polka King’ story with documentary filmmaker John Mikulak

Recorded and produced every week by Internet marketing company Coal Creative in their production studio in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the award-winning NEPA Scene Podcast presents honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to Northeastern Pennsylvania. The live, multi-camera show streams in high definition on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEOS: NEPA musicians perform with ‘Polka King’ Jack Black on ‘Colbert’ and ‘Today’ show

VIDEOS: NEPA musicians perform with ‘Polka King’ Jack Black on ‘Colbert’ and ‘Today’ show

While the NEPA Scene Podcast recorded a show with John Mikulak, whose local documentary inspired the new Netflix movie “The Polka King,” several Northeastern Pennsylvania musicians were in New York City yesterday performing polka music with its star, Jack Black, on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” which aired later that night on CBS. Black […]

 Derek Warren

CULT CORNER: ‘Don’t Torture a Duckling’ is a criminally unseen Italian murder mystery

CULT CORNER: ‘Don’t Torture a Duckling’ is a criminally unseen Italian murder mystery

The name Lucio Fulci is synonymous with horror, specifically over-the-top gore-filled horror. His films “Zombie,” “City of the Living Dead,” and “The Beyond” are among the pantheon of must-see movies for horror fanatics. However, he has a plethora of great titles that have been overlooked due to their lack of nonstop gore. “Don’t Torture a […]

 Derek Warren

CULT CORNER: Flash back to the ’80s and slash into the New Year with ‘New Year’s Evil’

CULT CORNER: Flash back to the ’80s and slash into the New Year with ‘New Year’s Evil’

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even Easter all have horror films based around holiday celebrations. The sheer idea of a horror film based about New Year’s Eve could be scary with a large volume of people in one enclosed place, but “New Year’s Evil” takes a different turn with the holiday celebration. The film follows a […]

 Derek Warren

CULT CORNER: Be ‘very naughty’ this Christmas with infamous ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’

CULT CORNER: Be ‘very naughty’ this Christmas with infamous ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’

There are many Christmas-themed horror films, including some we’ve featured here, but few have reached the heights in the sub-genre that “Silent Night, Deadly Night” has over the years. The fever pitch that the film created upon initial release in theaters set it on the path to the cult status it now enjoys. Released in […]

 Rich Howells

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ does not go the way you think, thankfully

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ does not go the way you think, thankfully

Editor’s note: This review is spoiler-free and does not reveal any major plot details. One line that sticks out from the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” trailer is Luke Skywalker warning Rey, “This is not going to go the way you think!” After seeing the film on opening night, he could have just as easily […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Netflix releases first trailer for ‘The Polka King’ starring Jack Black as Hazleton con man

As NEPA Scene reported yesterday, Netflix has finally settled on an official release date for its new comedic drama, “The Polka King,” so today the streaming service dropped the first trailer for the anticipated film, which stars comedian, actor, and musician Jack Black as real-life Hazleton polka legend Jan “Lewan” Lewandowski. No area has anticipated […]

 Rich Howells

‘The Polka King’ starring Jack Black as Hazleton con man premieres on Netflix on Jan. 12

‘The Polka King’ starring Jack Black as Hazleton con man premieres on Netflix on Jan. 12

Since its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 22, moviegoers in Northeastern Pennsylvania have been anxiously waiting for a release date for the new comedic drama “The Polka King,” which is forgoing a traditional theatrical release by becoming a Netflix exclusive. The reason so many locals are looking forward to the movie […]

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