Area Malco and AMC movie theaters begin reopening

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Maybe the second time will be the charm for Malco theaters in the area.

The Malco Razorback Cinema Grill and IMAX and the Malco Rogers Towne theaters both re-opened Friday (Aug. 21) for the second time during the pandemic. Hopefully, this time the theaters will be able to remain open as new films are set to open in theaters for the first time since March.

Both theaters will be playing “Cut Throat City,” “Unhinged,” and “Words on the Bathroom Walls” as well as the Christopher Nolan neo-classic “Inception” in anticipation of the opening of the director’s latest feature “Tenet,” which is set to open in theaters Sept. 4, with previews on Sept. 3.

After shutting down in March with other theaters because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Malco Razorback and Rogers Towne theaters reopened for a few weeks in July, showing blockbusters from the 1980s and 1990s and a few movies that opened prior to March, but no new material. However both theaters shut back down because of a surge of COVID-19 cases in the area.

With cases possibly plateauing, but more importantly film distributors releasing new movies, the two Malco theaters are reopening today with plans to stay open for the duration.

The AMC Fiesta Square 12 and the Skylight Cinema in Bentonville are both scheduled to reopen Thursday (Aug. 27) for the first time since being shuttered because of the pandemic in March.

DC FanDome Online Event Set for Saturday

If you are a fan of super-hero movies and television in general and DC Comics movies and shows in particular, the comic book company has just the event for you this Saturday with DC FanDome.

The online event mimics the programming of a comic-book convention with previews of upcoming DC Comics films, TV shows, video games, graphic novels, and comics.

Film fans will be especially excited for looks at some long-awaited DC properties, including the Snyder cut of “Justice League,” which will run on HBO Max next year, “The Batman,” which will star Robert Pattinson and be directed by Matte Reeves, director James Gunn’s sequel to “The Suicide Squad,” and a yet-to-be titled Flash movie that will include appearances by Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton as different versions of Batman along with Ezra Miller as the Flash.

Each of those films will be featured in segments throughout the day as well as other DC comics related TV shows, video games, movies and comics. A schedule of events and instructions for signing up for the free event can be found at

New In Local Movie Theaters

  • Cut Throat City(R) 2 hr. 4 min. (watch trailer)
    Playing at: Malco Razorback, Malco Rogers Towne
  • Inception — 10th Anniversary(PG-13) 2 hr. 42 min. (watch trailer)
    Playing at: Malco Razorback, Malco Rogers Towne
  • Unhinged(R) 1 hr. 30 min. (watch trailer)
    Playing at: Malco Razorback, Malco Rogers Towne
  • Words on Bathroom Walls(PG-13) 1 hr. 51 min. (watch trailer)
    Playing at: Malco Razorback, Malco Rogers Towne

  • 112 Drive In

  • Days of Thunder(PG-13) 1 hr. 48 min. (watch trailer)
    Playing: Aug. 21-23
  • Smokey and the Bandit(PG) 1 hr. 36 min. (watch trailer)
    Playing: Aug. 21-23

Classic Corner – Dodge City


Turner Classic Movies continues its “Summer Under the Stars” programming throughout the month of August where one star’s films are featured throughout the day.

This Sunday (Aug. 23) the films starring the lovely Olivia de Havilland will be featured, including 1938’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood” at 5 p.m. and 1939’s “Gone With the Wind” at 7 p.m. Both are MGM classics that every movie fan should watch at some point.

I’m also quite fond of “Captain Blood,” — the quintessential pirate movie — which airs at 12:45 p.m. Sunday. You can have Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but as for me, I’ll take the classic which features the first Errol Flynn-and-Basil Rathbone sword fight on the beach over any pirate movie Disney has produced.

Flynn was de Havilland’s key co-star during the meat of her career. They co-starred in an incredible nine films including “Captain Blood” and “The Adventures of Robin Hood, but also “Dodge City” in 1939 with plays at 3 pm. Sunday.

Flynn may seem a bit miscast in a Western, but his charisma wins you over as he plays Wade Hatton, a Texas cattle agent who takes on the job of sheriff in the rough-and-tumble cowtown when no one else will have it. De Havilland plays Abbie Irving, a settler who falls in love with Hatton despite the fact that her brother tangles with Flynn’s character.

The movie has the flavor of a Wyatt Earp-type of Western with Flynn’s character being based to a degree on the real-life lawman. If you like Westerns, this one is a classic with a big budget for its day, and Flynn and de Havilland in the prime of their careers.