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Beatles Film Bypasses Us

“All Together Now,” a documentary film about the creation of a stage show based on the music of The Beatles, will be given a debut screening in 22 Carmike Cinemas‘ digital theaters across the country next Monday (Oct. 20, 2008). Carmike’s Coventry 8 Cinemas at 650 W. Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown PA – east of Coventry Mall – isn’t one of them.

The movie is a behind-the-scenes look at surviving Beatles’ band members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as they worked with dance production company Cirque du Soleil to create “Love,” a Las Vegas stage show and CD album. Surviving spouses Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison (wives of deceased Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison, respectively) also appear.

George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte were friends, and began the initial collaboration on “Love.” The stage show, launched in 2006, still plays to packed houses. The CD won two Grammy awards. Carmike says it and three other entertainment companies formed a partnership to present the documentary following rave reviews it received at film festivals.

The closest “All Together Now” gets to Sanatoga is Pittsburgh, where the movie will be shown in “full digital projection” and “5.1 sound.” That’s geek-speak for “it’ll blow you away.” It also will screen at five Carmike theaters in Tennessee; two each in North Carolina, Illinois and Florida; and single theaters in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.

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