1977 / 144 min. /
Director: John Cassavetes
Cast: Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara

The Royal Cinema Presents: Four Films by John Cassavetes – OPENING NIGHT

The December The Royal Cinema pays homage to one of the pioneers of American independent cinema, John Cassavetes. We are thrilled to be presenting four extraordinary films from his near-perfect and absolutely necessary filmography: Opening Night (1977), Husbands (1970), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), and our closing film of the retrospective, A Woman Under the Influence (1974), which will be presented on 35mm.

Be sure to grab your full-retrospective pass and see all four films for $40 (available online only! limited availability!)

Individual tickets go on sale November 15.


Gena Rowlands is enthralling as Broadway actor Myrtle Gordon, who witnesses the death of an adoring fan in the midst of rehearsals for her latest play. Struck with overwhelming guilt, she is confronted by her own chaotic life, drowning in the unhappiness that lead her to where she is today. Opening Night is a deeply effective personal drama, allowing its audience to not only peak into the minds of these characters, but stew in emotional turmoil with them.

Upcoming Screenings:

None Currently Scheduled