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Apr 20, 2020 by

Cinevent 2020 Is Canceled

If you’re a fan of silent and early sound films or a collector of motion pictures and related items, then Cinevent is for you. One of the associated conventions – along with FarmerCon and Monster Bash – found on our home page, this year’s Cinevent at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel on 50 North 3rd Street in the heart of Columbus, Ohio has been cancelled.

For over fifty years, Cinevent has gathered fans of silent and early sound films, as well as collectors of motion pictures and related items. A Memorial Day tradition for hundreds of attendees who gather together every year, the convention was co-founded by the late Steve Haynes — a big fan and supporter of PulpFest.

Cinevent features an extensive schedule of classic sound and silent films running from morning through late evening. Additionally, Cinevent hosts over one-hundred tables of movie-related collectibles such as posters, lobby cards, press kits, DVDs and 16 mm films and one of the country’s largest live auctions of vintage posters. Please be sure to help the convention’s vendors out during these difficult times by shopping their online inventory. You’ll find links to their sites on the Cinevent home page.

Rest assured, Cinevent will return in 2021. It will be held Memorial Day Weekend in the coming year. To keep abreast about this fun convention, be sure to like their Facebook page.

Although PulpFest 2020 will have a limited film program, the convention will have a lot of great programming. Add onto that a dealers’ room featuring tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. We’ll also have a hospitality suite featuring wine, beer, snacks, and more. So what are you waiting for? Start making your plans to celebrate “Mystery, Adventure, Science Fiction, and More” at PulpFest 2020.

(One of the highlights of this year’s Cinevent was to be a centennial showing of THE MARK OF ZORRO. A 1920 silent film, THE MARK OF ZORRO is the first of three adaptations of Johnston McCulley’s novel, “The Curse of Capistrano.” Initially serialized in five parts in ALL-STORY WEEKLY — beginning with the August 9, 1919 issue — McCulley’s novel sold more than 50 million copies in book form.

Starring Douglas Fairbanks as the title character and his alter ego, THE MARK OF ZORRO was the first film to be released by United Artists, the company formed by Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith. The film’s advertising prominently mentioned ALL-STORY WEEKLY, its pulp source.

The success of Fairbanks’ adaptation, convinced Johnston McCulley to author further adventures of Zorro. Over the next forty years, McCulley penned a total of five Zorro novels and nearly 60 short stories featuring the masked avenger. The stories appeared in ARGOSY, WEST, and other pulp magazines.)