How to watch ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ in Dayton weeks before it hits Netflix

Crews were busy filming scenes for the "Hillbilly Elegy"  movie Thursday, August 8, 2019 in Middletown. The Netflix movie is a film adaptation of "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" that was written by J.D. Vance about growing up in Middletown and in Jackson, Ky. The memoir was a bestseller released in 2016. "Hillbilly Elegy" is directed by Ron Howard and will feature several major film stars that include Amy Adams, Glenn Close and Gabriel Basso. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Crews were busy filming scenes for the "Hillbilly Elegy" movie Thursday, August 8, 2019 in Middletown. The Netflix movie is a film adaptation of "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" that was written by J.D. Vance about growing up in Middletown and in Jackson, Ky. The memoir was a bestseller released in 2016. "Hillbilly Elegy" is directed by Ron Howard and will feature several major film stars that include Amy Adams, Glenn Close and Gabriel Basso. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Daytonians won’t need to wait until the Netflix premiere of the long-awaited “Hillbilly Elegy” movie to see the film with lots of local ties.

“Hillbilly Elegy,” partially filmed in Middletown, will premiere at The Neon in downtown Dayton from Nov. 11-15 ahead of the Nov. 24 Netflix premiere. Tickets to the film’s premiere are available on The Neon’s website, but be sure to act fast — only a handful of tickets are still available. However, there’s no need to fret if you can’t score tickets, as The Neon will be offering more showings of “Hillbilly Elegy” in the near future, though the dates and times have yet to be announced.

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“Hillbilly Elegy” is the movie adaptation of J.D. Vance’s book “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis.” The film was directed by Ron Howard and stars Amy Adams and Glenn Close.

Jonathan McNeal, manager of Dayton's Neon movie theater.
Jonathan McNeal, manager of Dayton's Neon movie theater.

When Netflix feels a film has Oscar-winning potential, the streaming service will often release the film to select local or independent theaters, less-often chain theaters, to premiere ahead of the Netflix release, explained Jonathan McNeal, Neon manager and film expert.

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“That used to be an Academy rule that you had to play in a movie theater to be eligible (for Academy Awards),” McNeal said.

J.D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” said it was “surreal” to watch the filming of the movie in Middletown in August 2019. He told the Journal-News in a 2019 interview: “It’s pretty surreal to watch famous actors and actresses portraying real people from my life.”

In this file photo, J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling book “Hillbilly Elegy” and Middletown native, spoke March 9 at Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami University Middletown campus in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
In this file photo, J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling book “Hillbilly Elegy” and Middletown native, spoke March 9 at Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami University Middletown campus in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Directors worked with local actors and FilmDayton to cast local extras to appear in the film. FilmDayton also helped the production team with location scouting, McNeal said.

“Hillbilly Elegy, with all of its local ties and the success of the memoir and the fact that it was shot partially locally ... the fact that it looks great, I mean, Glenn, Close and Amy Adams look incredible — we’re excited to bring it,” McNeal said.

Crews were in Middletown Monday, August 5 filming scenes for the upcoming "Hillbilly Elegy" movie.

The Netflix movie is a film adaptation of "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" that was written by J.D. Vance about growing up in Middletown and in Jackson, Ky. The memoir was a bestseller released in 2016.

"Hillbilly Elegy" is directed by Ron Howard and will feature several major film stars that include Amy Adams, Glenn Close (pictured) and Gabriel Basso. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Crews were in Middletown Monday, August 5 filming scenes for the upcoming "Hillbilly Elegy" movie. The Netflix movie is a film adaptation of "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" that was written by J.D. Vance about growing up in Middletown and in Jackson, Ky. The memoir was a bestseller released in 2016. "Hillbilly Elegy" is directed by Ron Howard and will feature several major film stars that include Amy Adams, Glenn Close (pictured) and Gabriel Basso. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

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