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Pothole Pictures Announces Spring & Summer 2024 Movie Schedule

pothole pictures movies shelburne fallsPothole Pictures has announced its Spring & Summer 2024 movie schedule. Movies showings are on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm with live music before at 7 pm. 

Pothole Pictures is an all-volunteer-run non-profit which has been showing a variety of foreign, classic, and independent films since 1995. The films are shown in Memorial Hall’s historic theater, a landmark in the Village of Shelburne Falls. 

Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars to see your favorite classic films or perhaps ones you’ve never seen before:


April 5 & 6    Three showings, including Saturday Matinee at 2!  

THE PRINCESS BRIDE                                               Comedy and romance!                                              

A cinematic bedtime story with a great script, by the great screenwriter William Goldman, and one of the best supporting casts of any movie ever.  On at least two lists of the greatest comedy films ever, and on AFI’s list of the greatest film love stories ever.   If you’ve never seen it, see it now, and if you have seen it, it’s probably already on your calendar. Rotten Tomatoes: 98%; CinemaScore: A+ . 1987. Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Dir: Rob Reiner  Color 98 Min  PG

Music: 

Friday: The Give —  Songs of heartbreak, chrome and hospitals.  Saturday matinee: j133 Steele — Americana with a twist.  

Saturday night: Wild Bill and Friends — Classic and rockin’ country

Friday and Saturday night  Music at 7 Movie at 7:30            

SATURDAY MATINEE  Music  at 2 PM Movie at 2:30

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April 19 & 20.                                  

HOLIDAY                                                   Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn!   

The least well-known of the four films Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn made together, but still a classic.  One of Director George Cukor’s best films, it is about self-made man Grant’s run-in with Hepburn’s rich, dysfunctional family — and about true love and happiness.   Rotten Tomatoes: 100%  1938. B/W 95 Min.  Unrated

Music: 

Friday: The Cheese Priests — 90s rock covers.   

Saturday: Franklin County Two Steppers —  Old time music

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May 3 &  4

THE THIN BLUE LINE.                               Ground breaking documentary! 

One of the most innovative and influential documentaries of all time, it tells the story of Randall Dale Adams, a hitchhiker falsely accused of killing a police officer.  The New York Times called it a “a brilliant work of pulp fiction,” but it’s not pulp and it’s not fiction.  Instead, as the Christian Science Monitor put it, it’s a “fact-filled study that’s also a full-fledged work of cinema art.” Introduced  by new Shelburne Falls resident and independent film-maker, John MacGibbon. 1988. Dir: Errol Morris  101 Min Color

Music:

Friday: Indian ragas — Solo sitar playing ragas.  

Saturday: The Uncles — From folk to jazz

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May 18 Capital Campaign Gala Performance/Variety Show 

Kick off our campaign to raise funds to renovate the Memorial Hall Theater!

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May 31 & June 1.                            

LATE SPRING         Special Event !  Q & A with Local Author – Kathe Geist!  

A great film by the great Japanese director, Yasujiro Ozu.   His quiet and subtle film about a father and daughter contending with life transitions – aging and marriage – amid the clash of traditional values and modernity in post-war Japan reveals timeless themes with the cinematic brush strokes of a Japanese brand of realism.  Called one of the “Greatest Films of All Time” by the British Film Institute.  Rotten Tomatoes: 100%  Stay for  Q & A afterward with local author and Ozu expert Kathe Geist.   1949 Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara  B/W 108 Min  Unrated 

Music:  

Friday slow Pony — Polk-funk sonic ramblings.   

Saturday: Ashley Kramer — Acoustic folk and Americana

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June 14 & 15.                           

LOVING VINCENT  Special Event Q & A with producer Nikki Justice!  

An innovative animated bio of Vincent Van Gogh created from tens of thousands of oil paintings.  This beautiful and captivating film was a sensation when first released in 2017, and we are proud to bring it to Pothole Pictures with a Q & A with one of the film’s local producers, Nikki Justice.  Nomina Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan Dirs: DK and Hugh Welchman PG  94 Min  Color 

Music: 

Friday: Dave Dersham — Contemporary acoustic troubadour.  

Saturday: Leatherleaf — Folk duo with rich harmonies

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June 28 & 29                         

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES                                      Comedy Classic!  

A storm strands an adman (Steve Martin) and salesman (John Candy) in Kansas, and they decide to travel to Chicago together.  What could go wrong? The two lead actors and writer/director John Hughes show their genius for comedy, in a buddy/road trip/holiday comedy that deserves its status as a classic.  Roger Ebert called it a Great Movie — a “perfectly cast and soundly constructed” film that “is able to reveal so much heart and truth.” 1987. Dir: John Hughes Color  93 Min  R

Music:  

Friday: OverEasy Jazz —  Traditional New Orleans jazz.   

Saturday: Sam Bergqquist — Solo acoustic singer-songwriter

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July 12 & 13.                                            

FESTIVAL EXPRESS                                                            Rockin’ the 60s!  

A concert tour puts the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy and many others on a train tour across Canada.  The SF Chronicle called it “a backstage pass to the wildest and wooliest ride in the history of the music” The scenes of conversation and jam sessions on the train, including rare footage of Janis Joplin just months before her death, are at least as fascinating as the concert performances.  2003 Dir: Bob Smeaton, Frank Cvitanovich Color 90 Min R

Music: 

Friday: Dominic Kutylowski — Americana/folk/country.    

Saturday: Farley String Band — Old time fiddle waltzes, jigs and reels

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July 26 & 27                       

TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT                                      Graham Greene on Screen   

At his mother’s funeral, banker Henry meets eccentric Aunt Augusta, and wild adventure begins.  This whimsical romantic fantasy travels across Europe as Maggie Smith (playing a woman twice her age) tries to rescue Mr. Visconti, the kidnapped great love of her youth.  You’ll be glad to go along for the ride.  1972.  With Alec McCowen, Lou Gosset.  Dir: George Cukor  Color 109 Min PG

Music:

 Jeze — Classical duets on oboes.   

Saturday: Dick Moulding  — Piano treasures from the ragtime era 

 

For more information go to shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org/pothole-pictures/.

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