Pothole Pictures

We are an all-volunteer-run, non-profit, community movie house and we’ve been showing the best in classic, foreign, and independent films on the BIG screen in our historic, century-old 420-seat Memorial Hall Theater (at 51 Bridge Street – above Town Hall – in Shelburne Falls, MA) since 1995. We have frequent special events like “Meet the Filmmaker” nights and collaborations with local community organizations. Live, local musical acts play on stage for half-an-hour before each film. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids under 12.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the rate of 5 for $20 by sending a check to:
P.O. Box 368, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.
For more information, call Jim Kessler at (413) 625-8181.

March 2 & 3 at 7:30pm
Introduce your kids and grandchildren to a Pothole Pictures tradition – our collection of classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote and friends are back on the big screen Caution – good times ahead! Voices: Mel Blanc 1940s-60s Director: Chuck Jones and others.
Color 78 min Unrated

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday: Whistlestop – fiddle, guitar, and banjo
Saturday: Beach Honey – acoustic rock

March 16 & 17 at 8:00pm
Meet the Author! — MY MEXICAN SHIVAH
Pass the Kosher enchiladas! The patriarch of a Mexican Jewish family dies unexpectedly (while a mariachi band plays klezmer music!) and his relatives spend the next week observing Shivah, the Jewish mourning and condolence ritual. The week is anything but boring. Ilan Stavans, an Amherst College professor who wrote the story on which the movie is based, will discuss the film at the showing on March 17. Blanca Guerra, Martha Roth
Director: Alejandro Springall
2007 Color 98 min Unrated

Presented as a part of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival

Live music on stage 7:30-8pm

Friday & Saturday: Wholesale Klezmer Band

March 23 & 24 at 7:30pm
Anna and the King of Siam, with Music! — THE KING AND I
The King and I is a wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein opus listed as one of the best musicals of all time by the American Film Institute. Yul Brynner, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor by reprising his Broadway role as the King of Siam, is joined by Deborah Kerr, who plays Anna beautifully. Shall we dance? Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno Director: Walter Lang
1956 Color 133 min Rated G

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday & Saturday: Richard Moulding – piano rags

April 6 & 7 at 7:30pm
A Young Girl’s Amazing True Story — THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
In this documentary, Aisholpan, a thirteen-year-old Mongolian girl, is given the opportunity to become an Eagle Huntress. That is, to capture a wild eagle and train it to hunt — the first woman to do so in twelve generations. Daisy Ridley (the Star Wars actress) was so taken with an early version of this film that she signed on as narrator and executive producer. Come early on Saturday, meet a real live eagle and learn about falconry up close! Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Rhs Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley (Narrator) Director: Otto Bell 2016 Color 87 min Rated G

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday: Jim Eagan – solo guitar and vocals, originals and covers
Saturday: Tom Ricardi – Local raptor expert with live eagle!

April 20 & 21 at 7:30pm
Tina Fey Smokes The Queen Bees — MEAN GIRLS
Mean Girls is a high school movie with a difference. The film is based on a nonfiction study called Queen Bees and Wannabes, about the “Realities of Adolescence.” In a Tina Fey’ script, the book’s sociological insights are turned into a brilliant and hilarious comedy. Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady, who slyly battles the school’s ruling female clique, the Plastics. One review called Mean Girls “Clueless meets Heathers.” You’ll call it a great night at the movies. Lindsay Lohan, Rachel MacAdams. Director: Mark Waters 2014 Color 97 min PG-13

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday: Orlen, Gabriel and Avery – Americana trio, guitar, dobro & voices
Saturday: TBA

May 4 & 5
Pothole Pictures Special Weekend — DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME
Friday and Saturday May 4 and 5, Pothole Pictures will host the highly acclaimed and award winning documentary film Dawson City: Frozen Time. This innovative film edited from partially decaying found celluloid film is on over 75 lists of the best films of 2017, including: New York Times, New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post.

On Friday, May 4th, come meet director, Bill Morrison who will be with us to talk about the film and answer questions. Show starts at 7 with Americana music by Gabriel and Avery
On Saturday, May 5th our Music Before the Movies will begin a half hour early at 6:30 with a special 1 hour concert by local jazz great Miro Sprague, graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA.

May 18 & 19 at 7:30pm
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished — THE GREAT MCGINTY
Preston Sturges wrote and directed some of the best comedies ever filmed, and this, his first, reveals his art. Sturges’ script, about a likeable crook’s political rise and fall, won an Academy Award, and the dialogue is still sharp — and funny — today. McGinty is by turns funny and sobering, cynical and upbeat, and always unpredictable and entertaining. Brian Donlevy, Akim Tamiroff Director: Preston Sturges 1940 Black and White 82 min Unrated

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday: Ken Swiatek – singer song writer
Saturday: TBA

June 8 & 9 at 7:30pm
A Compelling Film About an Invisible Disease — UNREST
Jennifer Brea was a Harvard PhD student when she was beset by fever and illness. Her disease left her bedridden and resisted diagnosis. Instead of silently giving in, she turned a camera on herself and her journey to understand her illness. In the process, she found a worldwide community and created this fascinating, inspiring, film, an outstanding combination of storytelling and social commentary. Jennifer Brea, Omar Wasow Director: Jennifer Brea 2017 Color 98 min Unrated

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday & Saturday: Lysha Smith – relaxed electronica