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.

September 29 & 30 at 7:30pm
A wildly creative and colorful film version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. Roger Ebert called this the best family movie since the “Wizard of Oz.” Charlie is one of five children who wins a golden ticket to tour the mysterious Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory. His prize turns out to be no ordinary factory tour. Gene Wilder’s performance is inexplicable and magical, just like Willy Wonka himself. Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum (as Charlie). 1971 Dir: Mel Stuart Color 100 min G.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday & Saturday: Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves – Originals & songs from Willy Wonka!
Celebrate Mo’s 10th Anniversary Celebration with special Fudge Factor Wonka candies!

On Saturday, go to Mo’s Fudge Factor over the bridge on State Street for cupcakes at 6 pm and join in a Willy Wonka costume parade at 6:30 across the bridge to the theater. Become Willy Wonka, an Oompa-Loompa, Augustus Gloop, or any of the other wild characters from Roald Dahl’s wonderful Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Willie Wonka movie…or just come for the fun!

October 20 & 21 at 7:30pm
Beautiful & timely – – MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE
An intriguing comedy-drama about the Asian community in London during the Thatcher era. “Two young men try to make a laundromat a success” is not a classic film plot, but a great director (Stephen Frears) a great writer (Hanif Kureishi) and some great actors (including Daniel Day-Lewis) make this a classic movie. Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard Graham, Gordon Warnecke. 1985 Dir: Stephen Frears Color 97 min. R.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday: Small Change – acoustic swing

Saturday: Whistlestop – fiddle and banjo
November 3 & 4 at 7:30pm
A small town gem – – LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
Lars, a sweet but delusional young man, finds true love. Unfortunately, his new girlfriend is an inflatable doll. Although the premise is quirky, the film is actually about human kindness, a topic unfortunately missing from too many films. The result was called “deeply satisfying,” (Roger Ebert), “an endearing, intelligent and tender comedy,” (Joe Morgenstern) and “a work of art” (Premiere). Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, R.D. Reid. 2007. Dir: Craig Gillespie. Color 106 min. PG-13.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday: Jim Egan – folk and folk blues

Saturday: Arctic Moth – Electronica and cello
November 10 & 11 at 7:30pm
Meet the Beatle (secretary) – – GOOD OL’ FREDA
An engaging documentary about Freda Kelly, a central, but little known, character in the creation of the Beatles’ legend. Freda was one of the group’s earliest fans in Liverpool and became the head of their official fan club, at first as a volunteer and later as an assistant to the Beatle’s manager-genius, Brian Epstein. Although this film will be a joy to any past or present Beatles fan, and has numerous clips from the Beatles and other British rock bands, it is more about the history of the group (and Freda!) than about the music itself. Freda Kelly, The Beatles, Angie McCartney, Elsie Starkey, Pete Best. Dir: Ryan White Color 2013. 86 min. PG.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday: Molding – piano rags
Saturday: Jim Egan – folk and folk blues