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 (413) 625-2896.


October 24 & 25 at 7:30pm
Meet the director! – NORTHERN BORDERS*
Filmed in nearby VT, a subtly humorous & moving tale of a young boy sent to the farm of his eccentric grandparents where adventures await & long-festering family secrets are revealed. A gentle coming-of-age story, but also an evocative depiction of New England at a crossroads, with electricity just arriving & societal changes afoot. A beautiful visual portrait of 1950s VT – frozen in a special time – with all its wonders of growth, life, love & death. Based on the Howard Frank Mosher novel. Bruce Dern, Genevieve Bujold. Dir. Jay Craven. 2013. Color. NR. 108 min.
*Director Jay Craven (Stranger in the Kingdom, Where the Rivers Flow North) will be at Friday’s show to discuss the film (& share some VT cheese)

Friday at 7pm – Dick Moulding – rock & rags on piano
Saturday at 7pm – String Theory – classical & traditional string quartet

November 14 & 15 at 7:30pm
Spike Lee’s urban fable – DO THE RIGHT THING
It’s the hottest day of the year in Brooklyn’s Bed-Sty & the residents are stressed- Mookie, delivery boy for white-owned Sal’s Pizzeria, has a girlfriend asking him to skip work & be with her, Sal’s racist son Pino is sick of the shop & all its customers, Buggin’ Out is angry that all the faces on Sal’s wall are white, DJ Mister Senor Love Daddy’s peace messages aren’t working, & Radio Raheem blasts Fight the Power on his boom box constantly. It’s all about to explode in this provocative, controversial, & beautifully shot tale of urban tension & racial conflict. Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, John Turturro. Dir. Spike Lee. 1989. Color. R. 120 min.

Friday at 7pm – Ken Swiatek – folk
Saturday at 7pm – Small Change – acoustic swing

December 5 & 6 at 7:30pm
Fab Four’s Finest Film! – A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
Widely considered the most influential music film of all time, a rollicking, comical look at a typical day in the life of John, Paul, George & Ringo, released at the peak of Beatlemania. Called “the Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals” by The Village Voice. Wildly imaginative, visually delightful, joyous, life-affirming & chock-full of great Beatles tunes. Dir. Richard Lester. 1964. B & W. NR. 87 min.

Friday & Saturday at 7pm – Daniel hales and the Frost Heaves – Beatles songs

January 23 & 24 at 7:30pm
Romantic comedy classic – ROMAN HOLIDAY
The luminous Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role as a bored & sheltered princess on a whirlwind tour of Rome with debonair reporter Gregory Peck. Cole Porter songs provide the soundtrack for this fun & picturesque holiday, shot on location, with a surprise ending. Charming, frothy & sweet, this set the standard for the modern rom-com. With Eddie Albert. Dir. William Wyler. 1953. B & W. NR. 118 min.

Friday at 7pm – Mohawk High School Select Chorus – folk, classical, gospel, pop
Saturday at 7pm – The Super 8 Players – unplugged movie soundtracks

February 20 & 21 at 7:30pm
Dark, sweet magical journey – MATILDA
A bright young girl learns self-reliance & develops unusual powers in Roald Dahl’s popular twisted tale of childhood – a black comedy about poor parents, terrible teachers, misunderstood minors & the magic that resides in all of us. Hilarious, touching & charming. Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman. Dir. Danny DeVito. 1996. Color. PG. 93 Min.

Friday & Saturday at 7pm – Jim Eagan – folk & blues

March 6 & 7 at 7:30pm
Superb, intelligent UFO mystery story stands the test of time with special effects that still look cool & suspense that doesn’t let up. Richard Dreyfuss is the humble Everyman who is lucky (or unlucky) enough to witness something strange in the desert sky & becomes obsessed with figuring out what he saw. Soon others join in his obsession & eventually find something truly extraordinary – the first human contact with alien beings. An astonishing achievement filled with awe & wonder. We are showing the seldom-seen Director’s Cut of this film- the version favored by Spielberg, which he completed in 1998. Teri Garr, Francois Truffaut. Dir. Steven Spielberg. 1977. Color. PG. 137 min.

Friday at 7pm – Steve Damon – Name That Tune (movies & TV)
Saturday at 7pm – The Super 8 Players – unplugged movie soundtracks

April 10 & 11 at 7:30pm
Story of local women’s music pioneer – WHEN THINGS GO WRONG: ROBIN LANE’S STORY*
Robin Lane’s musical life began as companion to Neil Young & other rock legends, then as wife to Andy Summers of The Police. Her own singing, songwriting & guitar talents grew & she became a star in 80s Punk/MTV scene with her band The Chartbusters. Distractions of family, drugs, emotional upheaval, religion, & politics made her disappear from the turbulent rock world & then emerge as leader of healing songwriting workshops for trauma survivors (called A Woman’s Voice). This documentary, filled with interviews, archival footage, & original songs, is her story. Dir. Tim Jackson. 2014. Color. NR. 86 min.
* Robin Lane (now a Shelburne Falls resident) & director Tim Jackson will be at Saturday’s show to discuss the film

Friday & Saturday at 7pm – Robin Lane & Friends – Songs from A Woman’s Voice

April 17 at 7:30pm & April 18 at 8:00pm
War’s broken walls – WALTZ WITH BASHIR*
Intense. Personal. Universal. Part truth, part fog of war. Through real world interviews with military veterans, an Israeli soldier struggles to regain his blank memory of the 1982 Lebanon Invasion. With a mix of animation & real footage this film re-creates the surrealism & dis-connect of war as it plays out its collective past in order to find a way towards the truth. Ari Folman, Ori Sivan. Dir. Ari Folman. 2008. Color. R. 87 min.
* Saturday show co-sponsored by Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival

Friday at 7pm – Daniel hales, and the frost heaves – waltzes
Saturday at 7:30pm – Daniel hales, and the frost heaves – waltzes