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 23 & 24 at 7:30pm
This “standard for the modern werewolf movie” toes that fine line between humor & horror as 2 Americans venture into English moors where one is bitten by a wolf with terrifying results. Not only an uproarious spoof but also a pure, full-blooded scary movie with tons of gore, startling makeup & special effects, romance, songs about the moon, in-jokes & the inimitable Frank Oz.  A deserved cult favorite, exquisitely unusual & delightfully apocalyptic. David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne. Dir. John Landis. 1981. Color. R. 97 min.

Friday at 7pm – Ken Swiatek – folksinger/songwriter

Saturday at 7pm – Sue Kranz & Friends – folk fusion

November 6 & 7 at 7:30pm
John Hughes’ teen time-capsule! – THE BREAKFAST CLUB
A risky departure for an 80s teen flick – 5 kids, during day-long detention, sit & talk. Each character is a “type” – the geek, the jock, etc – but each is 3-dimensional & each grows, changes, & displays traits we do not see coming. Poignant, perceptive, endlessly relatable for anyone who’s ever gone to high school, with wonderful performances & dialog that actually sounds like it could come from a teen-ager. Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy. 1985. Color. R. 97 min.

Both nights at 7pm – The Frost Heaves, and Daniel Hales – eclectic acoustic rock

December 4 & 5 at 7:30pm
Influential noir crime story – THE ASPHALT JUNGLE
The blueprint for many caper/heist films (Reservoir Dogs, The Usual Suspects, etc.), a gang led by Sam Jaffe plots the perfect crime & pulls it off, until – of course- everything begins to go horribly wrong.  Superbly structured, gritty, riveting & intense, features outstanding direction (& script) by John Huston, & a perfect cast, including an early appearance by Marilyn Monroe. A crime classic & brilliant entertainment. Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore. 1950. B&W. NR. 112 min.

Friday at 7pm – Citrus & the Fruitbowl – a cappella
Saturday at 7pm – Jim Eagan – folk & blues

January 8 & 9 at 7:30pm
The great American musical! – WEST SIDE STORY
Romeo & Juliet updated to a 1950s NYC youth-gang romance/tragedy with Sharks vs. Jets & some of the most unforgettable songs (Bernstein-Sondheim) & breathtaking choreography (Jerome Robbins) ever put on celluloid. Robust, powerful, moving & exhilarating. Stanley Kauffmann called it “the best film musical ever made.” Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, George Chakiris, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn. Dir. Robbins & Robert Wise. 1961. Color. NR. 151 min.

Friday at 7pm – Abdul Baki – piano
Saturday at 7pm – Chris Scanlon – folk/rock/pop

February 19 & 20 at 7:30pm
Thrilling exploration of reality! – THE MATRIX
A visually kinetic cyber-adventure, a complex study of fantasy vs. reality, & an archetypal “hero’s journey” tale. A computer hacker (Keanu Reeves) discovers his world is an illusion maintained by computers that have taken over the world & he is chosen as “the one” to save humanity. Stunning, intriguing, unforgettable, and – yes – FUN! Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving. Dir. The Wachowski Bros. 1999. Color. R. 136 min.

Come early at 7pm for Lysha Smith’s electronic music & projected visuals – an original piece created especially for this film

March 11 & 12 at 7:30pm
Sufferin’ succotash! An ALMOST all-new cartoon compilation & the return of a PotPix favorite – The BBPPRRDDEFSFFF – The Bugs Bunny Porky Pig Road Runner Daffy Duck Elmer Fudd Shelburne Falls Film Festival.  Frustrated manic mallards, lisping hunters wearing funny hats, elusive sassy wascally wabbits, faulty – possibly litigious – ACME products, & so much more. Your money back if you don’t laugh at least once. Color. G. 80 min.

Friday at 7pm – A Cappellagos – a cappella
Saturday at 7pm – Whistlestop – fiddle/banjo/guitar

April 8 at 7:30pm & April 9 at 8pm
Endearing minimalist tale. – THE BAND’S VISIT*
A disarming film about an Egyptian police band heading to Israel who get lost in the wrong town. Stranded in the desert, they slowly begin to socialize with the locals & a long night of guarded revelations, shared isolation, & tentative tenderness unfolds. A quiet sympathetic story about the loneliness that surrounds us, done with sensitivity, humor & sweetness – but, more than that, a glimpse of 2 “enemies” – Arabs & Israelis – as ordinary people with ordinary hopes, lives, & disappointments. In Hebrew w/English subtitles. Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz. Dir. Eran Kolirin. 2007. Color. PG-13. 87 min.

*Saturday’s show is co-sponsored by The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival

Please note Saturday’s 8pm start time.
Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 7:30pm – Wayne Smith – solo cello

April 22 & 23 at 7:30pm
Hilarious bowling noir! – THE BIG LEBOWSKI*
The Dude (Jeff Bridges) more than abides in this quirky Coen Bros. cult masterpiece called “ a glorious, wonderfully entertaining mess” as “the laziest man in Los Angeles County” is mistaken for a crime big-wig & the complications, & laughs, begin… and never stop. Typically weird Coen characters, oft-quoted lines, & bizarre musical interludes with surreal stylized visuals make this the favorite film of many (admittedly odd & possibly unstable) individuals. John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro. 1998. Color. R. 117 min.

*Come dressed as your favorite character from the film, or in your best bowling shirt, and win FABULOUS prizes (free popcorn, free bowling at Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley, etc).
Get your Virgin White Russians at the refreshment stand!

Friday & Saturday at 7pm – The Frost Heaves, and the Dude abides – unique full-band covers of songs from the Lebowski soundtrack
 (ya think they might play some Creedence?)