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 8 & 9 at 7:30pm
Meet the directors! — FARMER OF THE YEAR

When Plainfield residents Vince O’Connell and Kathy Swanson sold their business in Northampton, they did the obvious thing — and became filmmakers.  This is their award-winning first feature, about an aging farmer and his granddaughter who take a cross-country road trip. Their adventures yield humor, emotion and insights about family, aging and transitions.  Meet Vince and Kathy at both showings!.   2018. Barry Corbin, Terry Kiser, Mackinlee Waddell.
Directors: Vince O’Connell and Kathy Swanson. Color. 103 min. Not Rated.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday: Whistlestop —  Old-timey music
Saturday: Pat & Tex — Local favorites

March 22 & 23 at 7:30pm
Welcome to New York! — THE VISITOR

A widowed and lonely college professor finds two illegal immigrants living in his New York apartment.  Their unexpected encounter leads to friendship, the professor’s reawakening and some drumming.  Richard Jenkins’ performance won him an Oscar nomination, and the film received numerous other nominations and awards.  A sincere and touching drama.  Also stars Haaz Sleiman, Danai Guieira and Hiam Abbass. Director: Tom McCarthy. Color. 104 min. PG-13.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday & Saturday:
Corey Walters – traditional dance music from England, France & Sweden

April 5 & 6 at 7:30pm

Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
& PotPix Present 

A young, liberal-minded Jewish woman in Antwerp becomes the nanny for an orthodox Chasidic family with a handicapped child and comes to terms with her own difficult past.  The accomplished cast includes Isabella Rossellini (as an orthodox Jewish mother!), Maximillian Schell and Marianne Sagebrecht.  A rare chance to see a film that has had limited distribution in the US.  1998.  Also stars Laura Fraser, Topol and David Bradley. Director: Jeroen Krabbé. Color.100 min. Not Rated.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Corey Walters – traditional dance music from England, France & Sweden
Saturday: TBA

April 12 & 13 at 7:30pm

Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood sing! — PAINT YOUR WAGON

Starring Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood in a musical is very surprising, and so is this film.  An oddball musical about a gold prospector, his “pardner,” and the boom town they help create, it’s not like any Western you have seen. A quirky cult favorite — wrong in so many ways — and a lot of fun.  BTW: Music by Lerner & Loewe, including “They Call the Wind Mariah.” Also stars Harve Presnell and Ray Walston.
1969. Director: Joshua Logan. Color. 164 min. PG-13.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday: Northfield Mount Hermon Chamber Orchestra – String Quartets and Celtic Fiddle tunes
Saturday: James Smith – Blues & such

May 3 & 4 at 7:30pm

One of Cary Grant’s Best Comedies! — THE AWFUL TRUTH

In this classic screwball comedy from the 30s, Cary Grant and Irene Dunne brilliantly play a couple that get divorced for all the wrong reasons.  High jinks ensue, many involving their dog, Mr. Smith, who went on to an even bigger role as Asta in “The Thin Man.” Chosen as one of the “100 Funniest American Movies” and “100 Greatest Love Stories” by AFI and as one of the “50 Greatest Comedies of All Time” by Premiere Magazine. 1937. Also stars Ralph Bellamy.
Director: Leo McCarey. B&W. 90 min. Not Rated.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday & Saturday: Dick Moulding – Ragtime & stride piano on Memorial Hall’s beautiful, old upright

May 17 at 7:30pm
Meet the Film-maker —  4 films by Film Scholar Nick McDonald
May 18 at 7:30pm
Nick McDonald  discusses THE GRAND ILLUSION

A two-for-one weekend with Nick MacDonald, Harvard classmate of local anti-war hero, Randy Kehler.  On Friday, Nick will present four of his “personal truth” short 1970s films (now archived at the Museum of Modern Art) exploring Vietnam, Attica and other topics.  On Saturday, Macdonald, who is the author of In Search of La Grande Illusion (2014, McFarland), will introduce and discuss Grand Illusion, one of the great anti-war films of all time, directed by Jean Renoir, one of the greatest directors of all time.  Set up as a prisoner of war escape movie (later copied by films like “The Great Escape”), Grand Illusion is also a meditation about war and peace, social class, prejudice and friendship.  Jean Gabin, Erich Von Stroheim, Dita Parlo. 1937.
Director: Jean Renoir. B&W. 113 min.  Not Rated.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday: TBA
Saturday: TBA

June 7 & 8 at 7:30pm

Madly brilliant? Brilliantly mad? No, just hilarious! — CADDYSHACK

Harold Ramis’s first effort as a director pays homage, or maybe damage, to the world of golf.  Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield show their comic genius in wildly different ways.  Caddyshack is out of bounds in every possible way.  Don’t miss it, unless it hurts when you laugh.  Also stars Ted Knight, Sarah Holcomb and Michael O’Keefe. 1980.
Director: Harold Ramis. Color. 98 min. Rated R.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday: Lila Goleman – singer/songwriter
Saturday: The Frosty Heaves and Hales – heavy haley music

June 21 & 22 at 7:30pm

Q & A with Local Photographic Artists! — FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

In 2007, John Maloof stumbled upon a cache of 100,000 photographs by a woman, Vivian Maier who worked as a nanny and died in obscurity.  His discovery, and this intriguing documentary, describe his effort to uncover the mysterious life of Vivian Maier, who many regard as one of the greatest street photographers.  Local photographer Robin Young and others will lead a Q & A after each showing.  A photography exhibit of these Franklin County photographers opens at Mocha Mayason Saturday, June 21 at 4 pm. Vivian Maier, John Maloof.  2013.
Directors: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel. Color & B&W. 83 min. Not Rated.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday: TBA
Saturday: The Prestons – Acoustic/electric folk-rock duo