Pothole Pictures

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.

 

December 2 & 3 at 7:30pm
Meet director Jay Craven! – PETER AND JOHN
Vermont director Jay Craven is a long-time favorite at PotPix & he returns with his new film – a bit of a departure for him – a Merchant/Ivory- like costume drama set in 1872 Nantucket filled with romance, mystery & superb acting. Based on a de Maupassant novel, 2 brothers’ relationship strains when one receives an unexpected inheritance & both become attracted to the same woman. Wonderful cinematography & production design help to evoke moody human emotion & stunning natural beauty of the island. Jacqueline Bisset, Christian Coulson, Shane Patrick Hearns. 2015. Color. NR. 110 min.    

*Director Jay Craven (Where the Rivers Flow North, Northern Borders) will be here both nights to discuss the film

Friday at 7pm – Small Change – acoustic swing
Saturday at 7pm – Radiolaria – songs from beneath the sea

January 13 & 14 at 7:30pm
Just a shot away – TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM
A joyful ode to unheralded background singers of the past 6 decades – anonymous session powerhouses who shape & style hit songs but seldom hit the spotlight. This spry & satisfying documentary includes testimony from stars like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder & Sting & does not shy away from tough truths of the industry – lousy pay, failed solo careers, & hard times on the road. Still it’s an exhilarating expression of the aural alchemy that is created when many individual voices blend together as one. Dir. Morgan Neville. 2013. Color. 91 min.

Friday at 7pm – Dick Moulding – piano rags
Saturday at 7pm – Jim Eagan – solo guitar & vocals

February 10 & 11 at 7:30pm
Droll, intense, wintry Coen Bros classic – FARGO
Suspense, violence, wry comedy & spot-on small-town observations combine with an iconic performance by Frances McDormand as pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson (beware – you may never speak quite the same way again) in “one of the best films I’ve ever seen” (Roger Ebert – & me too). It’s all about a desperate kidnapping scheme hatched by appallingly sociopathic, sad-sack  car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy). A twisted, refreshing, unforgettable, zany & tragic piece of pure noir with a haunting score by Carter Burwell. Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell. 1996. R. Color. 97 min

Friday at 7pm – The Dinner Collective – electronic Fargo music
Saturday at 7pm – Abdul Baki – piano

March 3 & 4 at 7:30pm
Best Australian pig movie ever! – BABE
Delightful family film about an orphaned pig taken in by a quietly eccentric farmer who develops a strong attachment to the little guy. Some melodrama, sure – but mostly charming, witty, inventive, sweet & fun. Oscar-winning special effects combine real animals, animatronic doubles & computer technology. No condescension here – but a film clever enough for adults to love as much as kids. James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski. Narrated by Roscoe Lee Browne. Dir. Chris Noonan. 1995. G. Color. 92 min.

Friday at 7pm – Whistlestop – fiddle, banjo, guitar
Saturday at 7pm – The Old Swanabees – traditional English ceilidh dance music

March 31 at 7:30pm & April 1 at 8pm
Jewish Film Fest! – YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
One of Mel Brooks’ funniest films, a perfectly done, quotable, uproarious parody of old, familiar Frankenstein pictures filled with his aggressive, anarchic & subversive schtick. They’re all here – Transylvanian castles, faithful houseboy Igor, voluptuous lab assistant Inga & mysterious housekeeper Frau Blucher. Done with love, skill, hilarity & respect. Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman. 1974. PG. B&W. 105 min.

*Saturday’s show is part of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival – note 8pm start time

Friday at 7pm – Jim Eagan – solo guitar & vocals
Saturday at 7:30pm – Beach Honey – acoustic rock

April 28 & 29 at 7:30pm
They’re playing LIVE before the film! (sort of) – THIS IS SPINAL TAP
We crank it up to 11 with Rob Reiner’s mock-rock-doc  chronicling the American comeback tour of aging British metal band  Spinal Tap. Created through improvisational rehearsals, with all songs written & performed by the ingenious, talented cast, & featuring spandex, Stonehenge, & spontaneously combusting drummers, its satire is sometimes subtle, sometimes silly & it’s simply one of the most hilarious things ever. Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer. 1984. R. Color. 82 min.

Friday & Saturday at 7pm – Spinal Heaves – LIVE songs from the soundtrack with Big Bottom & Stonehenge set (to scale)