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.
June 9 & 10 at 7:30pm
You’re The One I Want…to sign along to – – GREASE
Grease is the “Original High School Musical”: a hit on Broadway, a hit film with a devoted fan base, and now at Pothole Pictures! Although no one in the film is a very convincing high schooler (Olivia Newton-John was 30), everyone in the cast seems to be having fun, and the audience does as well. We will be showing the sing-along version, with subtitles for every song. Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway. 1978 Dir: Randal Kleiser Color 110 min. PG-13.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday & Saturday: James Smith- blues and such
June 23 & 24 at 7:30pm
Celebrate Fred DeVecca at – – THE GRAPES OF WRATH
Immigrants don’t always come from another country. In “The Grapes of Wrath,” John Ford tells a great story about the “Okies” who traveled from the Oklahoma dust bowl to California, only to suffer miserably in migrant camps. This film builds on the power and authenticity of John Steinbeck’s great novel. Although the film is less political and more sentimental than the book, Steinbeck loved the film and Henry Fonda’s performance, and said that it helped him to “believe my own words.” The American Film Institute has named this as one of the ten most inspiring films of all time. Henry Fonda, John Carradine, Jane Darwell, Russell Simpson. 1940 Dir: John Ford B&W 129 min. Unrated.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday: Coop Jazz – smooth cool jazz
Saturday: Chris Scanlon – folk/rock/pop
July 21 & 22 at 7:30pm
Party on! – WAYNE’S WORLD
Although the “Blues Brothers” has better music, this may be the best film ever made from a “Saturday Night Live” skit. That is a very low bar to go over (or under), but Mike Myers shows in “Wayne’s World” the comic genius that brought his Austin Powers films so much box office success. The scene in which Wayne and Garth bop along to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a classic, and put the song back on the Billboard charts 17 years after it was released in the US. We are not worthy. Mike Meyers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe, Tia Carrerre. 1992 Dir: Penelope Spheeris Color 94 min. PG-13.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday: Small Change – acoustic swing

Saturday – Beach Honey – acoustic rock
August 25 & 26 at 7:30pm
This season’s Indie prize winner – – FROZEN RIVER
A few days before Christmas, near the Canadian border, two down-on-their-luck women turn to smuggling. The smuggling route leads from an Indian reservation across a treacherous frozen river. Melissa Leo’s performance and Courtney Hunt’s direction (of her debut film) resulted in many awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival and being named as one of the ten “Films of the Year” by the American Film Institute. Melissa Leo, Misty Upham. 2008 Dir: Courtney Hunt Color 97 min. R.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday: Ken Swiatek – traditional chestnuts & peace-filled originals

Saturday: Wild Thyme – celtic
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!
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