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 6& 7 at 7:30pm
For Riverfest! – BABIES
A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo in this observant and intriguing visual diary. A refreshing absence of narration allows us to simply watch as the infants discover the universe surrounding them. Done with joyful humor and a light touch, the developmental similarities are contrasted by the cultural differences. Sometimes hypnotic, with original music by Bruno Coulais, this is a sweet & adorable “home movie for the human race.” Dir. Thomas Balmes. 2010. Color. PG. 79 min.

Friday at 7pm – Glenn Ceili – Celtic music
Saturday at 7pm – Daniel Hales & the Frost Heaves – indie rock, folk, country

June 20 & 21 at 7:30pm
captivating, heartbreaking drama – JEAN DE FLORETTE
It’s Provence in the 1920s & a poor hunchbacked tax collector (Gerard Depardieu) moves his family to inherited farmland where he dreams of raising vegetables & rabbits. A greedy neighbor (Yves Montand) plots to shatter these dreams by blocking the spring which feeds the land & driving the newcomers away. A merciless, relentless tale of evil & cruelty which portrays the unflinching & possibly fatal optimism of human nature, yet still somehow manages to avoid melodrama & cheap sentiment. Exquisitely filmed lush landscapes & perfect performances all around. One of the most emotionally wrenching film experiences ever. Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu. Dir. Claude Berri. 1986. Color. PG. 122 min. In French with English subtitles.

Friday at 7pm – Ken Swiatek – folk
Saturday at 7pm – Abdul Baki – original piano music

July 18 & 19 at 7:30pm
Perhaps the best-loved film of all time – THE WIZARD OF OZ
A film for all ages – Dorothy’s timeless trip to the wonderful world of Oz courageously brings its big brain and big heart back to our BIG screen – and this cries out to be seen on a BIG screen. Dreamlike visual treats & classic unforgettable songs await any intrepid storm travelers. Red slippers & little dog are not required, but a willingness to let yourself fall in love with this most perfect of all films, for the first time, or fiftieth, is. Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton. Dir. Victor Fleming. 1939. B&W/color. NR.102 min.

Friday at 7pm – Small Change – acoustic swing
Saturday at 7pm – Dick Moulding – rompin’ piano rags

July 25 & 26 at 7:30pm
Refreshingly offbeat romantic comedy – MOONSTRUCK
A woman (Cher) stumbles upon a second chance at marriage as she falls in love with the brother of her fiancé (a hilarious Nicholas Cage), as love, in all sorts of forms, bubbles up for just about everyone in her extended Italian-American Brooklyn family. This infectious gem of a film is full of wonderful performances & memorable scenarios. Poignant, subtle, insightful – & that full moon makes it all semi-magical. Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello. Dir. Norman Jewison. 1987. Color.PG. 102 min.

Friday at 7pm – Co-op Jazz – jazz
Saturday at 7:30pm – Helter Celtic - Irish tunes, funny songs, & something else

August 8 & 9 at 7:30pm
Errol Flynn swashbuckling excitement! – CAPTAIN BLOOD
Take to the high seas for this classic saga about a group of wrongly accused men who escape captivity & become pirates of the Robin Hood variety. Packed with thrilling sea battles, fencing duels, action, adventure, & tempestuous romance in exotic locales, this endures as one of the most fun & entertaining pirate films ever. The first of 8 films Flynn & Olivia deHavilland starred in together. Basil Rathbone. Dir. Michael Curtiz. 1935. B & W. NR. 119 min.

Friday at 7pm – Adela & Jude – American roots
Saturday at 7pm – Leo T. Baldwin – folk rock

August 22 & 23 at 7:30pm
Edgy, intriguing “psychedelic western” – DEAD MAN
Jim Jarmusch’s impressionistic film follows accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) who’s on the run from the law across the wild west. Filmed in gorgeous black & white & accompanied by a haunting soundtrack of Neil Young guitar (as well as clips of Depp reading the poetry of THE William Blake), many consider this Jarmusch’s most exciting & ambitious film. Critic Greil Marcus called it “the best movie of the end of the 20th Century.” The wonderfully eclectic cast includes Robert Mitchum, Crispin Glover, Gabriel Byrne, Iggy Pop, Billy Bob Thornton, & the marvelous Gary Farmer, as the spiritual Native American guide who is convinced Depp is indeed the dead poet Blake. 1996. B & W. R. 121 min.

Friday at 7pm – Xopo & Friends – Balkan music
Saturday at 7pm – Daniel Hales & the frost heaves – indie rock, folk, country

September 5 & 6 at 7:30pm
Filmed right here! – LABOR DAY
Kate Winslet & Josh Brolin are the stars, but audiences here are more apt to applaud the glimpses of the Iron Bridge, Baker’s Pharmacy, Keystone Market, Turners Falls Power Canal, and other familiar sites. Winslet is stellar as a depressed mom who hardly leaves her house.  Brolin is an escaped felon with unexpected talent in the kitchen & as a substitute for her son’s father.  If you enjoy a story of passion untempered by reason, this is for you.  Even if not, it’s worth watching just to see what all those weeks of filming here finally produced.  With Gattlin Griffith as Winslet’s son & extras from all over Western Mass. Dir. Jason Reitman. 2013. Color. PG-13. 111 min.

Friday at 7pm – Patrick Boyd Owens – guitar
Saturday at 7pm – Abdul Baki – original piano music