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.

 

May 29 & 30 at 7:30pm
Filmed in Shelburne Falls! – THE JUDGE
If you missed a handshake with Robert Downey Jr. or working as an extra, this is a close second-best: seeing panoramic views of the Iron Bridge & gorgeous Franklin County scenery in this heartfelt, compelling story – part mystery, part courtroom drama, part sprawling family tear-jerker. Big-City lawyer Downey has to return to his hometown to defend his father (Robert Duvall), the town judge who is accused of murder. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Billy Bob Thornton. Dir. David Dobkin. 2014.Color. R.141 min.

Friday at 7pm – Ken Swiatek – singer/songwriter
Saturday at 7pm – Small Change – acoustic swing

June 5 & 6 at 7:30pm
for Riverfest – a “fantastic” Roald Dahl film! – FANTASTIC MR.FOX
Stop-motion animated film with picture book look starring the voices of George Clooney & Meryl Streep as roguish Mr. Fox and the upright Mrs. Fox who insists he mend his chicken-stealing ways.  Based on children’s book by Dahl, who also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Matilda, each made into a wonderful movie.  A sharp, witty adventure story, a pure delight & a feast for the eyes for kids as well as adults. Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray. Dir. Wes Anderson. 2009. Color. PG. 86 min.

Friday at 7pm – Ken Swiatek – singer/songwriter
Saturday at 7pm – Co-op Jazz – jazz

June 26 & 27 at 7:30pm
a LIVE multi-media presentation – THE GOLDEN AGE OF SHELBURNE FALLS MOVIE THEATERS*
During the Golden Age of Hollywood, movie theaters played an important role in communities across America, delivering a wide array of film entertainment & enriching people’s lives.  The Shelburne Falls area had 3 theaters which did just that: The Memorial Theatre, the Buckland Theatre, and Mohawk Trail Drive-in.  This special program will offer a digital virtual tour of Memorial Hall’s original interior which existed from 1898 to its disastrous fire in the late 1920s, a look at the architectural features of the Memorial Hall building we are familiar with today, a brief look at the Buckland Theatre, and a digital virtual tour of the Mohawk Drive-in.  An original “live documentary” not available on home video nor on the web!
*Film historian & PotPix projectionist Jonathan A. Boschen will be our guide on this virtual tour

Friday at 7pm – Jim Eagan – solo guitar & vocals
Saturday at 7pm – Whistlestop – fiddle & banjo

July 17 & 18 at 7:30pm
Marilyn musical-comedy magic – GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
Marilyn Monroe is at it again as millionaire-marrying Lorelei Lee. Together with her showgirl sidekick (Jane Russell), the “two little girls from Little Rock” cross the ocean to Paris in search of Mr. Right or his bank account. Miss-adventure ensues. “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” until your best girlfriend comes to the rescue. Dated 50s sexism or sly sisterly subversion? You decide – could be both. Either way, this bombshell song & dance comedy duo delivers a delightful summer musical escape. Dir. Howard Hawks. 1953. Color. NR. 91 min.

Friday at 7pm – Wayne Smith – solo cello
Saturday at 7pm – Dick Moulding – ragtime piano

July 24 & 25 at 7:30pm
Coen Bros. musical adventure comedy – O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU
A stellar Grammy-winning roots soundtrack, eccentric characters, jail breaks, bank robberies, hidden treasure, hair goop obsession & men turning into frogs – it’s all here in this modern epic set in 1937 rural Mississippi & loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey. 3 escaped convicts inadvertently become a singing sensation. Hilarious, endearing, & quirky. Sirens, anybody? George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Holly Hunter, Charles Durning, John Goodman. Dir. Joel Coen. 2000. Color. PG-13. 107 min.

Friday & Saturday at 7pm – Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves – unique covers of songs from the O Brother soundtrack

August 7 & 8 at 7:30pm
Meet the directors! – BRIDGE OF NAMES*
Filmed all over the Valley including Shelburne Falls, Turners Falls & Lake Pleasant, a romantic adventure with a metaphysical twist. Kicked out of his house & looking for something to believe in, a lost punk rocker meets a visionary preacher in a strange little town in the woods. He falls in love with the preacher’s beautiful (& underage) female disciple. This is where his troubles begin.  Winner of Best Feature at Long Island Film Fest. Court Dorsey, Rachel Zeiger-Haag, Jeannine Haas, Robert Postrozny, Rip Torn. Dir. Liz Foley & Peter Hobbs. 2011. Color. NR. 100min.
*Directors Liz Foley & Peter Hobbs, and others, will be at both shows to discuss the film.

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

August 21 & 22 at 7:30pm
Offbeat, beguiling documentary – SHERMAN’S MARCH
Ross McElwee’s groundbreaking, wry, idiosyncratic doc sets out to tell the story of the lingering effects of General Sherman’s march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but McElwee, fresh off a tough romantic breakup, is continually sidetracked by his personal obsessions – recurring dreams of nuclear holocaust, the mystique of Southern Womanhood, & Burt Reynolds. This depressed, hapless “Southern Woody Allen” somehow produces a rich, original, very funny film & successfully connects the original Sherman’s March with his own lonely quest. 1986. Color. NR. 157 min.

Friday & Saturday at 7pm – Lysha – relaxed electronica

September 11 & 12 at 7:30pm
Truffaut’s film lover’s film about filmmaking – DAY FOR NIGHT
The title refers to the movie trick of making day appear to be night & this fun, funny, ensemble piece tackles the technical & personal struggles involved in creating filmed reality. Not only a classic behind the scenes tale of movie making, but a touching and endearing film about life, love & triumph over adversity. Some call it director Francois Truffaut’s best film. Jaqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Aumont. 1973. Color. PG.115 Min.

Friday at 7pm – Rick Murnane – singer/songwriter
Saturday at 7:30pm – Annie & Jason – pop duo