Pothole Pictures

Pothole Pictures 2024 Spring-Summer Film Season

Music at 7 pm—Movies at 7:30
Regular admission movie tickets are sold at the door – cash only:   $6 for adults and $4 for kids under 12.  Special event movies may advertise different prices.
You may purchase discount movie tickets in blocks of 5 tickets by mail only – 5 tickets for $20.  Send cash or check with your mailing address to Pothole Pictures, P.O. Box 368, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

April 5 & 6 Three showings, including Saturday Matinee at 2!

THE PRINCESS BRIDE — Comedy and romance!

The Princess Bride

A cinematic bedtime story with a great script, by the great screenwriter William Goldman, and one of the best supporting casts of any movie ever.  On at least two lists of the greatest comedy films ever, and on AFI’s list of the greatest film love stories ever.   If you’ve never seen it, see it now, and if you have seen it, it’s probably already on your calendar.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%; CinemaScore: A+ . 1987. Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Dir: Rob Reiner  Color 98 Min  PG

Music:
Friday: The Give — Songs of heartbreak, chrome and hospitals. Saturday matinee: j133 Steele — Americana with a twist.
Saturday night: Wild Bill and Friends — Classic and rockin’ country
Friday and Saturday night Music at 7 Movie at 7:30
SATURDAY MATINEE  Music at 2 PM Movie at 2:30


April 19 & 20

HOLIDAY — Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn!
Holiday (1938) - IMDb

The least well-known of the four films Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn made together, but still a classic.  One of Director George Cukor’s best films, it is about self-made man Grant’s run-in with Hepburn’s rich, dysfunctional family — and about true love and happiness.   Rotten Tomatoes: 100%  1938. B/W 95 Min.  Unrated

Music:
Friday: The Cheese Priests — 90s rock covers.
Saturday: Franklin County Two Steppers — Old time music


May 3 & 4

THE THIN BLUE LINE — Ground breaking documentary!

DGA Quarterly Magazine |Winter 2020 | Shot to Remember - The Thin Blue Line

One of the most innovative and influential documentaries of all time, it tells the story of Randall Dale Adams, a hitchhiker falsely accused of killing a police officer.  The New York Times called it a “a brilliant work of pulp fiction,” but it’s not pulp and it’s not fiction.  Instead, as the Christian Science Monitor put it, it’s a “fact-filled study that’s also a full-fledged work of cinema art.” Introduced by new Shelburne Falls resident and independent film-maker, John MacGibbon. 1988. Dir: Errol Morris  101 Min Color

Music:
Friday: Indian ragas — Solo sitar playing ragas.
Saturday: The Uncles — From folk to jazz


May 31 & June 1

LATE SPRING — Special Event ! Q & A with Local Author – Kathe Geist!

CAPFILM: LATE SPRING - Appell Center For The Performing Arts

A great film by the great Japanese director, Yasujiro Ozu. His quiet and subtle film about a father and daughter contending with life transitions – aging and marriage – amid the clash of traditional values and modernity in post-war Japan reveals timeless themes with the cinematic brush strokes of a Japanese brand of realism. Called one of the “Greatest Films of All Time” by the British Film Institute.  Rotten Tomatoes: 100% Stay for  Q & A afterward with local author and Ozu expert Kathe Geist.   1949 Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara  B/W 108 Min  Unrated

Music:
Friday slow Pony — Polk-funk sonic ramblings.
Saturday: Ashley Kramer — Acoustic folk and Americana


June 14 & 15

LOVING VINCENT — Special Event Q & A with producer Nikki Justice!

Loving Vincent' Review: Animated Portrait Captures Van Gogh's Genius

An innovative animated bio of Vincent Van Gogh created from tens of thousands of oil paintings.  This beautiful and captivating film was a sensation when first released in 2017, and we are proud to bring it to Pothole Pictures with a Q & A with one of the film’s local producers, Nikki Justice.  Nomina Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan Dirs: DK and Hugh Welchman PG  94 Min  Color

Music:
Friday: Dave Dersham — Contemporary acoustic troubadour.
Saturday: Leatherleaf — Folk duo with rich harmonies


June 28 & 29

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES — Comedy Classic!

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) - IMDb

A storm strands an adman (Steve Martin) and salesman (John Candy) in Kansas, and they decide to travel to Chicago together.  What could go wrong? The two lead actors and writer/director John Hughes show their genius for comedy, in a buddy/road trip/holiday comedy that deserves its status as a classic.  Roger Ebert called it a Great Movie — a “perfectly cast and soundly constructed” film that “is able to reveal so much heart and truth.” 1987. Dir: John Hughes Color  93 Min  R

Music:
Friday: OverEasy Jazz — Traditional New Orleans jazz.
Saturday: Sam Bergqquist — Solo acoustic singer-songwriter


July 12 & 13

FESTIVAL EXPRESS — Rockin’ the 60s!

Watch Festival Express | Prime Video

A concert tour puts the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy and many others on a train tour across Canada.  The SF Chronicle called it “a backstage pass to the wildest and wooliest ride in the history of the music” The scenes of conversation and jam sessions on the train, including rare footage of Janis Joplin just months before her death, are at least as fascinating as the concert performances.  2003 Dir: Bob Smeaton, Frank Cvitanovich Color 90 Min R

Music:
Friday: Dominic Kutylowski — Americana/folk/country.
Saturday: Farley String Band — Old time fiddle waltzes, jigs and reels


July 26 & 27

TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT — Graham Greene on Screen

Maggie Smith #24 -Travels with my aunt (1972) - Surrender to extravaganza

At his mother’s funeral, banker Henry meets eccentric Aunt Augusta, and wild adventure begins.  This whimsical romantic fantasy travels across Europe as Maggie Smith (playing a woman twice her age) tries to rescue Mr. Visconti, the kidnapped great love of her youth.  You’ll be glad to go along for the ride.  1972. With Alec McCowen, Lou Gosset.  Dir: George Cukor  Color 109 Min PG

Music:
Jeze — Classical duets on oboes.
Saturday: Dick Moulding — Piano treasures from the ragtime era


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.

To sign up for our mailing list and receive the season movie schedule in advance, send your Name and Mailing Address to:

Pothole Pictures, PO Box 368, Shelburne Falls, MA, 01370

For more information, call Jim Kessler at (413) 625-8181.