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 Jim Kessler at (413) 625-8181.

September 27 & 28 at 7:30 PM
Banksy Strikes Again — Exit Through The Gift Shop


Los Angeles amateur film maker Thierry Guetta set out to film street artists at work, including Banksy, who was world famous even before he sold one of his works for $1.4 million (which immediately shredded itself!) Banksy eventually took over Guetta’s footage and turned it into this very highly rated film. Like Banksy’s other art, this film is brilliant, entertaining and thought-provoking. Banksy, Shepard Fairey and other street artists.
2010. Director: Banksy. Color. 87 min. R

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday: Whistle Stop—old time music
Saturday: Forest Avenue—traditional

October 4 & 5 at 7:30 PM
Bridge of Flowers 90th Anniversary — Five Seasons


For this special event, Pothole Pix is helping to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the (World Famous) Shelburne Falls Bridge of Flowers with a film about garden designer Piet Oudolf, whose US work is on New York’s High Line and in Chicago’s Millennium Park. To help celebrate, we will pass the hat for the Bridge, plus: a photo show!

Meet the film’s Director on Friday! Guest gardeners on Saturday!

2017. Director: Thomas Piper. Color. 75 min. Unrated.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday: Dave Dershom
Saturday: Ashfield Folk Music Open Sessions — celtic

October 18 & 19 at 7:30 PM
California Dreamin’ — MONTEREY POP

All about the music, and the music is pretty incredible: Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Mamas and the Papas, The Who, Jim Hendrix and more, all under the California sun. Filmed by D. A. Pennebaker, who died this year and who made the Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back. Also stars Simon and Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, Canned Heat, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Country Joe and the Fish.
1968. Director: D. A. Pennebaker. Color. 78 min. Unrated.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday & Saturday: Arctic Moth Studios — 60s Electronic

November 1 & 2 at 7:30 PM
She Was Only a Dream — LAURA

A classic murder mystery and film noir, Laura is one of the best Hollywood films of the 1940s and a stylish showcase for Gene Tierney’s and Dana Andrews’ looks, Clifton Webb’s acting and the iconic title song. Ranked as one of the ten best films of all time in the “Mystery” genre by the American Film Institute, and included on Roger Ebert’s list of “Great Movies.” 1944. Also starring Vincent Price & Judith Anderson. Director: Otto Preminger.
B/W. 88 min. Not rated.

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday: Coop Jazz – cool jazz
Saturday: James Smith — blues and such

November 15 & 16 at 7:30 PM
Special Event! — THE LIVES OF OTHERS

An agent of the East German secret police spies on a playwright and his lover, and changes their lives—and his own. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and many other awards. One of the 100 top-rated movies of the 21st century on IMDB. Stay after for a panel discussion with area residents who lived under Soviet-controlled police states behind the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe. Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch.
2006 Director: Florian von Donnersmarck. Color. 137 min. R

Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday & Saturday: Kensington Quartet — classical

December 6 & 7 at 7:30 PM
The Original and the Best — HAIRSPRAY

John Waters’ best and most accessible film. Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake), is a zaftig, wonderfully appealing teenager determined to make the teenage cast of Baltimore’s TV dance show. Along the way, we get: entertaining lessons about integration and social acceptance; some wonderful cameos (Debby Harry! Sonny Bono! Pia Zadora!); a great performance by Divine; and an unforgettable soundtrack of early 60s popular music. This is the original film: NOT the 2007 remake or the 2016 live TV musical. Ricki Lake, Divine, Jerry Stiller.
1988. Director: John Waters. Color. 92 min. PG.


Live music on stage 7-7:30pm
Friday: Sue Kranz – singer-songwriter
Saturday: The Frost Heaves & Hales — eclectic

December 13 & 14 at 7:30 PM
Hitchcock! Doris Day! — THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Hank and Josephine McKenna take their son on vacation in Marrakesh. What could go wrong? Since this is an Alfred Hitchcock movie, the answer is: “Everything.” Jimmy Stewart plays up to his usual high standard, and Doris Day, venturing outside of her usual roles, is equally good. The film has some immortal set pieces, including Doris singing Que Sera Sera (twice!), and a remarkable scene in London’s Albert Hall. Not as consistent (or terrifying) as some other Hitchcock films, but always entertaining. Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day.
1956. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Color. 120 min. PG


Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday: Small Change — acoustic swing
Saturday: Dan Lederer — blues & celtic

January 17 & 18 at 7:30 PM
That’s Entertainment! — THE BAND WAGON

The New York Times said it might be “One of the best musical films ever made,” and the New York Post called it better than Singin’ in the Rain. Even if you disagree, you’ll have a marvelous time watching Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse dancing up the usual storm. With a snappy script by Comden & Green and assured direction by Vincente Minelli, this film lives up to its own great song: That’s Entertainment. Also stars Oscar Levant & Nanette Fabray. 1953. Director: Vincente Minelli. Color. Not rated.


Live music on stage 7-7:30pm

Friday & Saturday: Dick Moulding – piano rags