Dietrich Theater celebrates summer with mini film festival

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler | July 22nd, 2015 4:55 pm

It’s time for Summer Fest!

This Friday, July 24 the Dietrich will launch its first ever mini film festival in the summer. We are so excited about this new venture, because there are so many great foreign and independent films in the summer months to see but sometimes they get lost with all the blockbusters out there.

Summer Fest will showcase seven remarkable films in seven days. I am especially looking forward to seeing “Love and Mercy,” the story of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys with Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack and Paul Giamatti. One Dietrich patron who has already seen the film said “Love and Mercy” was extraordinary – a movie people will be talking about for a while.

The documentary “Iris,” which is also part of Summer Fest, also looks excellent. This film follows Iris Apfel, a 93-year-old style maven in New York. Her zest for life, style and art looks so inspiring.

I also am looking forward to “5 Flights Up” with Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton. They are two of my favorite stars. “Far From the Madding Crowd,” based on the novel by Thomas Hardy looks gorgeous. “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “In the Name of My Daughter” and “Where Hope Grows” fill out Summer Fest’s slate of movies. For all of the festival films’ show times and synopses, visit

Tickets are available for our opening night event at 6 p.m. Friday, July 24. Come out for an evening of popcorn, wine, beer, two great films, and the quintessential summer dessert — strawberry shortcake. That evening we will feature “5 Flights Up”and “Far From the Madding Crowd.” Tickets are $25 each and can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500. We would like to thank Peoples Security Bank and Trust for sponsoring our first ever Summer Fest.

For those interested in live entertainment, the Dietrich will host Open Mic Night this Friday, July 24. Musicians, storytellers, poets, comedians and other performers are invited to share their talents on the Dietrich stage. The open mic portion of the evening will start at 7 p.m. and will be followed by featured musical duo Skip Monday. Songwriter Kaylin Karr takes care of the guitar work and mesmerizes with her stunning vocals and Nathan Montella provides the percussion magic and backbeat to light up her music. Admission is free. Seating and sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the theater.

The following week the Dietrich will host Pottery for Kids Camp. In these classes, students will learn a variety of techniques to create pottery, including coiling, pinching and slab construction. Students will also learn how to use a potter’s wheel and will be encouraged to apply their own creativity as they develop hand-building skills. At week’s end, they will have created various functional and sculptural objects.

There are still a few spaces available in Pottery for Kids which will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31. Admission is $60 for the week and all materials are provided.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

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