Finally! As I am writing this there is less than one week to go until the opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much excitement and anticipation for a film in my lifetime.
At the Dietrich, our staff is dressing up as characters from the film for the premiere. Parents are coming in to buy pre-sale tickets for the entire family. Teens are coming into to buy tickets for their friends. It’s a phenomenon that seems to appeal to all generations. In preparation of the opening, my husband and I have re-watched the original three Star Wars movies at home, and have reminisced about the Star Wars action figures we had as kids.
We can’t wait to see Leia and Hans on the big screen. Do you have fond Star Wars memories, too? Be sure to check out this latest installment at your favorite movie theater – the Dietrich.
If Star Wars is not your thing, we will also open “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” for kids and the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy “Sisters” for adults this weekend. Then, on Christmas Day, the Dietrich will bring in “Joy” with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. You can’t beat that lineup – there is something definitely for everyone.
The Dietrich will also present its annual Holiday Camp during the week between Christmas and New Years. From 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 28, 29 and 30, the theater’s artists-in-residence Steve and Amy Colley will help get your young budding artists’ creative juices flowing as they teach them about drawing, painting, pottery and sculpture. This class is geared for children ages 5 to 12 and admission is $30. Space is limited so be sure to sign up today by calling 570-996-1500. It would make a fantastic Christmas gift.
Speaking of Christmas gifts, the Dietrich has movie gift bags and poppers available for purchase for everyone on your holiday gift-giving list. They make great gifts for employees, teachers, teens, families, those easy to shop for and those difficult to shop for. We also have gift cards available for tickets and concession — something new this year. Pick them up at the theater or at dietrichtheater.com.
Looking to the new year, if you have your 2016 calendar already, save the dates for the next National Theatre Live performances on screen at the Dietrich. We will show “Treasure Island” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3 and 17. This production is great for both kids and adults. Join us for this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny. Full of pirates, treasure and adventure, this production has a twist in that Jim, the main character is a girl, making this production perfect for girls and boys alike. And the set is spectacular – a pirate’s ship. These productions are Broadway quality but you don’t have to make the trip to New York or pay Broadway ticket prices. For more information or to reserve tickets, call us at 570-996-1500. Tickets will also be available at the door as long as they last.
Oh, and if you have some down time after the holidays, we encourage you to join us in reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee for 2016’s Wyoming County Reads project. Books will be available to borrow from the Tunkhannock Public Library and book discussions will start on Wednesdays in February. Stay tuned for more information.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!