Dietrich Theater movie event to exploring cave survival during holocaust

For Abington Journal | April 12th, 2016 11:41 am

TUNKHANNOCK — Experienced caver Chris Nicola was one of the first Americans to explore Ukraine’s famous Gypsum Giant cave system in 1993. What he came upon is the subject of the movie “No Place on Earth,” showing at 12 p.m. Friday, April 8; 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at the Dietrich Theater. During the April 13 showing, Nicola himself will introduce the film and entertain questions afterwards.

Tickets for this special movie event are $8.50 each and are available at the ticket booth or by calling 570-996-1500.

Fifty years after the Holocaust, Nicola unexpectedly discovered the cave where 38 Jews hid and lived in caves for almost two years, a very hostile environment for those with no caving experience. He was on assignment for National Geographic’s Adventure magazine when he came upon the “Priest’s Grotto,” and the discovery of items of human habitation. This prompted him to search for the cave survivors over the next 10 years, finding internet sources that led him to six survivors whose stories are featured in the movie “No Place on Earth.”

An extra-added attraction for the evening showing on Wednesday, April 13 with Nicola is that the Dietrich Theater will celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of its reopening on April 13, 2001. Attendees will be invited to stay for a reception after the movie and a celebratory cake.

Cave explorer Chris Nicola. explorer Chris Nicola. Submitted photo

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Information provided by the Dietrich Theater.