Summer is here, which means it is blockbuster time at the Dietrich Theater. And boy, are there so many great films to choose from, including “Finding Dorie,” “Central Intelligence,” “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Ghostbusters,” to name a few.
While so many of our patrons enjoy these Hollywood hits, some of our moviegoers are looking to see a few of the most acclaimed foreign, independent and art films that have been released over the past few months. That is why the Dietrich offered Summer Fest for the first time last year, and due to its popularity we are bringing it back again. This summer we will be doubling the experience by bringing in 14 films in 14 days. Last year it was seven films in seven days.
We would like to thank our friends at Peoples Security Bank for underwriting Summer Fest. Without their help it would not be possible.
Summer Fest will run from July 15 through 28 and will kick off with an open night event. We invite you to join us on Friday, July 15 for two films: “Love and Friendship,” a comedic period piece based on Jane Austin’s novel, and “Dark Horse,” an inspiring true story about a barmaid and her husband from Wales who buy and breed a race. That evening cheese, crackers, grapes, popcorn and wine and beer will be served prior to the films and then between films there will be a delicious strawberry shortcake dessert.
Tickets are $25 each. You can’t beat that for a fabulous night out, so gather up your friends and make your reservations now. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for tickets.
Other films in Summer Fest include: “Sing Street,” “The Meddler,” “Painting the Modern Garden – From Monet to Matisse,” “Dheepan,” “Francofonia,” “Hello My Name is Doris,” “Eye in the Sky,” “Our Last Tango,” “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” “A Bigger Splash,” “Sweet Bean” and “Dough.”
Brochures for Summer Fest will be available shortly.
Additional movie fun this month will include free showings of “Mamma Mia!” at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. This film event is sponsored by a friend of the Dietrich in memory of the best sister. I can’t wait to see Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfriend back on the big screen for this ABBA musical.
Switching topics to the Dietrich’s offerings that are more than the movies: If you are looking for summer activities for your kids, be sure to check out a variety of digital arts camps offered by Rand Whipple of Box of Light Studios at the end of June. There is still room in the Best Picture Book Camp, Zombie Film Camp, Robotics and Digital Arts Camp. Be sure to visit dietrichtheater.com for more information, or call 570-996-1500 to register.
We also are offering the popular Pottery & Sculpture Camp with Steve Colley at the end of the month. Students ages 5 to 12 will learn how to use a potter’s wheel, as well as sculpting and hand-building techniques.
And don’t forget to join us at the Dietrich for Founder’s Day weekend. There will be Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24. Come out and share music, stories, poetry and more. Our feature performer that evening will be singer/songwriter Patrick Fiore. Then at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, there will be a Historic Tunkhannock presentation, walking tours, strawberry shortcake available for sale, a basket raffle and more. Plus, at 7 p.m. the evening of June 25 in Riverside Park, we encourage you to join us for a free performance of Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” by the Gamut Theatre Group of Harrisburg. All you need to do is bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Then at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, music will fill the theater during Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars Concert. Admission is free.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!