More Than Movies: Business is popping at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock, despite snow

More Than Movies - Margie Young | February 14th, 2017 8:53 am

Not even a nor’easter sweeping up the coast and inland as far as Tunkhannock can make the screens at the Dietrich Theater go dark.

Fifty-seven hardy souls came out in the snowstorm last Thursday to see movies.

During the same week, our first Uncork at the Dietrich film night for the film “La La Land” started a tradition to allow patrons to bring wine to specially announced movies. The next Uncork event will be held during Winter Fest. Stayed tuned.

Two free showings of “A River Runs Through It,” the movie based on the novella by Norman Maclean, brought 119 people to Dietrich last Wednesday. Featured in this year’s Wyoming County Reads: One County, Two Books, Two Movies, this book and movie will be compared at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Tunkhannock Public Library, followed by a discussion of the second book, “Out of Africa.” All are invited to free showings of the movie based on “Out of Africa” at 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Dietrich.

There are so many opportunities to get involved in Wyoming County Reads.

Last call for Winter Fest Opening Night at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Join other friends of the Dietrich for a festive night of good beer and wine by Nimble Hill, cheese and crackers, and popcorn, with the Dietrich’s signature brownie dessert between the movies. Our bakers will bake the brownies – you get to choose what you want to put on top of them. Ice cream or fudge sauce or whipped cream. Or everything! Two movies, “A Man Called Ove” and “Loving,” will be shown.

Truly a night to remember.

After Winter Fest Opening Night, prepare yourselves for a feast of the best recent foreign and independent films in 14 days. “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week” focuses on Feb. 9, 1964, the night they were introduced to America on the Ed Sullivan TV, and the rest is history. “The Eagle Huntress” takes us to the Mongolian countryside and the story of a 13-year-old girl who trains to become an eagle hunter. These are two of the movies I will make sure to see. There are 12 more to take us to new worlds, movies you would have to go to Philadelphia or New York to see, shown right here in Tunkhannock.

The play “Amadeus” by Peter Shaffer tells the story of two musicians, Mozart, the rowdy young prodigy, and Salieri, the conventional composer of his time. Lucien Msamati plays Salieri, who is consumed by jealousy of young Mozart. Salieri even wants God to destroy Mozart. Really special about this performance is the 20-piece orchestra that almost performs as another actor. National Theatre Live of London will bring this play to the Dietrich Theater screen at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 26 and March 12.

A very special afternoon is in store for those who come to the Feb. 26 showing. WVIA’s Larry Vojtko will talk about Mozart and Salieri, providing insight into their music and relationship. There will even be a door prize drawing and WVIA goodies giveaway. We are sure our faithful National Theatre Live followers will be there we hope you will be there, too.

There is so much going on at the Dietrich Theater where you are always welcome and the popcorn is freshly popped just for you.

More Than Movies

Margie Young

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