Not since “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” showed at the Dietrich Theater in 2002 has there been such a buzz about a movie! For the last two months, the phones at the Dietrich Theater have been ringing off the hook with calls about the Martin Scorsese film “The Irishman.”
Yes, “The Irishman” is opening at the Dietrich Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and running at least through Dec. 12. And it is all because of you! You asked for it, we told our movie buyer we had to get it, and it will soon be on our screen. Tickets are now available online or at the ticket booth.
Why is there such hype about this film, right here in northeastern Pennsylvania? Well, Russell Bufalino, one of the main characters in the movie, is buried in Forty Fort. This Mafioso lived and operated right here in NEPA. It is our history come to life in this star-studded new film.
The Bufalino family controlled organized crime activities in Pittston, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. In the early 1920s, Bufalino started working with Joseph Barbara, a young upstate New York bootlegger and soon became an under boss. Bufalino moved to Kingston, a central location that let him supervise family operations.
The film stars Robert De Niro as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa and Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino. You can’t get better than that. Based on the 2004 book “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt, the film follows Frank Sheeran, a truck driver who becomes a hitman and gets involved with mobster Russell Bufalino and his crime family, recounting his alleged jobs, including his time working for Jimmy Hoffa, a powerful Teamster tied to organized crime.
Coming up is a special event for the whole family. One of our favorite naturalists, Rick Koval, returns to the Dietrich Theater on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. for a free presentation of Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania. After his presentation, you will have a chance to meet and greet some of these creatures up close and personal. Reserve tickets by calling 570-996-1500. Tickets will be available at the door as long as they last. The PowerPoint program will illustrate many species of frogs, turtles, salamanders, lizards and snakes, including rarities such as timber rattlesnakes, eastern worm snakes and hellbenders, all of which reside in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This program is sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation.
And just in time for the holidays, Toni Hockman, jewelry artist extraordinaire, is offering a Christmas Earring Make and Take from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9. Just $10 to make Christmas-themed earrings for yourself or for holiday giving. All materials are provided. Toni is a marvelous teacher and we promise you will have fun. All proceeds will support children’s programming at the Dietrich Theater.
There is always something exciting going on at the Dietrich. We listen to you when you tell us what you want to see on our screen or what you would like to learn. We really do. We do it all for you..