OLD CINEMA COMES BACK TO LIFE AT OLDCASTLE THEATRE
Lights! Camera! Action! For the first time in decades, the Oldcastle Theatre is bringing movies back to Main Street in Bennington, Vermont. Every Thursday at 7 pm Oldcastle is hosting classic movie nights on their newly installed movie equipment and it’s all only $5 per person...
When asked about their goal for Movie Night Erika Floriani, Director of Operations and Marketing stated, “Oldcastle’s goal is to show classic and independent films in our downtown location at an irresistible price and to attract people to downtown Bennington after dark. This hopefully, in turn, helps downtown businesses with their own businesses by having more people downtown after 5pm. As Bennington works to market itself as a destination for people outside of the area, we want downtown to show that there are things happening throughout the day and on into the night time. We also want to introduce Oldcastle to people who may not attend summer theatre. We want more people to see what else Oldcastle has to offer in entertainment outside of it's regular Professional Theatre Season”.
Oldcastle also offers light snacks at a suggested donation price of $1 along with bottled water. Alcohol is not served on the premises.
What’s also great about this project is that you, the movie-goer, can make suggestions on what movies they show, “People can always let us know through FB, Twitter, our website, by calling or by letting the staff know when they see a show, what they would like to see on our 19 ft. state of the art screen, and high definition movie equipment,” continues Floriani.
This Thursday is the last in the inaugural first "season" of movies featured at the Theatre. MASH, the featured film of the night, is a 1970 American satirical black comedy war film directed by Robert Altman based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The film depicts a unit of medical personnel stationed at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War; the subtext is about the Vietnam War. It stars Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt, and Elliott Gould, with Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, René Auberjonois, Gary Burghoff, Roger Bowen, Michael Murphy, and in his film debut, professional football player Fred Williamson.
The film won Grand Prix du Festival International du Film, later named Palme d'Or, at 1970 Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to receive five Academy Award nominations. and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. MASH was deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. The film inspired the popular and critically acclaimed television series M*A*S*H, which ran from 1972 to 1983.
The movie experience is so unique as the theatre holds such a warm and close feel for viewing. With a price of $5 a ticket, the new spot to be on Thursday night is at the movies in downtown Bennington.