More than the movies

First Posted: 8/11/2014

Believe it or not, the Dietrich’s Fall Film Festival is a little more than a month away. This year our film bookers Hildy, Ronnie and Jeffrey have a real treat for us – 25 films in 21 days! “Why?” You might be asking. Well, there were just too many good films to choose from. What a good problem to have, right? They also added more show times. Movies will begin at noon each day, and the festival will run from Friday, Sept. 19 through Oct. 9.

Of course, the festival will kick off in traditional fashion with an Oktoberfest themed Opening Night Gala. The features for the Opening Night are “Magic in the Moonlight,” starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone and “The Trip to Italy,” a comedy about two friends and their culinary road trip through Italy. Both films look charming. The evening will also include hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and desserts. Tickets are $35 each. Reservations can be made by calling the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

In addition to Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” and “The Trip to Italy,” the festival will include the movies “Alive Inside,” “Begin Again,” “Belle,” “Boyhood,” “Calvary,” “Chef,” “Citizen Koch,” “Fed Up,” “Finding Vivian Maier,” “The Grand Seduction,” “Ida,” “The Immigrant,” “Land Ho!,” “‘Le Chef,” “Life Itself,” “A Most Wanted Man,” “On My Way,” “The Railway Man,” “Redwood Highway,” “Violette,” “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago,” “Words and Pictures” and “Yves Saint Laurent.”

For more information about these films or for show times during festival, visit

Before festival begins, the Dietrich has a line up of live entertainment, starting this month. The 13th Annual Gathering of Singers and Songwriters will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Join us for an evening featuring some of the greatest folk musicians in our region. Organized by Lorne Clarke, this concert will showcase music by Lorne Clarke, Tom Flannery, Lara Herscovitch and KJ Reimensynder-Wagner. This is one of our favorite nights of the year at the Dietrich. Admission is free and donations are accepted. Tickets are available by calling the theater or at the door.

Acclaimed bluegrass group Hickory Project will be back at the Dietrich this month at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24. Come out for an afternoon of acoustic music with Anthony Hannigan on mandolin, Dave Cavage on banjo, Steve Belcher on bass, Craig Vance on guitar and Jillian Hannigan on flute. Admission to the concert is also free and donations will be accepted.

There will also be musical entertainment during this month’s Open Mic Night. All are invited to be a part of this monthly event at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22. After the open mic portion of the evening where aspiring poets, singers, storytellers and other performers are invited to take the stage, local singer/songwriter Corky Staats will perform his original music reminiscent of James Tayor and Neil Young. Admission is free and doors open for seating and sign-ups at 6:30 p.m.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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