The Nelson Civic Theatre Society is offering Free Tuesday Movie Night next Tuesday at the Capitol Theatre. It’s an opportunity for members of the community to come out and learn about the challenges and opportunities in re-opening the Nelson Civic Theatre, and to enjoy a film on the big screen. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 7pm.
“It would be great to hold the event at the Civic,” says society president Anne DeGrace. “Of course, that’s not possible — yet. But we’re excited to be able to show a film at our sister theatre, and to give folks a chance to find out what we’ve been up to, and where we hope to go.”
On hand will be NCTS board members to walk people through display material and answer questions, and a short presentation will precede the movie. Iconic usher Josh Wapp will be in full uniform for what promises to be a great night at the movies.
And the movie?
“A heartwarming, quirky classic,” says board member and film enthusiast Jason Asbell. “Cinema Paradiso is a 1988 Italian film that tells the story of a small-town cinema just after World War II, and its place in the community and in the life of a small boy. It’s funny and charming.”
Six-year-old Toto spends every possible moment in Cinema Paradiso, becoming fast friends with the projectionist, Alfredo, a father-figure for the fatherless Toto. The people of the Sicilian village love their cinema and put up with the censorship by the local priest of every romantic kiss—but not without a heavy sigh. Those kisses turn up later—after years that spin a tale of love, loss, and destiny—in a delightfully surprising way.
“It won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, as well as the Special Jury Prize at Cannes,” says Asbell. “It’s the perfect film to show, because it’s a film that touches everyone.”
The society is looking forward to the opportunity to talk more about the project.
“It’s quite an undertaking,” says DeGrace of the work involved in preparing an in-depth feasibility study and comprehensive business plan for reopening the theatre, which is owned by the City. “There is a lot to consider as we weigh operational models against the challenges of the building itself.”
It’s also a great opportunity—one that the community appears to embrace.
“We’re well past our initial goal of 500 members, and the numbers are still growing. It’s a great vote of confidence, and it says clearly that people want to see their movie theatre back,” says DeGrace.
Memberships will be on sale at the Capitol on September 18, but it’s not necessary to be a member to come out and enjoy the film. Memberships are also available at Otter Books, Baker Street Menswear, at the Civic Theatre booth around town, and online at www.civictheatre.ca.