The Picture House’s ‘open’ season

The Picture House opens to the general public

Who doesn’t yearn for a movie theater experience? The Picture House Regional Film Center (TPH) is offering the next best thing.

The Pelham-based organization has announced that it has opened its popular film club with Marshall Fine to the general public for the first time since 2015 for its online fall season.

“While the closure of the theater has posed many challenges over the past six months, it has also given us the flexibility to open Film Club to a wider audience,” Laura deBuys, The Picture House’s president and executive director said in a statement. “We’ve had a waiting list for Film Club for years. Now we get to welcome some new subscribers. We are so grateful to Meridian Risk Management and PURE Insurance for their steadfast support of Film Club and are looking forward to meeting some new film lovers as we expand access this season.”

Traditionally, a season of film club includes films on six consecutive Wednesdays, generally with an industry guest after the film – and subscribers don’t know what the film will be until they enter the theater. The online format is slightly different. On some weeks, subscribers will watch new films (virtually) together and stay afterwards for a discussion and Q&A. In other weeks, subscribers will watch the films independently and then meet online with the guests.

Fall 2020 Film Club dates are Oct. 14, 21 and 28; and Nov. 4, 11 and 18. A series subscription is $140 for six evenings.

The Picture House relies on ticket sales to cover approximately 50% of its annual budget. With the theater being closed since March 17 and no clear government guidelines being set forth as to how or when to reopen, the organization has had to ask for more philanthropic support than in the past.

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