The Ashland Firehouse Theater, managed and operated by the Ashland Community Theater Foundation (ACT), will open its spring season of Firehouse “Free-for-All” movies on Saturday evening, February 25. The movie, starting at 7:30 PM, will be the 1966 Academy Award Best Picture, A Man for All Seasons. In addition, the winners of The Ashland Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress) will be announced prior to the movie.
The slate of Firehouse movies covers drama, comedy, several family movies, a foreign film, and, for the first time in over 80 years in Ashland, a silent film accompanied by piano! All these Firehouse movies are free to the public. Doors open at 7:00 PM and all the movies will start at 7:30 PM.
These upcoming movies, and the eleven Firehouse films screened last fall, are the consequence of the marvelous support received for the Firehouse Theater from individuals and businesses in the community. The Fall 2011 fund-raising campaign exceeded its goal and enabled ACT to increase the number of free movies. In addition, plans are underway for several civic events aimed at raising funds for charitable causes.
Ragan Phillips, spokesperson for ACT and the Firehouse, noted “Selecting the movies to be screened is quite an interesting task. If you ask five people to select five great movies, you may very well get 25 different films. Everyone has favorites so we try to balance our listings. One goal is to maintain our core value by showing movies that deliver a thought–provoking message.” Phillips continued, “For example, our opening movie is A Man for All Seasons and our final movie is The Caine Mutiny. The main characters in these two movies, Sir Thomas More played by Paul Schofield and Lt. Cdr. Philip Francis Queeg by Humphrey Bogart, have vastly different personalities but, in the end, both are severely judged by a jury. And Judy Holiday as the irrepressible Emmie “Billy” Dawn in our March 3 movie, Born Yesterday, has a lot to say about political lobbying. Judgment, corruption, human values and moral issues; we hope that our movies will serve as a catalyst to encourage thought and dialogue about these matters.”
The family-oriented movies are ET-the Extra Terrestrial on March 10, and The Black Stallion on April 14.The great Tyler Perry movie, Meet the Browns, will be screened on Friday evening, March 16, followed the next evening, St. Patrick’s Day, by the wonderful Irish comedy, Waking Ned Devine. Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr will delight all in The King and I on March 24 and then two great movies, Life is Beautiful and The Miracle Worker, dealing with the resilience of human beings, are scheduled for March 31 and April 7. And with everyone talking about Hollywood’s The Artist the Firehouse will show King Vidor’s classic silent movie from 1928, Show People, on April 21. Hollywood may have the artist…but the Firehouse has a King!
For further information about the Firehouse “Free-for- All” movies or how to create your organization’s civic event, go to AshlandFirehouseTheater.com or contact Ragan Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.