More than the movies

First Posted: 9/19/2014

Have you had a chance to take in any Dietrich Theater film festival movies yet? What was your favorite so far? With 25 films, there are so many to choose from. I’m really excited about the extra week of festival – more time to see more films. I still want to see “Land Ho!” “Yves Saint Laurent,” “Boyhood,” “Calvary,” “The Railway Man,” “Chef,” “Ida” and “Redwood Highway.”

For a full listing of all of our film festival movies and showtimes, visit And be sure to join us at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10 at the Dietrich for a Post-Festival Discussion where we can share our thoughts about the festival movies and ask questions.

In addition to the festival, the Dietrich will present live entertainment at 7 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 26 with another installment of Open Mic Night, a free event. We invite musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and other types of performers of all ages and abilities to take the Dietrich stage and share their talents. Last month, a ventriloquist, a classical pianist and several guitarists and singers took this stage.

Open Mic Night will be hosted by Angelo Marzzelli and the featured performer for the evening will be singer/songwriter Wolf Critton. Wolf performed at Open Mic this past winter and is such a talented artist.

Then on Saturday, Sept. 27 the Dietrich will offer a variety of workshops for kids. Rand Whipple and his staff of Box of Light Studios invites children ages 7-14 to participate in a LEGO Build and Film Event from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event includes a one-hour building challenge followed by one hour of creating LEGO movies. Sounds like fun, right? Admission is $15 per child. Space is limited.

We will also offer a Claymation for Kids class from 1:3o to 3 p.m. that day with Whipple. Students will learn how to design a set, create a storyline and shoot and edit their own claymation movie. Admission is $15.

The theater will offer a Robotics class from 1:30 to 3 p.m. that day, as well. In this workshop, children will learn to build and program robots. Students will make a machine that moves, sees, feels and even talks. Admission is $15. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to sign up for any of these offerings.

The theater will be busy for Airing of the Quilts in Tunkhannock Saturday, Oct. 4. It’s an absolutely gorgeous day in Tunkhannock. At the Dietrich, we will host a presentation with Kathy Hall, Director of Design for Andover Fabrics and Curator of the Downton Abbey Fabric Collection. During this talk, she will share her story of creating the Downton collection. Audience members will see slides of her visit to England and High Tower Castle and learn how the fabrics were selected from hundreds of period documents.

Attendees will also get a sneak peek of the next Downton Abbey Collection due out in November. Space is limited. Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased by calling 570-996-1500.

The Dietrich’s Fundraising Committee will sell beautifully-painted pumpkins, baked goods, scarecrows and chances to win three quilts on Airing of the Quilts. All proceeds will support children’s programming at the theater. While you are at the Dietrich, be sure to also stop by the Earnshaw Gallery to see “Our Quilting Community” exhibit.

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

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