‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘Joy,’ ‘Treasure Island’ usher the Dietrich Theater into 2016


More Than Movies - Erica Rogler



I can’t believe the new year is almost here. We at the Dietrich Theater are hoping you and yours are having a joyous holiday season. And if you have some time, stop by the Dietrich for one of our great movies.

I saw “Star Wars” already and if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. The film beats all the hype that led up to the movie’s release, which says a lot. J.J. Abrams did a superb job of maintaining the character and heart of the original three Star Wars movies in “The Force Awakens,” while modernizing it enough to make it work for today. It was so good, I plan to see it again.

I also hope to fit in “Joy” over the holidays. I can’t wait to see Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence again on the big screen. I loved them in “Silver Linings Playbook” and when you add Robert DeNiro to the mix, I don’t think it can get much better.

In addition to movies, this weekend the Dietrich will bring back National Theatre Live on screen with Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” I am looking forward to seeing this classic brought to life with a few twists. Stevenson wrote the book as a boy’s adventure story, however in this production that was adapted by a woman, the lead is a girl therefore opening up this tale to boys and girls alike. In fact, some of the pirates in the show are women, because, well, there were women pirates long ago.

Join us at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3 for “Treasure Island,” or if you can’t make it then, we will be screening it again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17. It’s great for children and adults and we hope to see lots of families in our audience because theatre is one of those art forms that really is so great for kids to experience. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and members and $10 for students and children. Group tickets are also $10 each for groups of 10 people or more.

For more information or tickets for “Treasure Island,” call us at 570-996-1500.

We will also bring back Fine Wine, Fine Art for adults in the new year. If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your friends after the hubbub of the holiday dies down, this workshop is a great opportunity to visit and get your creative juices flowing. The first class in 2016 will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. Instructor Steve Colley will show you painting techniques as you create your own masterpiece. Admission is $25 and includes materials and instruction. Students must be 21 or older and ID is required. You are welcome to bring wine and snacks to share. To sign up, call the theater at 570-996-1500.

We will also offer a Fine Art Fridays for Kids in January. Starting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 15, you will have the chance to give your children a creative art exploration while you go out for dinner, shop or just enjoy adult company. During this first session, students will experience Drawing and Painting. We guarantee that children and parents alike will thoroughly enjoy the evening. Admission is $20. Space is limited. Call us to sign up today.

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

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More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or news@theabingtonjournal.com.

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or news@theabingtonjournal.com.

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