Next Week is Packed with Action

We hope that you were able to enjoy a film or two during our Spring Film Series. We’re looking at the new releases of documentaries and art films to pick 10 films for the fall series.
But now I hope to get to one of the last showings of Divergent this week. It’s a science fiction premise that intrigues me.

Then the next week-end brings us TWO films. Both Le Week-End (three days) and The Lunchbox( two days) were first choices for the Cinematheque series as well as the Powell River Film Festival. Due to scheduling problems with the distribution companies, we were not able to see either of these excellent art films earlier in the year. Now the Nelsons are bringing these in for only short runs each. Be sure to see the trailers and come to enjoy.

And do you think of the Patricia as only a movie theatre? Well the old gal is much more than that! At the end of the month you can see 2 wonderful live performances. On the evening of April 30th, come out to see the Vagina Monologues. It’s produced by Far Off Broadway and the proceeds will go to Powell River’s Transition House( Grace House). Bring a friend who has never seen it before, or make it a evening out with a whole group of friends.

Then on Thurs May1st, Prisma will have a performance of students and an opportunity to enjoy appies and good company at the Hub afterwards. More info will be available soon.

Happy New Year!

The Friends hope that you have a very happy 2014, filled with prosperity, peace, contentment and entertainment here at the theatre of course.

We’ve had some excellent movies here during December, and Oscar buzz has started. The nominees will be announced Jan 16th and of course Oscar night is Sunday March 2nd. It doesn’t matter that you loath the hoopla and paparazzi surrounding the Oscars, there are a number of films that deserve recognition and the Nelsons are pleased to have brought you some of the best. The booking schedule between now and March 1st will hopefully be bringing you some more of the nominees so you can make your personal predictions.

The theatre management and the Friends are looking ahead to the new year. There are 3 possible live theatre productions planned before June. The Townsite Heritage Society that we support has plans in the works for National Heritage week in February and the Heritage Home Tour planned for Mother’s Day week-end, May 11th.
I already mentioned that February will be packed with independent films and documentaries as the P.R. Film Fest and our own Cinematheque series get underway.

And I am personally looking at gardening books and seed catalogues as I know the theatre’s gardens will be sprouting primroses and crocus before we know it. Just weeks away and we will be raking off the leaves that have protected wee sprouts and watching for new buds on the trees. If you’re out for a walk, drop by and say hello if there’s someone in the garden. Ignore the compost under the fingernails and the dirty knees.

Plans for the New Year are underway.

Whew! now that the AGM of the Friends Society is over, and the Birthday Party is just happy memories, we are into a batch of blockbuster movies until after New Year’s.

I hope you have all seen the photos floating around the web about the Patricia Theatre. We did not say much about the photographer that was mingling in the crowds during the birthday bash. Andy wanted to remain inconspicuous, but he was here for 4 full days, watching preparation, sawdust, rehearsals and performances. He was an perfect guest and we enjoyed him very much. Andy works as a free lance photographer and submitted his photos to the Reuters agency. A lot more people know about our theatre and our townsite- so be prepared for new visitors in 2014.

The Powell River Film Festival will again hold their event at the Patricia from February 12 to 16th.

Our own Suncoast Cinematheque film series will run for 8 weeks starting on Wed. Feb. 19th and 20th. The shortlist of films for both events is being created and you’ll be able to make plans soon.

What a party!!

Between Rocky Horror Picture Show on Thursday and the great concert on Sunday afternoon, the Patricia really was shaking. I’m collecting photos – so you are welcome to email them to me.
This is “BEFORE”…..
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And this is “AFTER”…..
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Our hostess and our MC…..
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Day 100 – Our entertainment was wonderful

Tonight 4 young people gave us a taste of Powell River talent. It was much like the amateur talent shows that were held in the Patricia in the early days.
For those who were in the audience, you may have noticed the smell of Sawdust in the air and the hiding of last minute items under the stage. We had a few problems with carpentry today , but the show must go on and everyone was a trooper as they say in show business.
Tours tomorrow, with a matinee and cake and refreshments and lots of fun. Come for some memories.
How many were able to catch the CBC interview this afternoon with Ann Nelson?

Day 99 – Everyone is pitching in!

What would we do without volunteers? There’s hammers, saws and the smell of sawdust in the auditorium. This picture was Wed morning, they’ve made a lot more progress in 24 hours and it should be ready for paint by the time I get over there.
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There’s lots of confetti to be vacuumed in the concession area, but the bags are filled for the Fun-draiser. Lots of people hustling around finding bits and pieces for costumes.
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Today, who knows ?? There’s a long list of prep work for this PARTY!! and so many people are offering help. It’s also neat to meet and make some new friends.
Can’t chat, must go and gather my costume together- lots of pictures through the week-end.

Day 98 – Advertisements Make a big change.

In all these previous newspaper clippings that I have been sharing for the past week, the mentions about what is being featured at the theatre has been a simple paragraph amongst all the other comments about teas, socials, ratepayers meetings, church rummage sales and school board news or sports scores.

Immediately after the Grand Opening of the Patricia in November 1928, the McLeod Scanlon Amusements Co Ltd made a big change by investing in paid advertisements in the paper. These were advertising copy with a proper border around the advertisement, some art work and in just a few weeks, included the sunrays behind the words,Patricia Entertainment which is what is used today in all publicity.

The advertisement for November 8th 1928 finally states clearly , the times for the performances and the matinees. It separates clearly the change of program throughout the week. This week they showed “The Foreign Legion” on Sat and Monday, along with an Oswald cartoon and a newsreel.
For Tuesday and Wednesday, they featured “Shanghaied” which was billed as a sensational melodrama. There was a short comedy film called Mickey’s Nine. This was a Mickey McGuire film, part of a series of short subjects that ran from 1927 – 1934. This series launched the career of Mickey Rooney who stared in 78 of the films. He was one of the few child stars that made a successful transition from silent pictures to sound.
And at the end of the week, there was Hoot Gibson “your favorite western star” in Clearing The Trail.