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It’s showtime: Memorial Hall has new screen for films, opera

  • A new movie screen will make its debut at Pothole Pictures in the Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall on Friday, shown here mid-installation on Monday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A new movie screen will make its debut at Pothole Pictures in the Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall on Friday, shown here mid-installation on Monday.
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  • Tech director Holly Gettings works alongside projectionist Jim Neeley and his sons Liam and Wil to attach the new movie screen to a mechanical lift at the Sehlburne Falls Memorial Hall on Monday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Tech director Holly Gettings works alongside projectionist Jim Neeley and his sons Liam and Wil to attach the new movie screen to a mechanical lift at the Sehlburne Falls Memorial Hall on Monday.
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  • Pothole Pictures projectionist Jim Neeley and his son Liam attach a bracket to the movie house's new screen on Monday during its installation at Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Pothole Pictures projectionist Jim Neeley and his son Liam attach a bracket to the movie house's new screen on Monday during its installation at Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall
    Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A new movie screen will make its debut at Pothole Pictures in the Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall on Friday, shown here mid-installation on Monday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Tech director Holly Gettings works alongside projectionist Jim Neeley and his sons Liam and Wil to attach the new movie screen to a mechanical lift at the Sehlburne Falls Memorial Hall on Monday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Pothole Pictures projectionist Jim Neeley and his son Liam attach a bracket to the movie house's new screen on Monday during its installation at Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

SHELBURNE FALLS — The new state-of-the art movie screen was installed by volunteers this week — just in time for this weekend’s showing of the 1987 film “Moonstruck” at Pothole Pictures and for this fall’s season of the Metropolitan Opera’s live broadcasts of “Macbeth,” “The Marriage of Figaro” and other performances.

The 675-pound screen is 18 feet high, 25 feet wide, so the movies and operas can be projected a little larger than they were with the old screen. Projectionist/technician Jim Neeley said the new screen is also more reflective to deliver a brighter picture.

Two anonymous donors made large contributions this spring so that the Memorial Hall Association and Pothole Pictures could purchase the new screen.

The old screen was a used screen purchased from the Academy of Music in 1995. Over the past 20 years, tears in the screen had been patched from behind with duct tape and awning tape.

This summer, Pothole Pictures finishes up the summer with “Moonstruck” Friday and Saturday, “Captain Blood” with Erroll Flynn on Aug. 8 and 9, “Dead Man” Aug. 22 and 23 and with “Labor Day” — partly filmed in Shelburne Falls — on Sept. 5 and 6.

The Metropolitan Opera season begins with “Macbeth” on Oct. 11.

For more online information, go to:

shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org

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