Online editor’s note: This summer, we’ll be bringing you occasional suggestions for free (or almost free) outings in and around Addison County on our new staff blog. Check back periodically for more tips and tricks for enjoying the county on a shoestring budget.
free movie showings in addison county, summer 2009
by Tamara Hilmes, Intern
Sick of paying exorbitant price that theaters charge to see a movie these days? Join the club. Inspired by my relatively empty pockets, this Addison Independent intern made it her mission to find cheap as free movies playing in Addison County over the course of the summer. And though these local venues may not be offering the latest flicks to hit the big screen, the price (aka lack thereof) more than makes up for it. Just think of all the slushies you'll be able to buy with the eight dollars you'll save...
This past Saturday, the Middlebury Town Hall Theater paid tribute to our country's more-affordable past by showing the original 1933 version of "King Kong" for 1933 prices--a mere 25 cents. The movie was part of the THT's latest fundraising gimmick (you may have noticed the giant furry gorilla currently scaling the tower). So, sure, those who went didn't get to witness Jack Black in one of his few attempts at a serious role, but they did get to revel in the glory paying pocket change for the big-screen experience; not to mention they got to see a true classic.
If you missed out on the 25 cent movie, have no fear--there are plenty of even (if you can believe it) cheaper movies playing in June, July and August in Addison County. Check out these feature films that are coming to a town near you:
Countdown to Harry Potter
For all those fans of quidditch, muggles, and house elves out there, be sure to pop over to the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol on June 30, July 2, July 7, July 9 and July 14 at 4:30PM to catch up on all five of the previous Harry Potter movies before number six is released on July 15.
June 30, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
July 2, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
July 7, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
July 9, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
July 14, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Movies in the Park
Starting July 16, the town of Bristol will begin hosting their annual Movies in the Park series, which will continue every Thursday through August 20. The films will be shown on a theater-sized outdoor screen, "for a drive-in experience without the driving!" according to their web site. All showings will be "free and suitable for all ages," though the brilliant folks behind the Bristol series recommend that viewers bring their own stadium seating (aka a blanket). Movies will be listed in both the Addison Independent Community Calendar, as well as on the Bristol Parks and Rec web site. Also, be sure to check back here at On a Shoestring for specific movie info. closer to the date. Oh, and the town popcorn popper will be popping away. Who says the best things in life don't come free?
Friday Night Flicks @ the Vergennes Opera House
Ok, ok. So though this one isn't technically free, the $5 admission fee for this monthly event still beats the average theater ticket price (also, families of 4 get a $5 discount). Movies are shown at 7:30 p.m. one Friday each month. Films are chosen on an ongoing basis, so be sure to check back for more info. Though the June feature has already passed, you can still rely on the months ahead to provide affordable movie-watching at the historic theater. For additional information, call the Vergennes Opera House at (802) 877-6737, or pay a visit to their web site.
July 10, Yankee Doodle Dandy
Middlebury College Language School Screenings
For those of you who may enjoy slightly more intellectual pursuits, the Middlebury College Language School movie screenings are a good weekend (and sometimes weekday) option. Films in Russian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and well, just about everything but English, are being shown all summer long (with subtitles!!) on campus, and all are free and open to the public. The film showings are also accompanied by after-screening discussions (which are, thankfully, in English), which are also open to the public. For weekly calendars of the films, along with descriptions, check out the Language Schools' web site. Below, check out the next film on the docket:
Friday, June 26 Portuguese School Film Screening
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 104
Directed by Bruno Barreto
THT French New Wave Series
So this is another not-quite-free-but-almost event. The third and final $5 movie in the series, "Cleo from 5 to 7," will play at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. For more information about the movie, check out this summary, or contact the Town Hall Theater at (802) 382-9222.
So the next time you're moaning about "Year One" breaking your piggy bank, be sure to check out the many free (and almost free) movie-going opportunities that surround you, and save your money for something really important--like those slushies I mentioned before.