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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 28,2009 151t; AKTS and ENTERTAINMENT CULT films at Town Hall Theatre shown on classic projector A motorized film spooled on the ,inder prepares the film for another viewing, while the upcoming reel is and prepared for the next changeover. The folks at the T( Theatre are very e) announce the deb much anticipated quested series of cla: years old) and more porary cult film se on a monthly basis cited to ut of a and re- ;sic (25+ contem- .ections )ver the next six months. The series officially commences with a showing of "The Sting" Feb. 1-2. The film shows at 7 p.m. both nights with an addition- al 4 p.m. matinee Sunday. "The Sting" was one of the great films of 1973, with nu- merous awards worldwide and an Oscar-winning rag- time music score by Marvin Hamlish. It was the second great pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford in a screen- play full of twists and turns. "The Sting" takes the thrill of the confidence game to giddy heights. Rookie grifter Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) tracks down veteran flim- flam man Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) in 1930s Chicago to help him avenge the murder of a friend, since he admits he "doesn't know enough about killing to kill him." The duo plans to fleece homicidal racketeer Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) for an enormous sum of money through a phony racetrack scam. Ripe with double- and triple-crosses, "The Sting" keeps viewers guessing to the very end. This 129-minute crime comedy is rated PG for some material that may not be suitable for children. Theatre management has confirmed "East of Eden" will show Sunday and Mon- day, March 1-2 and "Singing in the Rain" will show April 12-13. Bookings have been con- firmed for "Some Like it Hot" (celebrating its 50th anniver- sary in 2009) for Thursday, May 8, and the 1980 "Blues Brothers" Thursday and Fri: day, June 4-5. Suggestions for titles will be gratefully accept- ed and considered. E-mail roxanne@ or tell projectionist Barbara Stricker the next time you at- tend amovie. The monthly CULT Classic Film Series is on a six-month trial basis. If cost effective, the series will continue as a regular monthly program. "Delivery charges for prints of these films are expensive. Plus film distributors require APP, from page 14B student who has the drive and talent to succeed in the application process will be denied admission, solely on the basis of inability to pay. On average, 40 percent of our students receive finan- cial aid; some are asked to pay as little as $i00. We ex- pect to equal or surpass that record in 2009." California State Summer School Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization creat- ed to support InnerSpark in achieving its mission via a unique public and private sector partnership, has awarded nearly $4 million in scholarships since 1987 to more than 39 percent of the highly talented students who have attended InnerSpark. ' "At the cornerstone of CSSSAF's mission is assur- ing that no student is denied admission to InnerSpark, because of an inability to pay the tuition and fees," said Joan Newberg, execu- tive director of CSSSAF. "We are committed to pro- vide Innerspark students the same level of financial aid despite these difficult economic times." To date, Innerspark has pro- vided its esteemed summer arts program to 10,508 talented high school students. Instruc- tion is offered in the fields of animation, film/video, cre- ative writing, dance, music, theater and the visual arts. The talented teenagers who successfully complete the pro- gram receive three units of California State University course credit. Selected teenagers are designated .California Arts Scholars, receive the Governor's Arts Scholar Medallion and attend one of the country's premier summer arts institutes on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, this year from July 11 through Aug. 7. California students whose families have the means to pay are charged a compre- hensive fee of $1,415 to cover room, board and tuition for the four-week 2009 summer session. Students from outside of California must pay a com- prehensive fee of $4,600. Ap- plications to InnerSpark are due by Feb. 28, for the sum- mer 2009 program. InnerSpark is also able to help its students with college aid through the distribution of Herb Alpert Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists. An agreement between In- nerSpark and the Herb Alpert Foundation, which has committed $1.2 million in funds for this project, means that 18 students each year are designated scholar- ship recipients. The scholarships are awarded every summer to three students in each of six categories: animation and film/video, creative writing, dance, music, theater and the visual arts. In 2009, one out- standing student in each cate- gory will receive $40,000 to be awarded over the course of four years, and two students will receive single-year awards of $2,500. "Innerspark is an incredi- ble opportunity for talented young people," said Jaffe. "The value of our program will not only affect these moti- vated students well into their college years, but into their professional lives as well." To learn more about In- nerspark or obtain applica- tion forms and instructions, visit or call the Sacramento headquarters at (916) 274-5815. a minimum rental fee and a percentage of ticket sales," explained Town Hall Theatre manager and film booker Roxanne Valladao. "These se- lections cost us $500 each be- fore we ever turn on the lights. To keep screening the films on a regular basis we will have to make sure that an ongoing series is well at- tended and the program is well attended." Donations toward the ex- penses of the series will be accepted at the concessions stand during hours of opera- tion. Patrons may also mail a check to the Town Hall The- atre, P.O. Box 600, Quincy, CA 95971. The Town Hall Theatre is one of very few film houses that continue to screen films on a duo of Century C Pro- jectors (circa 1940) using a two-projector changeover system. Most other theatres splice all the film reels together and run thedi'autorh-htically on one big film platter, where films are most often automat- ically triggered to begin from a renmte location. Town Hall Theatre's primary projection- ist, Barbara Stricker, loving- ly cares for these vintage pro- jectors (some of the oldest of their kind in the Western United States). At the same time, THT has invested in the best quality sound equipment adaptable to these great old machines. The final up- grade to the sound system was completed during the run of "Australia." A sub-woofer and higher capacity sound-processing unit for the surround sound were added. Sound in the film (like traffic or crowd noise, rain, breaking glass, animal movement) can sometimes be felt over your The Town Hall Theatre is one of very few film houses to continue to screen films using a two: projector changeover system. shoulder or behind you. Dur- ing "Australia," viewers could actually "feel" the cat- tle stampede or the bombing of Darwin in their chests. Theatre management also wants to remind patrons that headsets for use by the hear- mg impaired are available and free for u~e during the films. Just ask at the conces- sions stand. At the Town Hall Theatre a projectionist is present througl~out the film, putting films up on one projector, triggering the light to begin projection and synchronizing the switchover to the next projector. The reel that was just shown is rewound and made ready for another view- ing while the upcoming reel is spooled on the projector and prepared for the next changeover. It's quite a dance and pro- jectionists need to remain at- tentive to cues so films run se~mlessly from one reel to the next. Most films have at least six reels. Longer films have as many as 12. Changeovers happen about every 20 minutes. Theatre staff all love the film arts and are dedicated to providing viewers with a first-rate film-going experi- ence at a very affordable price. This increasingly rare vintage film experience brings patrons 35mm films that are shown as they were designed to be screened. The process is very personal and hands-on in many ways. The CULT Classic Film Se- ries, as well as the regular pro- gram of feature films at Plumas County's only movie theatre, are brought to pa- trons under the administra- tion of Plumas Arts, an orga- nization that is vital to the fab- ric of the community and es- sential to local quality of life. High Sierra Animal Rescue 10th Annual ]ulie Scott Saturday, February 21, 2009 Community Hall in Graeagle---7 pm to 10 pm Rock to the music of the Evening includes: Lavish dessert bar followed by a champagne toast, a no-host bar including specialty drinks such as Irish coffee and champagne cocktails to compliment the array of desserts and as always, lots of raffle prizes and live music by the Trash Gordon Band Tickets: $30.00 per person (limited to 120 tickets, so get yours early) Purchase tickets at: High Sierra Animal Rescue in Delleker (103 Meadowridge Lane, 832-4727) Graeagle Store in Graeagle Valu-Wise in Portola Epilog Books in Quincy Century C Projectors, some of the oldest of their kind (circa 1940) in the Western U.S., are lovingly cared for. Photos submitted TOWN HALL THEATRE Presents YES MAN Fri., Jan. 30 & Sat., Jan. 31 Rated PG-13 104 rain. Comedy "One word can change everything." Jim Carrey stars as Carl Allen. a guy whose life is going nowhere- the operative word being "no" - until he signs up for a self- help program based on one simple covenant: say yes to everything ... and anything. Unleashing the power of "YES" begins to transform Carl's life in amazing and unexpected ways, getting him pro- moted at work and opening the door to a new romance. But his willingness to embrace every opportunity might just become too much of a good thing. HE STING Sun., Feb. 1 & Mon., Feb. 2 Rated PG 129 min. Crime/Comedy The first of our Classic films chomes was one of the great films of the year with numerous awards worldwide and an Oscar-winning ragtime music score by Marvin Hamlish. It presented the second great pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford and a great screenplay full of twists and turns. The Sting takes the thrill of the confidence game to giddy heights. Rookie grifter Johnny Hooker tracks down veteran flim-flam man Henry Gondorff in 1930s Chicago to help him avenge the murder of a friend, since he admits be "doesn't know enough about killing to kill him." The duo plans to fleece homicidal racketeer Doyle Lannegan for an enormous sum of money through a phony racetrack scam. Ripe with double and triple crosses. The Sting keeps viewers guessing. ill,0::, 4pro matinee on Sundays ' Jkdu~ts .............. ,~7.00 Students & ltRLL Seniors ............. $6.00 Children ............ $5.00 283-1140 469 Main St., Quincy, CA Visit us at