WAYNESBORO — A classic movie matinee is returning to downtown Waynesboro.
Mainstreet Waynesboro, New Vision Theatres and the Waynesboro Community Theatre Project (WCTP) have combined forces with area senior living centers to bring back the classic movie series to the restored Waynesboro Theatre in the community’s historic downtown.
The 2019 series opens on Wednesday, May 15, with the 1968 Barbra Streisand film, “Funny Girl.” The movie will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Waynesboro Theatre, 75 W. Main St.
The showing is sponsored by The Leland in Waynesboro.
The generous sponsorships for each movie allow the tickets to be sold for just $4, which includes a regular-sized soda and popcorn.
In the bittersweet, classic musical drama, “Funny Girl,” the vibrant and beautiful young Fanny Brice (Streisand) starts out as a bit player on the New York City vaudeville stage but works her way up to stardom on Broadway.
Valued for her vocal and comedic talents by the renowned theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon), Fanny thrives, but her relationship with her suave, imprisoned businessman husband, Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), is another story.
“We are excited that the community and our partners wanted to return the classic series to the big screen downtown,” said Bill Kohler, director of Economic Development for Mainstreet Waynesboro and a member of the WCTP board.
“We hope that we picked an eclectic range of classics that will appeal to moviegoers of all ages and tastes,” Kohler said.
The Remaining Showings and Their Sponsors Are:
- Wednesday, July 10 – Film TBA, 2 p.m. Sponsor: Quincy Village
- Wednesday, Sept. 11 – “True Grit.” 2 p.m. Sponsor: Hearthstone Retirement Home
- Wednesday, Oct. 16 – “The Birds” 2 p.m. Sponsor: Trinity House
- Wednesday, Nov. 13 – “Vertigo” 2 p.m. Sponsor: Mainstreet Waynesboro and the Owls Club.
- Thursday, Dec. 19 – “It’s a Wonderful Life” 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sponsor: Menno Haven Retirement Communities
The movies are open to all ages.
“Mainstreet hopes that moviegoers will make a day of it: Enjoy lunch at one of our unique restaurants, check out the movie and then visit our shops”Bill Kohler
Director of Economic Development for Mainstreet Waynesboro
Hagerstown-based HighRock Group and the Waynesboro Community Theatre Project teamed up with the community to renovate and revive the theater.
It opened to rave reviews on Nov. 20, 2015. It features high-end digital picture, surround sound and premium seating at an affordable price.
New Vision Theatres now runs the Waynesboro Theatre and Leitersburg Cinemas.