In the age of mega multiplexes, it’s a rare treat to live in a community with a “real” movie house–especially one that sells beer, wine and ice cream! The Somerville Theatre has been in business since 1914 and is celebrating its 100-year anniversary with special film showings, concerts and events during the next few months.
The Centennial Celebration kicks off this Friday night, January 31 and runs through Sunday, May 11. Highlights include a Somerville High School performance of Annie, concerts by Band of Horses and Josh Ritter and several film festivals.
And maybe best of all is the chance to see dozens of classic movies on the big screen. From the original King Kong and Scarface to Citizen Kane and Casablanca, from Some Like it Hot and On the Waterfront to Psycho and His Girl Friday, from The Godfather and Rain Man to The Princess Bride and Amelie, among many others, there’s truly a film everyone will enjoy.
The big finale is on May 11–the exact date the Somerville Theatre opened in 1914–with a special showing of The Wizard of Oz, three acts of big-time vaudeville and music by the Somerville Theatre Orchestra. Formal wear is encouraged for the 6 p.m. event and tickets are $10.
Ticket prices for the centennial events vary and can be purchased on the Somerville Theatre website. And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Museum of Bad Art in the theatre’s basement. It’s one of Somerville’s best kept secrets!
Cover image courtesy of the Somerville Theatre.