Dietrich Theater Coming Soon!

It’s a Wonderful Life
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Tuesday, December 15 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm.
Admission: Free
Seating is first come, first serve.
Enjoy two free showings of this classic holiday film. Admission, popcorn, and soda are free. Seating is limited. No reservations.
Sponsored by: Tri County General Insurance, Sybilla Ruark Lenz New York Life, and Swetland Insurance Agency.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

So. It’s really happening. Monday the hills surrounding our town were covered in the thin gray veil of winter – a misty look to the far mountains caused by snow whirling in the air, unable to bring its feathery lightness to earth. It reduced the world to the strange chiaroscuro of vintage black and white films. It’s so different from those dazzling days of bright snow on the ground and fierce blue skies with a sun so ferocious that one can only wonder that the winter doesn’t tremble at its presence. But the gray days are my favorites. They remind me of when I was young and ladies still wore hats. 

Yes, hats. Even through my teen years if one got all dressed up a hat was part of the ensemble. My favorites were hats with veils. I loved them in the movies and I loved them in real life. Especially if they had those little dots on them. They impaired the vision mightily but they leant such a gloriously mysterious air. 
     I was sorry when hats disappeared from the world of fashion. Of course, it’s not as if people don’t wear hats today – but the sort of hats they wear – take knitted caps for example – would look veeeery strange with a veil attached. 
     So, I guess in a world where the actors from Twilight pass as movie stars, there really is no place in the world for the beautiful, mysterious, veiled hat. Oh, my. Isn’t that a sad bit of business, though?
     Okay, we have for your viewing pleasure, the best bit of Disney animation in decades! And it’s not computer generated (although, to quote Seinfeld, there’s nothing wrong with that) which makes it novel in this day and age. It’s a charming retelling of the old Princess and the Frog tale but when the Princess kisses the frog, instead of him turning back into a Prince – she becomes a frog! It’s funny, the music is wonderful, the story completely charming. The reviews on it are phenomenal!!! And one more thing – it’s G rated!!! That’s very rare today, so with that rating you know you can bring everyone from the youngest kidlet to the oldest gramma and know that no one can possibly take offense. Oh yeah, one more thing – it’s the first African American Princess in Disney history! How’s that for a giant step for movie goers?
     Then we have the hilarious Pirate Radio. It’s a true story, full of fun and with an upbeat ending. It’s R rated so if language and situations tend to offend you, then this isn’t your top-of-the-list. But if you love a raunchy good time, the true story of when the British government tried to suppress the earth shattering world of rock ‘n roll – then I assure you this is a movie you’ll cheer for! (Really, now, can you even imagine the dunderheads that would have tried to get rid of the driving, outrageous, high-spirited and revolutionary sound of early rock?) Give it a try. It’s not a huge movie, just a little gem. But ofttimes they are the most satisfactory of all!
     New Moon and 2012 are in their final week. This will be your last week to see either one on the big screen. If you haven’t seen 2012, it’s a really fun ride. Totally predictable but great fun nevertheless. And Twilight fans: this is it. If you want to see Bella and the vampire on the big screen one more time, then this is the time.
     Okay – let’s talk about Christmas presents now, shall we? (Oooooh. I LOVE talking about Christmas presents!) First, of course, are Dietrich gift bags – the gift that just keeps on giving! When you buy a gift bag, the money is used to pay for all those wonderful classes we have for children and adults. And remember, we never, ever turn a child away because they can’t pay! Plus, the gift is sooo cool! Now folks have four movies to choose from! Four!!! Wow! And then, if you’re looking at the child who has everything, why not give them admission to the Dietrich’s Holiday Camp, taught by Steve Colley. The budding artist gets to paint and create pottery and do any artistic thing his/her little heart desires! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! And don’t forget – there’s still time for a seat plaque in honor of someone you love. Far out! What great gift ideas!!!!
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

The Princess and the Frog
December 11, 2009 -
January 7, 2010

Pirate Radio
December 11, 2009 -
December 17, 2009

NEW MOON- Twilight
November 20, 2009 -
December 18, 2009

November 13, 2009 -
December 17, 2009

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

It's a Wonderful Life
December 15, 2009 - December 15, 2009

Theatre Fun!
January 23, 2010

Tango - Movie & Lesson
January 31, 2010

The Grapes of Wrath Audition Notice
March 10, 2010 - March 14, 2010

Wyoming County Reads - The Grapes of Wrath
February 3, 2010 - March 3, 2010

Pennsylvania Hands
February 7, 2010

Celebrate Go Red Month
February 11, 2010

Reptiles & Amphibians of Northeast PA
February 20, 2010

The Haunted Dietrich
March 6, 2010

The Grapes of Wrath
March 10, 2010 - March 14, 2010

Determined Spirit: The Story of Amelia Earhart
March 21, 2010

The Pennswoods Guitar Quartet Concert
April 25, 2010

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Mixed Media, ages 5 - 12
November 12, 2009 - December 11, 2009

Holiday Camp, ages 5 to 12
December 28, 2009 - December 30, 2009

Exploring Painting
March 11, 2010 - April 1, 2010

Decorative Painting, for ages 16 and up
August 26, 2009 - December 16, 2009

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Last weekend was absolutely fun and festive during Tunkhannock’s Christmas in Our Hometown. From the Christmas tree lighting, to the strolling carolers, to the live display windows, to the ice sculpting demonstration, to the large crowds in the streets, you could definitely feel the Christmas spirit in Tunkhannock for the event. We at the Dietrich were especially excited to see the young and young at heart gasp in delight as they entered the theater’s Earnshaw gallery. I am still amazed by how beautiful the Christmas display is. It truly takes your breath away.
We had two full showings for the Christmas movie Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. So many families came in to enjoy it. We would like to thank the Jim Henson Legacy Foundation for allowing us to show this holiday favorite once again. 
During Saturday’s Holiday Workshop over 240 people came out to decorate cookies, make ornaments, and receive a balloon creation from Silly Sally. She made balloon poodles, hats, butterfly wings, swords, flowers, and so much more as she entertained the children while making them. To add to the celebration, Bill Frye strolled through the theater with his guitar singing Christmas tunes. Thank you, Angelo Ventresca Associates, for sponsoring the event. 
Then last Tuesday night it was time for the Dietrich Theater Radio Players live show. Over forty people enjoyed this evening of old time radio. The radio players performed the favorite "You Can’t Take It with You" which originally aired on October 2, 1939. Most of the cast members played two to three characters in the play. Bob Kulow and Ed Battestin were in charge of sound effects, which included doors closing, explosions, phones ringing and more. It takes a great deal of focus, timing and collaboration for these shows to come together; and like usual, they did a spectacular job. The radio players have been meeting at the Dietrich for six years now. While some of the members have been there from the start, they are always looking for new members. No experience is required and I hear they have lots of fun at rehearsals. If you are interested, join them in the spring as they prepare for their next radio play production. Admission is free. 
For middle school and high school student who are interested in taking part in a theatrical production, the Dietrich’s After School Players program will be starting up again in January. Under the direction of Carl Canedy and Patti Dunning of First Act Children’s Theatre, students will learn all about the theatre arts as they prepare to perform the play "The Haunted Dietrich". Students will also provide input for the show and learn choreography. No experience is required.  After School Players will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 pm starting on January 5 through March 6. Call 570-996-1500 to sign up. 
The Dietrich’s Holiday Camp is quickly approaching, and there are still a few spaces available for your young artists to take part. Children ages five to twelve will be able to let their creativity blossom as they learn about different artists and make pottery, sculptures, paintings and drawings. The camp will be held from 10 - 11:30 am on December 28, 29, and 30. Admission is $35 and all materials are provided. Call the theater at 570-996-1500 to register.