Dietrich Theater

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Dietrich!

Events You Don't Want to Miss!

Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Presented in-part by the Jim Henson Legacy Foundation
Admission: Free
Enjoy this favorite Jim Henson Christmas movie at the Dietrich. Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas is about a poor otter family who risks everything for a chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas. Fun for the entire family!
Call 570-996-1500 for details. 

Holiday Workshop, for all ages
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, December 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Get into the holiday spirit! All ages are invited to come out and enjoy a morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the balloon lady.
Call 570-996-1500 for details.

Dietrich Radio Players Performance
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Tuesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Directed by: Valerie Paulus
Admission: Free
The Dietrich Theater Radio Players are back by popular demand! Come out and see their live performance of favorite radio plays. Experience the "theater of the mind".
Call 570-996-1500 for details.

It’s a Wonderful Life
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Tuesday, December 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Seating is first come, first served.
See the 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen at the Dietrich. Admission, popcorn and soda are free. No reservations please.
Call 570-996-1500 for details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

It’s so warm here today. It’s Monday afternoon and the temperature is hovering near sixty degrees. It’s quite lovely, but I have to say that I’m hoping there is a bit of a chill before Thanksgiving Day. I’m sure there were warm Thanksgivings in my childhood. There had to be. After all, the temperature fluctuates from year to year and some are sooo cold and some as mild as springtime. But I don’t remember those days. I remember the cold of Thanksgiving in the Pocono’s, high up in the mountains, nestled warm and snug in the house my grandfather built. 

     In the early 1930’s, my grandfather lost his job as a tool and dye maker in Brooklyn, and because back then folks saved their money and didn’t spend impulsively on the latest gadget, he and my grandmother decided to move to the mountains they both loved, away from the bustle of the city, away from the yearly threat of polio in the summer and into a house of their own, something many could only dream of. 
     So they bought two and a half acres and had a house built. It was small, with four tiny bedrooms, one bath, a kitchen the size of a closet, a cheerful dining room, a long, narrow living room with a brick fireplace at one end, and luxury of luxuries…a glassed in sun porch! They lived in that little house, surrounded by trees, deer grazing on the edge of the woods, the lake at the bottom of the field across the road, in great contentment until the day my grandfather, at the age of sixty-three, put his head on my grandmother’s lap and said “I’m a little tired, Jennie. I’m just going to shut my eyes for a few minutes,” and then he was gone, a “little tired” had turned into an eternal rest.
     Which is when my parents and my sister and I came to live in the house my grandfather built and my grandmother lived in until she died five years later. When I think of “home” that’s where my mind takes me, to the little house in the woods, to the smell of good food, to the crackle of a fire on a cold and windy night, to the dog sleeping in his basket and the cat on the arm of the chair, and I feel that perfect security that only a child of loving parents can know – the understanding that you are loved and kept safe and that even if your house is made of wood the big bad wolf still can’t blow it down, no matter how hard he tries.
     I remember Mamma and Pappa sitting in the living room with us after Thanksgiving dinner, after Mamma’s exquisite meal, after the dishes were done and the fire lit, I remember sitting as close to the fire as I could without spontaneously combusting and Pappa holding the pick-up-sticks and then letting them fall on the floor and we’d play that for awhile and then he’d say, “Who’s for a game of jacks?” and I’d think that maybe we could beat him at jacks even though there wasn’t a prayer to come close to that steady hand, but we never could. Never beat him once. And we never once cared. Because the fun wasn’t ever in who won and who lost, but in the fact that we were together.
     I think we put so much on our children and on ourselves today. We think we need oversized houses and big cars and children who go to Ivy League schools and clothing where the name of the designer is sewn loudly on the outside so everyone knows that you can afford such things and will think better of you than they would have if you, say, just wore, as my father did all his life, his green work pants and shirt. Or, if the occasion called for it, his one charcoal gray pin-striped suit that he wore to weddings, other people’s funerals and, finally, his own. And yet look at the gifts he and Mamma gave us…a sense of security and being loved that we carry with us forever. I feel it surround me at the holidays and I wish I could see them just one time, just for a minute, to tell them thank you, thank you. You were splendid parents, I would say, because you gave us everything that counts, and those gifts stay with us as long as we live. 
     I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with memories of love and contentment. That’s all you need to be one lucky duck!
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

HARRY POTTER:The Deathly Hallows,Part 1
November 19, 2010 -
December 9, 2010

November 24, 2010 -
December 9, 2010

November 24, 2010 -
December 9, 2010

November 19, 2010 -
December 2, 2010

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
December 3, 2010 - December 3, 2010

Holiday Workshop
December 4, 2010

Dietrich Radio Players Performance
December 7, 2010

It's a Wonderful Life
December 14, 2010 - December 14, 2010

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Live Performances
March 9, 2011 - March 13, 2011

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Holiday Camp, ages 5 to 12
December 28, 2010 - December 30, 2010

Quilting for Kids, ages 6 and up
September 15, 2010 - December 15, 2010

Trash to Treasures for Mommy & Me
November 12, 2010 - December 10, 2010

Trash to Treasures Preschool Art
November 11, 2010 - December 9, 2010

Trash to Treasures, ages 6 to 12
November 13, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Intergenerational Quilting, ages 13 and up
September 15, 2010 - December 15, 2010

Open Studio for Painting, Drawing & Pottery - Days
September 13, 2010 - November 29, 2010

Open Studio: Painting, Drawing, & Pottery - Nights
September 14, 2010 - November 30, 2010

Decorative Painting, for ages 16 and up
September 15, 2010 - December 15, 2010

Golden Days of Radio Players Group
October 5, 2010 - December 7, 2010

Jewelry Making: Intermediate Fused Glass
November 15, 2010 - December 6, 2010

Pottery & Sculpture
September 13, 2010 - November 29, 2010

Writers' Group
September 9, 2010 - December 9, 2010

Yoga for You
September 15, 2010 - December 15, 2010

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Thanksgiving is here! It’s time to give thanks, gather with family and friends, eat a delicious spread, and of course, go to the movies. The Dietrich will be celebrating with a great selection of films. For kids and families we will be serving up Walt Disney’s Tangled in 3D. Unstoppable will continue delighting and we are opening the musical Burlesque featuring Cher and Christina Aguilera. And of course, we will be playing the much-anticipated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.   So come out to the theater and take in some of Hollywood’s best blockbusters.

 Looking to December, Tunkhannock will be full of holiday festivities with its annual Christmas in Our Hometown. Join in the celebration on December 3rd and 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be music in the streets, an ice sculpture, living windows, a tree lighting ceremony at the Dietrich, horse-drawn wagon rides, great deals in Tunkhannock’s unique shops, Santa and Mrs. Claus and so much more. The Dietrich will be taking part in the event by providing two free showings of Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas on Friday, December 3rd at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. This Jim Henson Christmas movie is about a poor otter family who risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas. It is one of my favorite Christmas films and its pure fun for the entire family. 
The next morning, Saturday, December 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Dietrich will host its annual Holiday Workshop. All ages are invited to come out and get into the holiday spirit at this free event. There will be cookie decorating, holiday crafts, music and singing with Bill Frye, and creations by Silly Sally, the balloon lady. You won’t want to miss it.
Speaking of events you don’t want to miss, the Dietrich’s Radio Players will perform live at the theater on Tuesday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m. They will be performing Jack Benny’s popular radio show “High Noon” and the Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street”.   Their shows always transport us back in time to those glorious days of radio with live sound effects and old time commercials. Another feature of this year’s performance will be music by the “Four for Him” quartet of the Endless Mountains Chorus. It should be a festive evening; so join us! Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. 
And the Dietrich’s Christmas season would not be complete without It’s a Wonderful Life! This year our two free showings will be on Tuesday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Admission, popcorn, and soda will be free. It will be a great day to spend with family and friends at the Dietrich.   Seating is first come, first served.