Dietrich Theater Gift bags are perfect for Christmas!

Holiday Camp, ages 6 to 12
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
December 27, 28, 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Instructor: Steve Colley
Admission: $35
Young artists will create pottery, drawings, and paintings and will learn about famous artists.
Call 570-996-1500 to sign up.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

Isn’t the world simply lovely right now? Okay, not the world world,
not all those faraway places with such sadness and strife, but here, in
Tunkhannock, with all the Christmas lights and the bits of snow hither and
yon and everyone bustling about preparing for the glorious days to come.
This is where it’s so totally lovely. All right, can you tell, that this is
It’s A Wonderful Life day today? (As I write this, not as you read it.)
The Evans was full to capacity with all kinds of folks, rich and poor, old
and young, happy and just a little grumpy (although who could stay grumpy
with such a grand movie showing???) and it still, ten years after we started
this, thrills me to my very core. I love the theater, the town and all the
dear people who live here and I can hardly contain my excitement when I see
so many come in the gallery and "Merry Christmas" rings through the air.
How fine is that? (And here I have to give a tip of the hat to Cabot Gas and
Oil for their generosity in underwriting this years showings of the film.
Thank you so, so much! This year, because of the extreme September
flooding, we really needed a helping hand. Thanks, Cabot – we appreciate
what you’ve done!)
So Jeffrey got almost all of the films we requested for the holiday.
Almost. We, of course, were not able to get War Horse and I am deeply
saddened by that. The ads are running practically non-stop on the telly and
I can’t tell you how sick I was when we were refused. I know Jeffrey went
back again and again but to no avail. However, we will bring it in the
beginning of January, so once again, please wait to see it at the Dietrich.
I know the trend today is that everyone wants to see a movie its first
weekend. But if you think about it, that’s sort of silly. It’s the same
movie, just as powerful, just as fine if you see it two weeks later as it
was on its release date. And remember, every dime you give to the big
theaters is money not spent in your home town. And your home town really
needs you because it’s the best little town ever!
Funny remark by a man who came to see Wonderful Life today who came
from somewhere in the valley and had never been here before. I gave him his
ticket and he looked around…"Well," he said, sort of shaking his head, "this
place isn’t what I expected. I thought it would be kind of drab like in
most little towns. But it’s real pretty. How do you like that?" Hmmmm.
Perhaps the ultimate left-handed complement.
Of course, he wasn’t right about most small town theaters – they’re not
"drab," but they tend to be a little less dazzling than the Dietrich because
the towns are less dazzling and the people don’t work together the way they
do in T’town. This is the most remarkable place and it shows in so many
subtle and not so subtle ways. But we always must be mindful that the
theater and all the terrific little businesses need your patronage. Because
this is a sparkling town but we need you to make us sparkle. Good deal,
So for the holidays we have Alvin and the Chipmunks, opening on the
16th, Sherlock Holmes (ditto) and then on the 20th we have the uber-violent
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (violent it is, but it looks terrific, and if
you read the books it looks like a faithful adaptation!) and finally a real
heartwarmer – We Bought A Zoo. Honestly, I don’t know when we’ve had such a
perfect lineup. Two PG-13s, an R and a G. Something, as they say, for
The always beautiful Trudy Fiske came to Wonderful Life today. She
looked lovely as always and I marveled at her courage and her strength
because her daughter died just a few months ago. "Oh, she’s with me," she
said – she’s with me seeing this movie," and I understood exactly what she
was saying. Of course she was. Those we love who have passed on are with
us always, but only those with faith and courage fully understand that we
are never alone and that they are with us all the days we walk this earth.
Bless you, Trudy, and your wonderful family and know that you are such an
See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
December 16, 2011 -
December 22, 2011

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
December 16, 2011 -
December 22, 2011

Arthur Christmas
December 16, 2011 -
December 19, 2011

New Year's Eve
December 16, 2011 -
December 22, 2011

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
December 20, 2011 -
December 22, 2011

We Bought a Zoo
December 23, 2011

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Holiday Camp, ages 6 to 12
December 27, 2011 - December 29, 2011

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Live at the Dietrich for December 14, 2011
Are the days leading up to Christmas flying by for you?   They definitely are for me. Not only with shopping and the typical preparations for the holiday, but since we live in such a vibrant community, these days in December have also been filled with activities that are just pure fun. 
For instance, Tunkhannock’s Christmas in Our Hometown was glorious. The town, so beautifully decorated, was filled with good cheer. During the festivities, the Dietrich hosted a homemade cookie walk coordinated by theater board member Nancy Aiello. And boy did folks from our area bake for us! I have never seen that many cookies in my life. Imagine - for one evening, the Dietrich smelled more like cookies than popcorn. We appreciate everyone who provided delicious treats for the benefit including the Keystone College students who baked over 50 dozen cookies. We would also like to thank everyone who came out and purchased a container of delicious cookies. The walk was a great success.
Terrific crowds of all ages also came out to our Holiday Workshop and the free showings of Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas. We would like to thank Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation for sponsoring the events. During those activities, I especially enjoyed witnessing both children and adults react with delight to the Dietrich’s Earnshaw Gallery. Thanks to the generosity of a few “angels” who purchased new Christmas decorations for the Dietrich (since all of ours were lost in the flood) and to patient volunteers who meticulously decorated, the gallery is a sight to behold. If you haven’t seen it yet, I really recommend stopping by for visit. 
While in the downtown, I also recommend stopping in at Tunkhannock’s unique shops. They are just chocked full of gorgeous items. During Christmas in Our Hometown, my husband and I ended up not only shopping for people on our Christmas list, but we couldn’t resist making a few purchases for ourselves. 
Then last Wednesday night, the Dietrich Radio Players took to the stage to perform “The Bishop’s Wife”. Even though it was a snowy night, fifty brave souls came out for an evening of live radio, and the group directed by Valerie Paulus did a phenomenal job. I especially enjoyed the organ music and sound effects provided by Carol Broll and Esther Harmatz, respectively, and the music courtesy of the “Four For Him” quartet from the Endless Mountains Chorus.
From now through the holidays, Hildy Morgan, Dietrich Theater Executive Director, and our film booker Jeffrey Jacobs, have scheduled a great variety of movies for you to enjoy from the new Sherlock flick to the super cute “Chipwrecked” movie for kids. During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, you will be able to enjoy matinee and evening shows daily. 
And if you are looking for additional activities for your children over Christmas break, you may be interested in Holiday Camp taught by Dietrich Theater artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley. During this camp, students will create pottery, drawings and paintings. It will be held from December 27 to December 29. Admission is $35. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to register.