Dietrich Theater

Upcoming Events!

Lattimer Massacre – Radio Play & Music
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Presented by: Bill Bachman
Music By: Van Wagner
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Pennsylvania Humanities Council
During this program, audience members will experience the historical retelling of the Lattimer Massacre of 1897, which occurred near Hazelton, PA, through a radio drama and music. The radio drama is the result of nearly four years of research Bill Bachman has completed on this event, which pitted coal company owners, the sheriff of Luzerne County and striking miners against each other with deadly consequences. At the event, Van Wagner, a Pennsylvania musician and historian, will perform his original song “Lattimer Massacre.” After the presentation, Bill Bachman will lead a discussion on the Lattimer Massacre as it relates to the audience’s views of our civil liberties, human rights, the justice system and the treatment of immigrant laborers in the U.S. today. Call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500 for details.

Fall 2012 Film Festival Oktoberfest Opening Night Gala
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, September 21, doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $35 each
Come out to our Oktoberfest Opening Night Gala. Bring your friends and enjoy food, film, beer, wine, desserts and good fun. The evening’s featured films include “The Intouchables” and “Moonrise Kingdom.” Food will be provided by Epicurean Delight, Twigs Restaurant and Café, Seasons Restaurant and The Fireplace Restaurant. Nimble Hill Brewing Company’s new beer will be available as well as other microbrews. Wine will be provided by Nimble Hill Vineyard & Winery. Reservations are required for Opening Night only. Call 570-996-1500 for reservations. Space is limited.

Fall 2012 Film Festival
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, September 21 through Thursday, October 4
Admission: $9 - Evening (After 6:00 p.m.)
$8 – Matinee (Before 6:00 p.m.)
Enjoy fourteen days of sixteen foreign, independent an art films. Visit for festival movies and show times.

My Journey into Quilting
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, October 6 at 11:00 a.m.
For all ages
Presented by: Joyce Hughes
Admission: $5
Come and meet Joyce Hughes, a self-taught fiber artist and quilt designer and Pennsylvania State juried fiber artist. She will tell her personal story of her journey into quilting, which she describes as accidental, but a blessing. She will speak of the benefits of being open minded and free as well as talk about her inspirations. She is currently a finalist in McCall’s quilt design contest. Her handbags and other designs will be for sale before and after her presentation. Tickets can be reserved at the Dietrich Theater ticket booth or by calling 570-996-1500.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

     What a memory-laden day to be writing this column. I am writing on Tuesday morning, September 11, and the day is fraught with scenes from that tragedy that will never go away, and that mark this date with a melancholy that will never go away while witnesses live. And television made us all witnesses, didn’t it? This morning MSNBC devoted three uninterrupted hours to showing a repeat of the Today show covering that morning and I had it on while I was getting dressed to come to the theater. The scenes were so hellacious and over an hour into the tragedy no one yet knew who was attacking us. Three planes had struck but there were only rumors of a fourth.
     And on that bright sunshiny day, I watched in horror as dozens of firemen marched back into the remaining tower and I actually called out to the television and the old film, “Don’t go! Oh, God, don’t go!” because I knew that after they walked into that building they were gone, shimmering away in the autumn sun, crossing the final threshold.
     Today has that same bright, blue sky, sunny look to it, the same sweet hint of oncoming autumn, the last warm rays of summer. And yet, for so many that day, the sun turned cold and the sky filled with poison. It changed us all. It made us warier, more security happy, more afraid. In some ways the security measures are good – we haven’t sustained another attack of that magnitude since. But in some ways it has fostered an unhealthy paranoia that haunts everything we do.  Hopefully a little more time will be the elixir we need.
      So on the day when T’town celebrates its’ long history with quilting and quilters we have a fun little fund-raiser led by Nancy Aiello and her merry band from the Dietrich fund-raising committee. They are offering pumpkin this and pumpkin that – from actual pumpkins to pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies and all kinds of pumpkin goodness. Along with some scarecrows to decorate with. Darling wooden scarecrows that will look divine on the front porch will be sold as well as the more authentic stuffed shirt variety. But do come and take a good look at our cool fall things and take one or two home with you. The fund-raiser is to help with children’s classes, as usual. So look at the good your dollars are doing – first you get a goodie and then you help a child. Now, really, two for the price of one. Doesn’t that make you feel soooo good????
     Nemo in 3D is the biggie this week. It’s a perfect film to bring back and add the new technology to. It’s a wonderful kiddie flick and one the entire family can enjoy, and the addition of 3D technology actually makes this better than it was. So bring the young-‘uns and enjoy!
     Then we are keeping The Expendables and splitting the screen with Possession, so Expendables will be the early show and Possession a bit later. And for those of you who enjoy scary films, Ronnie and the downstairs gang really, really liked it. They thought it had plenty of thrills and chills. Lawless is being held over and is terrific! Everyone who has seen it has loved it – a prohibition-era gangster film. R rated and bloody as heck, but hard hitting and fast moving. I hope to finally catch it this weekend. And then finally we have another split screen of movies you may not have seen when they were new – Total Recall and Premium Rush. So how’s that for having great choices? Six movies for your viewing pleasure!!!!
     And Jeffrey has done it again! The movie company that didn’t want to give such a small town theater Trouble With The Curve has agreed to our showing it. So next week our theater will be graced with the presence of the inimitable Clint Eastwood in what looks like a terrific film! I can’t wait!
      And don’t forget to get those Oktoberfest festival tickets now. They’re going fast!!!!!
(And we’ll miss you if you don’t come.)
     See you at the Diethrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

September 7, 2012 -
September 20, 2012

The Possession
August 31, 2012 -
September 20, 2012

Finding Nemo 3D
September 14, 2012 -
October 4, 2012

August 17, 2012 -
September 20, 2012

Premium Rush
September 14, 2012 -
September 20, 2012

Total Recall
September 14, 2012 -
September 20, 2012

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

September 21, 2012 -
October 4, 2012

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Lattimer Massacre - Radio Drama and Music
September 16, 2012

Oktoberfest Opening Night Gala
September 21, 2012

Airing of the Quilts Exhibit
October 2, 2012

My Journey Into Quilting!
October 6, 2012

Camouflage & Mimicry Presentation
October 13, 2012

Contemporary American Classical Guitar Music
October 14, 2012

Barbershop Vocal Clinic
October 20, 2012 - November 3, 2012

The End: Authorship, Nostalgia and the Beatles
October 21, 2012

Tales From Alaska
October 23, 2012

Balto: A True Story of the Bravest Dog in America
October 26, 2012 - October 27, 2012

Songs and Games for Tots
November 3, 2012

Northeastern Pennsylvania in American History
November 14, 2012

Dietrich Radio Players Performance
December 4, 2012

Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas
December 7, 2012 - December 8, 2012

Holiday Workshop
December 8, 2012

It's a Wonderful Life
December 18, 2012 - December 18, 2012

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 5 to 8
September 14, 2012 - October 5, 2012

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 9 to 12
September 13, 2012 - October 4, 2012

Food & Culture Around the World
October 15, 2012

Green Inventors, ages 5 to 8
October 11, 2012 - November 1, 2012

Green Inventors, ages 9 to 12
October 11, 2012 - November 1, 2012

Holiday Camp
December 27, 2012 - December 28, 2012

Mask Making, ages 5 - 8
November 9, 2012 - December 7, 2012

Mask Making, ages 9 to 12
November 8, 2012 - December 6, 2012

Movement & Storytelling for Preschoolers
September 26, 2012 - November 28, 2012

Out of the Box Quilting for Kids
October 2, 2012 - October 30, 2012

Preschool Green Inventors
October 11, 2012 - November 1, 2012

Preschool Mask Making
November 8, 2012 - December 6, 2012

Preschool Pottery & Sculpture
September 13, 2012 - October 4, 2012

Quilting for Kids
September 12, 2012 - December 12, 2012

Writing Your Hat Off: Creative Writing for Kids
October 2, 2012 - October 23, 2012

Holiday Candy Crafts
November 10, 2012

Quilting for Everyone
August 24, 2012 - December 12, 2012

Decorative Painting
August 21, 2012 - November 28, 2012

Design a Painted Silk Scarf
October 11, 2012

Gingerbread House Workshop
November 17, 2012

Golden Days of Radio Players
October 2, 2012 - December 4, 2012

Introduction to Creative Neckwear
October 17, 2012

Introduction to Sculpture
September 11, 2012 - November 27, 2012

Introduction to Stained Glass
October 22, 2012

Jewelry Making: Brick Stitch Earrings
October 10, 2012

Jewelry Making: Expressions in Fused Glass
October 29, 2012 - November 12, 2012

Jewelry Making: Introduction to Silver Clay
November 5, 2012

Jewelry Making: Kumihimo Beading
October 18, 2012 - November 15, 2012

Knit a Ruffled Scarf
November 20, 2012

Kundalini Yoga
September 8, 2012 - December 1, 2012

Locker Hooking for Beginners
October 25, 2012

October 8, 2012 - November 5, 2012

Painting From Life
September 10, 2012 - November 26, 2012

Tips and Tricks for Making Jewelry
November 26, 2012

Writers' Group
July 26, 2012 - December 13, 2012

Yoga for You
September 5, 2012 - November 28, 2012

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Live at the Dietrich for Sept. 12, 2012
Magical...that is just how I would describe the Dietrich Children's Theatre's production of The Fairy Wife of Llyn Y Fan Fach.  The kids especially loved it when they were invited to dance on stage with the fairy, farmer and their friends sheep and cow.  During this theatrical adventure, audience members learned about the country of Wales and even a little Welsh.  After the play, Fiona Powell, master storyteller from Wales, talked to the crowd about the play and her native country.  We would like to thank the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for underwriting this presentation. 

If you were unable to make this production, the Dietrich Children's Theatre will be back at the end of October for Balto: A True Story of the Bravest Dog in America.  Performances will be held on Friday, October 26 at 10 a.m. and Saturday, October 27 at 11 a.m.  Admission will be free.  To reserve tickets, please call us at 570-996-1500.

Speaking of theatre, the Dietrich will be premiering a radio drama for adults on Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m. called "Lattimer Massacre: A Journey Back in Time".   During this event, audience members will experience the historical retelling of the Lattimer Massacre of 1897, which occurred near Hazelton, PA through a radio drama and music.  At the event Van Wagner, a Pennsylvania musician, will perform his original song "Lattimer Massacre."  After the presentation, Bill Bachman will lead a discussion on the Lattimer Massacre as it relates to the audience today.  If you are at all interested in local history, you will not want to miss this production.  Admission is free thanks to support from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.  Tickets will be available at the door or they can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500.

In addition to events, the Dietrich has a great slate of classes for all ages schedule for this fall.  For adults, we will be offering sculpture, painting, quilting, jewelry making, yoga, locker hooking and knitting just to name a few.  Children will be able to take part in quilting, mask making and pottery and sculpture classes.  For more information about all of the Dietrich's fall offerings, please visit our website or call us to request a brochure by calling 570-996-1500. 

And it is hard to believe that the Dietrich's Fall Film Festival is just 10 days away.  Now is the time to reserve seats for the Oktoberfest Opening Night Gala.  The evening will be filled with great films, wine, beer, food and desserts.  Our food sponsors Twigs Restaurant and Café, Epicurean Delight, the Fireplace Restaurant and Seasons Restaurant always wow us with their great food offerings.  We will be featuring The Intouchables and Moonrise Kingdom that evening.  I can't wait to see both.  I am also looking forward to seeing the comedies We Have A Pope, Your Sister's Sister and The Magic of Belle Isle.  I think the documentaries The Invisible War and The Queen of Versailles look compelling as well.  I am telling you that this will be the best festival yet. Join us for one or many of these acclaimed foreign, independent and art films. 

We will also be giving you the opportunity to talk about these films in a Post-Festival Film Discussion on Friday, October 5 at 10 a.m. at the Tioga Bistro, which is across the street from the Dietrich.  These films always leave me with questions and so much to talk about.  Hildy Morgan, film buff extraordinaire, will facilitate the discussion.  There is no need to register.  Just show up!