Dietrich Theater

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It's a Wonderful Life
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Tuesday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Ace-Robbins Inc.
Enjoy three free showings of this classic holiday film. Admission, popcorn and soda are free. Seating is first come, first served and is limited. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.

Dietrich movie gift bags make pefect gifts for anyone on your list!  Please stop by the Dietrich during scheduled movie times to pick yours up today!


At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

They were all there. Mamma and Pappa, Aunt Lettie of the beautiful voice, Aunt Jule with the wry sense of humor, Grandma Fichtmann, who told me scary stories and Grandpa Fichtmann who made me his princess, Aunt Evvie who smelled like flowers and the tragic Aunt Gladys. Gathered in one place as if it were New Year’s Eve, 1955, or a summer’s night when a party just seemed like a good idea. Jennie and I stood back, Christmas wreaths in hand, and looked at the graves. Pappa had been gone twenty-five years, Mamma fifteen. How could that be? How could they have been gone so long and still be so much with us?

     My sister is an expert at wrapping the wreaths with twine and fastening them to the gravestones, so that from a few feet away they look magically suspended and as festive as a tombstone can ever look. Fifteen minutes or so and we were done and the graves looked Christmassy, and most importantly, as if they were loved. And they were. And still are.
     When Jennie and I were small girls, we were fascinated by a small stone near my grandparents grave. It was a lamb, sitting alone amongst the larger gray stones, the grave of a wee girl, dead before we were born. We would sit by it as if we could give comfort somehow, fascinated by her too brief time on this earth. Back then her grave had flowers and small toys. But now, so many years later, just the little lamb, smaller even than in memory, the caretakers most likely gone to join her. Dear little lamb.
     When I was a rebellious teenager I thought going to the graves to “visit a bunch of dead people who don’t even know you’re there” was a terrible inconvenience. I had things to do. Important things. Nails to polish. Hair to set. “But they don’t even know we’re here,” I’d tell my mother. Endlessly. Boringly.
     And I was probably right. I doubt they knew then or know now that we are there, decorating all we have left for the season. But of course, that is completely irrelevant. We tend the graves for the living, not for the dead. Because for that bit of time that we are there, fussing about them, prettying them up, talking to them, it’s all about us. It’s about feeling their presence, paying homage, about saying thank-you, Mamma, for all the times you sat with me when I was sick, for the best Christmasses and birthdays any child could have and for the wonderful chocolate cake you made with the white fluffy icing that took such a long time to make but I loved it and so you always made it no matter how tired you were, and thank you Pappa for teaching me to ride my bike and making me aware of all the little things that live in the woodlands that we need to respect and for being funny and sitting on the lawn chair and waiting for us after we were long moved away with our own young families and looking up when the car pulled into the driveway and smiling this forever smile and even when you were so, so sick, getting up off that chair and saying – “Hey, babe, good to see you! Glad you came!” as if this visit was the best thing in the world, ever.
     And so we tend those graves because for just those few moments we can give a little back. We can gather you round us, although, truthfully, you are always with us, because we loved you so and love is eternal, no matter what the cynics may say. And because we humans need to fuss over that which we love. Tending to the graves is never a bother, it is a comfort, a time when we can remember and hold them close. And fuss a bit over them the way they always fussed over us. Oh these holidays. So happy. So melancholy.
     Great movies at the Dietrich this weekend. Lincoln and The Hobbit! Run, don’t walk, to the best little movie theater in the world!
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

December 7, 2012 -
December 24, 2012

November 9, 2012 -
December 13, 2012

November 21, 2012 -
December 13, 2012

Rise of the Guardians 3D
November 23, 2012 -
December 16, 2012

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

THE HOBBIT: An Unexpected Journey
December 14, 2012 -
January 10, 2013

December 14, 2012 -
December 24, 2012

Les Miserables
December 25, 2012 -
January 15, 2013

December 14, 2012 -
December 27, 2012

December 19, 2012 -
January 1, 2013

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

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

Stories From Around the World
January 19, 2013

Open Mic Night - January 25
January 25, 2013

Ragtime from Barrelhouse to Broadway
January 27, 2013

Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of PA
February 2, 2013

Wyoming County Reads - Ragtime
March 6, 2013 - March 6, 2013

February - Dance Films & Lessons
February 10, 2013 - February 24, 2013

Open Mic Night - February 22
February 22, 2013

Under the Big Top
February 23, 2013

Dietrich Theater Auditions
March 2, 2013 - March 3, 2013

The Power of Story
March 10, 2013

Open Mic Night - March 22
March 22, 2013

Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern PA
March 23, 2013

Spring 2013 Film Festival
April 5, 2013

Philadelphia Bus Trip to the Barnes
April 11, 2013

Tom Knight Puppet Show
April 17, 2013

Auntie Mame - Live Theatre!
April 24, 2013 - April 28, 2013

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Holiday Camp
December 27, 2012 - December 28, 2012

After School Theatre Arts
February 23, 2013

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 5- 8
February 8, 2013 - March 1, 2013

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 9 -12
February 6, 2013 - February 27, 2013

Creative Characters From Paper to Puppets
April 9, 2013 - May 7, 2013

Little People & Nature - Tuesdays
March 5, 2013 - March 26, 2013

Little People & Nature - Wednesdays
March 6, 2013 - March 27, 2013

Mixed Media ages 5 - 8 - January 2013
January 11, 2013 - February 1, 2013

Mixed Media, ages 5 - 8 - March 2013
March 8, 2013 - March 29, 2013

Mixed Media, ages 9-12 - January 2013
January 9, 2013 - January 16, 2013

Mixed Media, ages 9-12 - March 2013
March 6, 2013 - March 27, 2013

Movement & Storytelling for Preschoolers
February 6, 2013 - February 27, 2013

Preschool Mixed Media - January 2013
January 10, 2013 - January 31, 2013

Preschool Mixed Media
March 7, 2013

Preschool Pottery & Sculpture
February 7, 2013 - February 28, 2013

Quilting for Kids
January 9, 2013 - March 27, 2013

Writing Your Hat Off: Creative Writing for Kids
March 5, 2013 - March 26, 2013

Quilting for Everyone
January 9, 2013 - March 27, 2013

Decorative Painting
January 16, 2013 - March 27, 2013

Design a Painted Silk Scarf
March 18, 2013

Eating for Health
February 21, 2013 - March 14, 2013

Fused Glass Artistry
February 25, 2013 - March 4, 2013

Intro to Resin Molded Jewelry
March 11, 2013

Introduction to Felting
February 7, 2013 - February 21, 2013

Jewelry Making: Beaded Necklace & Bracelet
March 5, 2013

Kundalini Yoga
January 19, 2013 - May 18, 2013

Little Leather Luxuries
February 11, 2013

Locker Hooking for Beginners
February 7, 2013

Loom Beading Basics
January 28, 2013

February 5, 2013 - February 26, 2013

Open Studio for Drawing, Painting & Sculpture
January 8, 2013 - March 26, 2013

Recycled Glass Artwork
January 7, 2013 - March 25, 2013

Rev Up Your Immune System with Kundalini Yoga
January 15, 2013

Simply Yoga
January 2, 2013 - March 20, 2013

Writers' Group
December 13, 2012 - March 28, 2013

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

 Live at the Dietrich for December 12, 2012

When ranking the most beloved Christmas movies of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life definitely tops the list. And there is nothing quite like watching it on the Dietrich’s big screen. You hear the pops and crackles on the film, plus it makes you feel as if you’ve been transported to Bedford Falls. Please join us on Wednesday, December 18 for three free showings of this classic movie. Show times will be at 2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. For many, watching this Frank Capra film is part of their holiday tradition. We see so many families come back year after year for this special day. In addition to free admission to It’s a Wonderful Life, popcorn and soda are also free. You can’t beat that! We would like to thank Ace-Robbins for sponsoring It’s A Wonderful Life this year. 
Another event that is coming up is our annual Holiday Camp. Young artists between the ages of five and twelve are welcome to explore the arts in this two-day camp. Under the direction of artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley, children will learn to throw pots on potter’s wheels, create sculptures, and design 3-D collages out of recycled household items. Classes will be held on Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Admission is $25. This class would make a great Christmas present, and class gift certificates are available. To register for Holiday Workshop, please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.
If your child is more interested in theatre arts, the Dietrich will be offering the program After School Theatre Arts for middle school and high school students in the new year. Starting on January 2 and running through February 23, students will experience all aspects of theatre. They will create their own script, props and costumes and learn about stage managing, movement, lighting and sound. Students will meet at the Dietrich on Wednesday and Thursdays from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The class series will culminate with a live performance on the Dietrich stage. Led by drama coach Jennifer Jenkins, this year’s theme is "Under the Big Top". Admission is free. To register, please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500. After School Theatre Arts has been sponsored by the Wells Fargo Foundation, Fern and Bob Boyce, the Overlook Estate Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. 
We will also be starting up a new yoga series in 2013. Registered yoga teacher, Donna Fetzko will be presenting Simply Yoga at the theater on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. beginning on January 2. Classes are suitable for all levels of ability, presented in a user-friendly, safe and effective YogaFit style. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes, bring a mat, towel, or blanket, water…and to be prepared to enjoy the enlightening experience of yoga. Admission is $60 for a series of six consecutive classes or drop in at $15 per class. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to register.
And I would be remiss if I did not extend a big thank you to all of you who made the Dietrich’s Homemade Christmas Cook Walk such a big success. We are grateful to all of you who organized the fundraiser, baked and donated cookies, volunteered at the event, and purchased containers of cookies. All proceeds from the walk will be used to support children’s programming at the theater.