WILLIAMSTOWN — Images Cinema has kept the spirit of theater alive throughout the coronavirus pandemic by offering films online and delivering popcorn, along with other snacks, but now will put people’s movie knowledge to the test.
On Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m., Images is hosting a virtual movie trivia night.
“I’ve been playing online trivia since the pandemic began, and one night it clicked,” said Doug Jones, the executive director at Images. “We all have to be creative about what we do to overcome the challenges [of the pandemic]. This is a great way to raise money for the theater and provide something people can do together safely.”
Tickets cost $25 per team, and teams can consist of up to six people. The money raised directly will support the theater and help make up for lost income because of the pandemic. Images shut its doors March 15, and a reopening date is yet to be announced.
From the golden age of film to the teen film hits of the 1990s, trivia night will cover it all. The event will consist of four rounds — two of them will feature general knowledge questions — before transitioning to picture and clip rounds.
“No one will know every question,” Jones said. “That is what is great about doing trivia with a team; you’re pulling your talents together. The hope is, this will give people a fun night.”
Between rounds, each team will be sent to “virtual break rooms” where contestants can catch up with teammates.
“Because of the Zoom-based nature of this, you can get your college roommates who are across the country,” Jones said. “This is an excuse to get together with friends you don’t get to see often, even in normal circumstances.”
The nonprofit cinema, which originally opened Nov. 30, 1916, cut its staff from about 12 to just three because of the pandemic, but has worked to keep alive the spirit of theater in the Berkshires.
“If this goes well, it could certainly become a regular thing,” Jones said. “In November, when the theater celebrates its birthday, we normally would have some special event to bring people together at the theater. Every year is a momentous occasion.
“[Since closing down] we’ve been thinking about what we can do online to combine the idea of a movie theater that has been around for 100 years and this new virtual environment we are in.”
Tickets, along with a variety of films, are available at imagescinema.org.