Mahaiwe introducing new digital film equipment in March/April programming

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The Berkshire Eagle

GREAT BARRINGTON — Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center has a brand new digital cinema projection system and it's ready to show it off with five films in March and April.

"Thanks to our 2019 Mahaiwe gala auction participants, we've purchased and installed a new digital cinema projection (DCP) system, new screen, and new projection speakers," director of production and preservation Tristan Wilson said in a news release. "These upgrades improve the cinematic experience for our film screenings, as well as for our broadcasts of Met Opera Live in HD, London's National Theatre in HD, and Bolshoi Ballet in HD productions.

"Audience members will see a brighter, sharper image accompanied by Dolby surround sound, and we can now screen in all of the latest digital formats that our artists and non-profit partners are seeking for video projections and new films."

The movie programming begins 7 p.m. March 12 "Grumpy Old Men" with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, a 1993 comedy about the decades-old love-hate relationship between two neighbors.

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On March 26, the Mahaiwe will screen "The Blues Brothers" (1980) in recognition of the comedy's 40th anniversary. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd co-star as brothers Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues in a musical mission to save the orphanage where they were raised. The program begins at 7 p.m.

Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994) will screen 7 p.m. April 2. Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, "Pulp Fiction" is about two mob hit-men, a prizefighter, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits whose lives intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

There will be a matinee screening of the original "Toy Story" (1995) 4 p.m. April 23. This animated feature film is about the secret life of toys when people are not around.

Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" (1972) is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 30. Based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel, this now classic film about the Corleone mafia family stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and James Caan.

The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle St. Complete ticket information is available online at mahaiwe.org or by phone at 413-528-0100.


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