In anticipation of the Little Art Theatre’s closing for major renovations, the historic Yellow Springs movie house is planning to screen some of its most beloved films.
The Last Reel Film Festival kicks off Friday, April 26, and runs through Tuesday, April 30. The movies, selected for their popularity over the last 50 years, are “King of Hearts” (unrated, 1966); “Harold and Maude” (PG, 1971); “ET” (PG, 1982); “Cinema Paradiso” (PG, 1988); and “Amelie” (R, 2001). Organizers say the final show, “Cinema Paradiso,” is “a film about movies, memories, love and a small theater in a Sicilian village — a fitting way to say farewell to the Little Art’s vintage Italian reel-to-reel projectors.”
The theater’s 2012 capital campaign raised $475,000 to make the industry-mandated transition to digital projection. The theater, which has operated continuously since 1929, will close immediately after the festival for several months. In addition to the transformation to digital technology, the lobby and auditorium will be renovated.
During the festival, the Little Art’s lobby will exhibit original work by the late Dick Miller, an artist who painted custom posters for the theater from the 1950s through the 1980s. A selection of monthly program guides will be on display, and ticket prices also will reflect the past: $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for children under 12, seniors, and college students with ID and $6 for matinees.
Those who arrive in a Little Art T-shirt will receive a free drink, and audiences will be invited to share memories of the Little Art on a memory wall and on Facebook. A full festival schedule is available online at www.littleart.com or by calling (937) 767-7671.