The Fishers Island Community Center began hosting movie nights during the off season in 2018 thanks to a new projection system.
A hearty group of ten people braved the cold and slippery snow storm and came to the Community Center at 7:00 PM on Thursday, November 15, 2018 for the first movie in the Classic Movie Series and watched The Philadelphia Story with Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart. The Community Center’s new projection and sound system was fantastic and everyone complimented David Hoch on his educated and interesting commentary on the film.
The Friday after Thanksgiving drew a larger crowd for Miracle on 34th Street, a wonderful old classic to get us in the Holiday mood. Karla Heath and Jo Sochi surprised us with warm apple cider and Christmas cookies.
The series continued on Thursday, November 29th at 7:00 with Gunfight at the OK Corral with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. David gave us a great introduction to the westerns as a genre, as well as the general story line of the real gunfight at the OK corral involving famous western lawman Wyatt Earp and his friend gunman Doc Holliday. After the movie, David shared with us what was true and what was untrue. We also enjoyed Cowboy “Caviar” and Cowboy Cookies!
The Big Sleep (film noire) was shown on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 pm and Harvey was shown on December 12th after our Community Dinner.
Next up is Camelot on December 20th. Unfortunately, we had a problem with our projection system so we couldn’t show My Darling Clementine on December 27th. We will reschedule this one.
We rang in the 2019 New Year. . .
with The Guns of Navarone on Thursday, January 3rd. January 11th brought Some Like it Hot and we showed our first Hitchcock classic, Rear Window. Yankee Doodle Dandy was shown on the 24th and followed by The Searchers on January 31st. We kicked off February with the 1942 wartime drama/romance Mrs Miniver, and we followed up with another war drama, The Best Years of our Lives on Friday, February 15th at 7:00. We showed King Solomon’s Mines, a 1950 adventure movie, on February 21st to a good sized crowd. On Thursday, February 28th we closed out the month with Dr Strangelove, the 1964 Stanley Kubrick classic.
March brought On the Waterfront (1954) and we had record numbers in attendance. On Friday, March 15th we showed High Noon with Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. Thursday, March 21st brought Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. On Thursday, March 28th we showed It happens Every Spring from 1949.
The schedule was extended into spring . . .
April kicked off with Singin’ in the Rain and on Friday April 12th we showed a contemporary movie, The Post (2018). Thursday the 18th brought The Robe to coincide with Easter.
May began out west showing Shane (1953) with Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Jack Palance (Oscar winner), Directed by George Stevens. And, on Friday, May 10 we had another Contemporary Night featuring The Shape of Water (2018) with (Best Picture Oscar), Sally Hawkins (Oscar winner), Michael Shannon, Directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Thursday, May 16th brought Bringing up Baby. Thursday, May 23 we showed In the Heat of the Night. May 30th brought the classic Vertigo.
June 6th showcased Mister Roberts. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen will be showing on Friday, June 14, followed by The Magnificent Seven on Thursday, June 20th. Our final movie presented at the Community Center this season will be 1957’s Witness for the Prosecution on June 27th.
Summer Movie Nights . . .
NOTE: The Classic Movie Nights are presented at the Fishers Island Theater during the summer.