Having recently begun its new campaign to sustain 16mm (celluloid) exhibition in the digital age, the (suspended) Newman Center Film Series-on-Indefinite Tour is heading across Plattsburgh. Following an inaugural Halloween-night success at City Well downtown, starring two Dracula classics for the price of one, our next stop will be the spacious dining/entertainment room in Meron’s Restaurant, 110 Bailey Ave. (corner of Bailey and Beekman across from the Methodist Church), Saturday, Nov. 14th.
So what’s on the marquee? 2021 will mark the 80th birthday of what some cine-historians consider the greatest movie ever made, “Citizen Kane,” and I’ve been thinking, why not celebrate it a year early? With 2020 shaping up, or rather down, to be arguably the worst year on historical record, we’ll all be retrospectively grabbing at straws to recall any point of positivity about it. Longtime public servant to a fault, I figured if there’s anything I personally could do to help illuminate the darkness in question, my forthcoming humble gesture on behalf of the celebrated (soon-to-be) octagenarian would fit the bill.
“Seriously, that gawdawful 2020 had practically nothing going for it,” folks will be saying come Jan. 1st. “But at least Andy MacDougall bumped forward his 80th-birthday party for Citizen Kane, so things could’ve been even worse.”
Aw, shucks, I’m blushing already. Again that’s Saturday, Nov. 14th at Meron’s. Showtime 7 pm. Open to all free of charge, with donations welcome.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this event can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests.