Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Art House Theater Day is here!

Saturday, September 24!

Art House Theater Day celebrates the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-round contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons, projectionists, and staff, and the brick and mortar theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experience.

Over 200 theaters are participating nationwide, and the Strand is one...

Come see us. The bar will be open, the popcorn will be fresh; we will have prizes, giveaways, activities... and films:

First we have...
2 Animation programs: 
Best of New York International Children's Film Festival 1&2
Saturday, September 24 

Program 1 at 11 AM
Program 2 at 12:15 PM

Bring your children, bring your grandchildren, bring your grandparents...
but come to the Strand Saturday, September 24 for these excellent shorts. Every year films for children from all over the world are brought together for the New York International Children's Film Festival. And every year the best of those films go on tour. We are lucky to have that tour of films making a stop here in Vicksburg as the opening program of the first ever Art House Theater Day.

The first group starts at 11 AM and is geared towards children ages 3 to 7. But the films are delightful for you as well.

At 12:15 PM we present a separate block of films for children 8 and up.

We will provide some snacks and activities to entertain you and the young ones.

 Your children or grandchildren deserve a trip to the movie theater on Saturday morning to see these terrific shorts.

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
downtown Vicksburg

Animation Tickets:
11 AM - $5 for adults
$2 for children under 16

12:15 PM - $5 for adults

$2 for children under 16
All-In- Pass: $25

Later that same day:

  Saturday afternoon at the Strand:
Terry Gilliam's 
Time Bandits
Saturday, September 24 
1:45 PM

Art House Theater Day 2016 continues with Terry Gilliam's wacky adventure film: Time Bandits.

Terry Gilliam and his Monty Python partners John Cleese and Michael Palin, along with Sean Connery and others, concoct a time traveling adventure that brings our young hero to meet Robin Hood, Napoleon, Agamemnon and the Supreme Being.

See this new restoration of a classic.

The first 36 attendees will receive their own Time Map just like the one in the movie, so they can attempt time travel themselves. Just think of the possibilities...

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
downtown Vicksburg

Time Bandits Tickets:
$5 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

$7 at the door
All-In- Pass: $25

And to add a little class to the day...

  Saturday afternoon at the Strand:
Verdi's Requiem
Saturday, September 24 
4:30 PM

It's Art House Theater Day afternoon at the Strand:

Mississippi's own Leontyne Price along with a young Luciano Pavorotti sing the beautiful Requiem. 

After the Requiem join us in the lobby for a reception featuring hor d'oeuvres from our favorite local restaurants.

Teatro Alla Scala di Milano

Recorded in 1967
Running Time: 1h 25min (85 min)


Conductor Herbert von Karajan
Director Henri-Georges Clouzot
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Alla Scala


Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Soprano Leontyne Price
Mezzosoprano Fiorenza Cossotto
Bass Nicolai Ghiaurov

Originally performed at La Scala in 1967 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Toscanini's death, this production with the orchestra and chorus of the Teatro alla Scala was presented in Moscow, Montreal and New York, in addition to Milan. It was recorded on film (35mm) in 1967, with the young Luciano Pavarotti replacing Carlo Bergonzi. 

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
downtown Vicksburg

Requiem Tickets: $12
All-In- Pass: $25

And the final event...

Travis Mills'
Porches & Private Eyes
Saturday, September 24 
6 PM Reception / 7 PM Film

The Strand's Art House Theater Day concludes with this independent comedy murder mystery made in Mississippi.

At 6 PM join us for a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres from our favorite local restaurants. Meet the director and members of the cast and crew of Porches and Private Eyes made in Brookhaven.

Ann Margaret, Patsy Lynn and Jenny Rose are not unlike most Southern women. They attend church on Sundays in their respective denominations, enjoy making and consuming a good Southern meal with sweet tea of course and... they have a little porch-sitting gossip circle.

But when Jimmy Preston, an eccentric in their small town, disappears and a new stranger in town named Paul West is the main suspect, the women turn from rumors to sleuthing to solve the mystery. In a journey that leads them from haunted mansions to the backwoods of Mississippi, these ladies have the time of their lives in this comedic murder-mystery, Porches and Private Eyes.

Travis will introduce the film and be available for a Q&A afterwards.
The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
downtown Vicksburg

Porches and Private Eyes Tickets:
$5 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$7 at the door 
All-In- Pass: $25

Monday, September 12, 2016

Dinner & a Movie - Indian Street Food and Sita Sings the Blues

Join us at the Strand on Friday, September 16 

for Dinner and a Movie

Chef Tom Ramsey is coming home to Vicksburg to feed us at the Strand. 
He and his crew will be serving "Indian Street food" on 
Friday, September 16 beginning at 6 PM 


Keema and Naan - Chicken on a stick with curry sauce and pan bread. - $8
Lamb Biryani - Spiced Lamb and Rice - $8
Lentil Samosas - Spiced Lentil Stuffed Pastries (Vegetarian) - $7

The meal will be followed by Nina Paley's Sita Sings the Blues, an eclectic animated film: "WHAT do a 3,000-year-old Sanskrit epic, a 20s-era jazz singer and Indonesian shadow puppets have in common? They re all part of the eclectic cultural tapestry that is Sita Sings the Blues, an 82-minute animated feature that combines autobiography with a retelling of the classic Indian myth the Ramayana, and that required its creator, the syndicated comic-strip artist Nina Paley, to spend three years transforming herself into a one-woman moving-picture studio:" New York Times

Film is $5 in advance & $7 at the door...
advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Film Saturday 8/27 and Opera Sunday, 8/28

Join us at the Strand for live theatre, art house films, and more...
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Film: Les Innocentes - Sat., Aug. 27 at 7

Opera onscreen: Lucia di Lammermoor - Sun., Aug. 28 at 2
It's a big international weekend at the Strand. Join us Saturday night for a French film set in Poland in the aftermath of World War 2. And on Sunday afternoon, a production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor from Liceu, Barcelona. Lucia also is set in the aftermaath of war.

Les Innocentes
Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and Mathilde is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic one night begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters' fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza, Ida). Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the new anti-Catholic Communist government, and facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their belief and traditions clash with harsh realities. 

Lucia di Lammermoor

Juan Diego Fl√≥rez makes his world debut as Edgardo, in one of 
Donizetti's most often performed operas. 

Recalling a country at war, torn by the ambitions of rival clans, 
the stage centers around a leaning glass tower in a landscape of  destruction and desolation.

The opera premiered on the 9th of September 1835 at the Teatro  San Carlo n Naples. The first performance at Barcelona's Liceu  was on September 15th 1859.

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus  of the Gran Teatre del Liceu

Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Opera in 3 acts
Composed by Gaetano Donizetti 
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano 
Sung in Italian with subtitles
Recorded 2015 at Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona 
Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes 
LUCIA di Lammermoor 
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona 

Les Innocentes: $5 advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $7 at the door
Lucia di Lammermoor: $15 advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $18 at the door

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Free: Hitchcock's Vertigo - Sat. Aug. 20 at 7 PM

Is Vertigo really the best film ever? 

Why is the movie free at the Strand Theatre this Saturday, August 20? 



Instead of asking us these questions, come to the Strand and see for yourself. 


In 2012 Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock's classic tale of obsession, replaced Citizen Kane as the Best Film ever made in the once-a- decade poll conducted by Sight and Sound magazine. It has been recently restored, and the Strand is presenting it free this Saturday, August 20 at 7 PM 

  Long considered a masterpiece, Vertigo stars Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak as a private eye and the  woman he is hired to follow. But nothing, as they say, is as it seems. 


 Love, obsession, betrayal, death...To the hypnotic, lush music of Bernard Herrmann, their dreamlike story plays out in and around San Francisco, one of America's most exotic cities. 


If you've never seen Vertigo, you need to; if you have, you will be surprised how great it looks and sounds. 


And, it's free... at the Strand in downtown Vicksburg

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Yo-Yo Ma - The Music of Strangers Sat. Aug. 13 at 7

Join us at the Strand for a new documentary about Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble:

Saturday, August 13 at 7 PM

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble , the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary  20 Feet from Stardom and the critically-hailed  Best of Enemies , follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble's more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. 

"...The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble is lovely to watch, it's even more beautiful to hear..." Ken Jaworowski New York Times

discount advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Film Sat. August 6 at 7 PM - Hunt for the Wilderpeople

At the Strand this week: From New Zealand: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hilarious, heartwarming film from New Zealand:
Hunt For the Wilderpeople
starring Sam Neill

Directed by: Taika Waititi

2016 SUNDANCE SELECTION Hunt for the Wilderpeople tells the story of misfit kid Ricky and his grumpy foster Uncle Hec. The unlikely duo evade child services and the law by going bush

"A sweetly-told, laugh-out-loud adventure that reminds us you're never too young or too old to find someone to love who'll also love you back." -Film School Rejects

"Taika Waititi knows growing up isn't child's play but he also respects childhood as a place of adventure, where spontaneity rules and the possibilities are only limited by imagination." -Eye For Film

"Comic Dynamite" -The Guardian

Watch trailer:

$5 advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $7 at the door

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Shakespeare Live (Onscreen) Sunday, July 31 at 2 PM

If you love PBS, you will certainly want to join us at the Strand to celebrate William Shakespeare on the occasion of the 400 anniversary of his death.

The program from the Royal Shakespeare Company was recorded earlier this year, and features Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, David Tennant, David Suchet, and more...

Hosted by David Tennant on Shakespeare’s birthday, and screened live from Stratford-upon-Avon, this star-studded show celebrates Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy. 

RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, has assembled a once-in-a-lifetime cast to perform in a unique tribute to the genius and influence of the world’s greatest playwright and storyteller. It includes: Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Al Murray, Alison Moyet, Noma Dumezweni, Ian Bostridge, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Paapa Essiedu, Pippa Nixon, Alexandra Gilbreath, Akala (Hip Hop Shakespeare), The Royal Ballet, English National Opera, The Orchestra Of The Swan and Birmingham Royal Ballet!

Watch the trailer...

$10 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse. $12 at the door.