Monday, September 20, 2021



It's that time again. One of our most popular programs returns...
Saturday, September 25 at 7 PM
MANHATTAN SHORT is a celebration of short films and was established in 1998 on the streets of New York City. Today, it has transformed into a worldwide phenomenon. MANHATTAN SHORT screens 9 compelling shorts in 500+ cinemas simultaneously during the week of September 23 to October 3, 2021. MANHATTAN SHORT doesn’t have judges award the short films. Instead, they allow the audience (i.e. You) to be the judge. The audience votes for their choice of Best Film and Best Actor. Then on the last day of the festival, the short films with the most votes are announced as the winners. Manhattan Short is for film lovers who want to experience unique and riveting stories from all around the world. 
The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Ten are:
Death By Handshake (USA), Ganef (UK), Bad Omen (Afghanistan), Rough (Northern Ireland), Archibald's Syndrome (France), The Kicksled Choir (Norway), Closed to the Light (Italy), Out of Time (France) Aurora (USA) Monsieur Cachemire (Canada).
This is a hot ticket, so get yours soon. Seating is limited.
Tickets are $10 each and will be available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online:

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Van Gogh the Strand

Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers
Saturday, September 4 at 7 PM
The greatest story ever painted.
Directed by David Bickerstaff
Running time 85 mins
● A unique opportunity to see, as never before, this series of spectacular paintings.
● Features five of the famous Arles Sunflowers from collections in London, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Munich and Amsterdam.
Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers are among his most famous works, and are some of the most iconic paintings in the world. In an extraordinary exhibition, the Van Gogh Museum took a new and revealing look at the five publicly-owned versions of sunflowers in a vase. And once again, the Van Gogh museum opened its doors exclusively to Exhibition on Screen.
They are immediately recognisable, but our film goes beyond the surface to explore the many questions and mysteries that surround these works. Why, for example, did Van Gogh choose the exotic sunflower with its long stem and golden crown? Indeed, when did the flower itself arrive in Europe and how had previous artists reacted to it? What was Van Gogh trying to say with his works and how does that differ from version to version? And what secrets did scientists discover when they analysed the work in detail? All is revealed in this fascinating film, which travelled beyond Amsterdam to Tokyo, Philadelphia, London and Munich to film, in incredible high-definition detail, all five of the works.
Each painting is different and has its own unique story, spanning one of the most famous and turbulent periods in art history. All five paintings are also now considered to be in such a delicate state that there will never be a show with all five alongside one another ever again. Only in this film will you have a chance to see that on the screen – in our virtual exhibition. In doing so, the film brings to audiences many new levels of understanding both about the paintings and about Vincent van Gogh.

Tickets: $12. Available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and online at 

Sunday, August 22, 2021

2 movies: The Beatles Revolver plus Secret movie: The Love Witch...

Deconstructing the Beatles Revolver

Strand Theatre

Saturday, August 28 at 7 PM

We continue our series of lectures on film about Beatle albums with Deconstructing the Beatles Revolver. When we showed the Rubber Soul edition of this series Bill Justice approached me as soon as it ended to say he wanted to sponsor this next chapter.

In “Deconstructing The Beatles’ Revolver,” composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio with The Beatles as they create their seminal 1966 album, Revolver.
In many music polls, Revolver is rated the top album of all time. The 1966 album launched a period of studio experimentation for The Beatles that coincided with their decision to stop performing live. With memorable songs, such as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yellow Submarine,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” The Beatles pushed popular music to a place it had never been before.
This visual lecture on screen explores the groundbreaking production techniques that went into creating this landmark piece of music history. In addition to many of the tracks from Revolver, Mr. Freiman will also explore the creation of two other songs recorded during the same time period, “Paperback Writer” and “Rain.”
Mr. Freiman conducts an educational journey into the creative process of The Beatles performances and recording sessions.
Join us for this look into the Beatles' creativity. Advance tickets are $10 and will be available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse. or online: 

But there's more!!!!

Elissa Yeates has chosen the next film in our secret movie series...The Love Witch...

The Love Witch
Strand Theatre
Saturday, August 28 at 9:30 PM

Written, Produced, and Directed by: Anna Biller
Starring: Samantha Robinson, Gian Keys, Laura Waddell, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Jared Sanford, Robert Seeley, Jennifer Ingrum
Cinematography: M. David Mullen, A.S.C.
Exective Producer: Jared Sanford
Production and Costume Design: Anna Biller

In our latest secret movie, a modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, in a tribute to 1960s Technicolor thrillers.
Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to...well, come see it.
With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.

Seating is limited, so get your ticket in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse... or online:

Sunday, August 15, 2021

John Wayne in the Quiet Man


The Quiet Man

(presented by John and Lisa Martin)

Saturday, August 21 at 7 PM

at the Strand Theatre

If you miss it, you'll regret it til your dying day, if ever you live that long.

An Irish-American boxer moves to Erin after a ring tragedy and falls in love with a feisty colleen, the sister of a bullying squire who hates him for purchasing property he himself had his eye on.
Director: John Ford / 1952 / 129 minutes

John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen
Tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $10 in advance or online:

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Dead Poets Society coming to the Strand



Dead Poets Society

at the Strand

Saturday, August 14

at 7 PM

"Carpe diem!"
After a short break, movies are back at the Strand. We are starting with a modern classic: Dead Poets Society with Robin Williams.

A charismatic English teacher enlivens his staid prep-school students with unconventional methods.
Director: Peter Weir / 1989 / Rating: PG / 128 minutes
Cast: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen
"No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world."
"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for." Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society)
Many thanks to David Rorick Real Estate Photography for sponsoring this film.

Tickets are $10 and advance purchase is highly recommended due to limited seating. Tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Little Shop of Horrors coming to the Strand (finally)


After months of on-again-off-again, it's on!!! The Westside Theatre Foundation presents 
Little Shop of Horrors
Live onstage.

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination.

Brian Sessums as Seymour Krelborn
Alex Long as Audrey
Mark Jourdan as Mr. Mushnik
Patrick Wallace as Orin Scrivello
Reba Causey as Ronette
Renee Irons as Crystal
Jai Dobson as Chiffon
Daniel Boone as the voice of the plant

Advance Admission: $20
Seating is limited, so we encourage advance purchase of tickets.

Available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online:

Friday, July 16 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 17 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 18 at 4 PM

Friday, July 23 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 25 at 4 PM

Monday, July 5, 2021

John & Lisa Martin present: Bringing Up Baby


John & Lisa Martin present

Bringing Up Baby
Saturday, July 10 at 7 PM

Black and White
100 min
A classic screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn
David Huxley, an archaeologist, is waiting to get a bone he needs for his museum collection. Through a series of strange circumstances, he meets Susan Vance, and the duo have a series of misadventures which include a leopard called Baby.
Director Howard Hawks
Cast Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett, Barry Fitzgerald, May Robson, Fritz Feld
Seating is limited, so advance tickets are recommended:

Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183