Friday, February 3, 2012

New hopes for an old cinema...

When I was a kid I spent many an hour in the dark in the Strand Theater in downtown Vicksburg as classic and not so classic films flickered there before me. For decades no movies were screened in this all but forgotten space. Now the Strand has been rediscovered and put back into service by Jack Burns and his many volunteers of the Westside Theatre Foundation, who are staging plays and performances there.

It is our hope to add screenings of classic films, art films, independent films, documentaries, and foreign language films to the mix, returning this space to its original function. To have a vital cultural center in Vicksburg's downtown is a valuable asset to all of us for whom the area is our neighborhood, as well as all those who can now come downtown for entertainment. The tourist or other visitor also has more choices during their stays in our town.

Spring 2012 offerings at the Strand:

The Fairy
Gone with the Wind
The Wind Journeys

Fall 2012:

Strandfest: a festival of foreign language films from Filmmovement (in celebration of their tenth anniversary.)
The Day I Saw Your Heart
King of Devil's Island
Only When I Dance
The Drummer

The Well Digger's Daughter

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (with live music by Moving Machines) - Halloween - Wednesday, October 31

The Mystery of Picasso (presented by the Vicksburg Art Association)

Breakfast at Tiffany's presented outdoors at The Southern Cultural Heritage Center (sponsored by SCHF) 


  1. Hey,

    I recently just became acquainted with the Westside Theatre Foundation. Im looking forward to their next show. I just recently moved to Vicksburg, and am a Software Engineer at Mav6. I think having a place which promotes the arts is immensely needed. Films and Plays are wonderful. I would also add that it would be cool to attract musicians, and bands. Sorta similar to whats happening at the Lyric in oxford, maybe on a smaller scale. Also, itd be cool if it were presented in the vain of fostering creativity, something im not experiencing often when i hear music at the bars.

    - Jamie

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