Thursday, December 5, 2019

It's Funding Time Again...

It's time again to consider supporting our efforts to bring great stuff to downtown Vicksburg. Like what? Cutting edge international and independent films, classic films (including several free movies), documentaries, live conversations with filmmakers, community theater, Sunday afternoon onscreen opera and ballet from European stages, recorded Broadway Musicals, live musical and dance performances: all this and more is right here in downtown Vicksburg at the historic Strand Theatre.

Why we do it: The Westside Theatre Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) dedicated to providing Vicksburg a place to gather to share cultural events: programs that are entertaining, but also thought provoking and conversation fueling. We believe there is no reason a small town like Vicksburg cannot have world class films and other programming. Our goal is to make Vicksburg a better place for us to live, and to make it a more attractive place for people considering moving here.

Our mission is made possible by tax free contributions and memberships.

Please consider supporting our efforts.

Thank you for your consideration and support,

Friday, November 22, 2019

Casablanca at the Strand the day after Thanksgiving

Friday, November 29 at 7:30 PM 
Casablanca at the Strand

Everyone Comes to Rick's once more for one of the most loved of all American movies:
Casablanca. Rick, Ilsa, Louis, and a wonderful cast of colorful characters will play it
again just for us. Have your turkey sandwich and leftovers at home and come on
downtown to the Strand to see Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sidney
Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson, Paul Henried, Conrad Veidt, and all the rest of this terrific
cast when they come to Rick's one more time.

“…Here’s looking at you, kid.”

"Play it, Sam..."

“It’s still the same old story/ A fight for love and glory...”

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…”

“Round up the usual suspects.”

"The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.”

“What is your nationality?” “…I’m a drunkard.”

“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here!”

“You know what I want to hear. … You played it for her, you can play it for me!”
“…Well, I don’t think I can remember…” “If she can stand it, I can! Play it!”

“We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca.
We got it back last night.”

“Here’s looking at you, kid.”

“Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

$6 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$8 at the door

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Jazz at the Strand

Dr. David Miller brings his smokin' Jazztet to the Stage of the Strand for live Jazz:

Friday, November 15 at 8 PM

Tickets available at the door: $15

Cash Bar. 

Don't miss it!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Raising Arizona
(presented by Dr. Robert Bernard)
Friday, November 8 at 7 PM
It's that time of year again: Bob and Fran have chosen their movie of the year. Join us at the Strand on Friday, Nov. 8 for the Coen Brother's Raising Arizona.

Expect the unexpected from the innovative creators of Blood Simple! Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter star as an unconventional couple-she's a cop and he's a convenience store bandit-whose overwhelming desire for a child leads them to redefine the rules of parenthood.

Director Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Cast Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe

Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

$6 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $8 at the door.
And...More Coen Brothers: Oh, Brother Where Art Thou at SCHF Thursday
Here's a message from the SCHF: Join us Thursday, November 7th at 6:00 p.m. for the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Annual Meeting 25th Anniversary Celebration in the SCHC Auditorium. We will start the night with a cocktail hour from 6-7 pm. Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers will be performing and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. At 7:15 pm we will have a special showing of O Brother, Where Art Thou? Tickets are $15/person and reservations must be made in advance.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Halloween night at the Strand: a movie and Rocky!

Halloween movie
Thursday, October 31
at 8 PM
(followed by Rocky Horror at midnight)
Join us at the Strand after Trick or Treating for an unsettling movie in the Halloween spirit: Midsommar.

Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight..

Watch the trailer:

$6 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $8 at the door.
Rocky Horror 
at Midnight after the movie. Do the Time Warp again while you still can...

It's back one last time! Yes Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show returns to the stage of the Strand Theatre with old friends as well as fresh blood as they attempt, once more, to answer the question: "They can't really do that here, can they."

Answer: Fasten your seatbelt...

Brad, Janet, Dr. Scott, Eddie, Magenta, Columbia, Riff Raff, the Transylvanians, and of course, Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Rocky himself will be at the Strand to do the Time Warp. Again.

Your presence is required.

"Like a late night double feature picture show...'

'I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey...'

'Dammit Janet!'

'The master is having one of his affairs...'

'I'm just a sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania...'

'We'll say where we are and go back to the car...'

'He thought you were the Candyman...''

'I see you shiver with antici...pation...'

'You're a hotdog, but you better not try to hurt her, Frankfurter...'

'Come up to the lab, see what's on the slab...'

'In just 7 days, I can make you a man...'

'And crawling on the planet's face, some insects called the human race. Lost in time, and lost in space... and meaning'

'It's just a jump to the left! And then a step to the riiiight!'

Get $15 tickets for Rocky online or come by Highway 61 Coffeehouse for advance discount price.

$20 at the door...

Monday, October 21, 2019

Free Documentary: My Beautiful Stutter at the Strand Tuesday at 6

Free documentary 
sponsored by Jubilee Therapy
My Beautiful Stutter

Tuesday, October 22 
at 6 PM
If you stutter or have a friend or relative who does, you will want to see this uplifting film.

My Beautiful Stutter follows five kids who stutter, ages 9 to 18, from all over the United States and all walks of life, who, after experiencing a lifetime of bullying and stigmatization, meet other children who stutter at an interactive arts-based program, The Stuttering Association for the Young, based in New York City. Their journey to SAY find some close to suicide, others withdrawn and fearful, exhausted and defeated from failed fluency training, societal pressures to not stutter or the decision to remain silent. Over the course of a year we witness first hand the incredible transformation that happens when these young people of wildly different backgrounds experience for the first time the revolutionary idea at the heart of SAY: that it's okay to stutter.

Come help us celebrate National Stuttering Awareness Day and preview the new movie My Beautiful Stutter produced by Paul Rudd in Vicksburg. Come follow the lives of these young men and women as they learn to live as a person who stutters and learn that IT'S OKAY TO STUTTER!

This is a free event!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Rocky's Back!!!

It's back! Yes Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show returns to the stage of the Strand Theatre with old friends as well as fresh blood as they attempt, once more, to answer the question: "They can't really do that here, can they."

Answer: Fasten your seatbelt...

Brad, Janet, Dr. Scott, Eddie, Magenta, Columbia, Riff Raff, the Transylvanians, and of course, Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Rocky himself will be at the Strand to do the Time Warp. Again.

Your presence is required.

"Like a late night double feature picture show...'

'I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey...'

'Dammit Janet!'

'The master is having one of his affairs...'

'I'm just a sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania...'

'We'll say where we are and go back to the car...'

'He thought you were the Candyman...''

'I see you shiver with antici...pation...'

'You're a hotdog, but you better not try to hurt her, Frankfurter...'

'Come up to the lab, see what's on the slab...'

'In just 7 days, I can make you a man...'

'And crawling on the planet's face, some insects called the human race. Lost in time, and lost in space... and meaning'

'It's just a jump to the left! And then a step to the riiiight!'

Friday, October 18 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 25 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 PM
Halloween Midnight Show: Thursday, October 31 at 11:59 PM

$15 discount advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online at Brown Paper Tickets

$20 at the door.

Monday, October 7, 2019

2 movies plus live music all in one weekend at the Strand

The Strand has 2 programs in one Fall Weekend...

October 12 • 7 PM
that Elton John movie

This biopic focuses on Elton John's early years and his meteoric rise to fame in the 1970s.
It dwells on his relationships with his parents, his enduring partnership with lyricist
Bernie Taupin, and his romantic relationships.

See the trailer:

Dexter Fletcher

Production year


Advance tickets: $6 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $8 at the door

And Sunday afternoon:

October 13 • 5 PM
Great movie + Live Music! 

Old Time Music comes to the Strand in downtown Vicksburg on Sunday afternoon.
Come see a movie and hear some great live music by the Mississippi Echoes String Band. 

First at 5 PM: Sister filmmakers, Julie Simone and Vicki Vlasic return to their
Appalachian roots to film at the world's oldest Fiddler's Convention in Galax, Virginia..
With multiple generations jamming together, Fiddlin' is a love-letter to American roots
and the uplifting power of music.”

see the trailer:

"A wonderful, emotional look at America's most enduring music."
- Steve Martin

"I love this movie. It opened my heart and made me want to start fiddling."
- Peter Farelly

"This film must be seen….America needs to know where it’s music comes from."
- Quincy Jones

If you like fiddles, guitars, banjos, and mandolins, this is the movie and concert for you.

After the movie we will have the real thing: 
The Mississippi Echoes String Band featuring:
Tim Avalon—fiddle
Sandra Melsheimer—fiddle
Rob Anders—banjo
Joyce Mullens—bass
Mary Fitzgerald—Guitar

It's going to be a fun Sunday. Movie and live music all for one  money: $10.
Advance Tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.

MANHATTAN SHORT results are in!

SYLVIA Drives Away with the Gold Medal at MANHATTAN SHORT 2019

Sylvia, written and directed by Richard Prendergast (United Kingdom), is the Gold Medal Winner of the 2019 Manhattan Short Film Festival. Sylvia is the fact-based story of the deep meaning one car had to a family, a tale that resonated with viewers around the world. Nefta Football Club, directed by Yves Piat of France, won the Silver Medal for its hilarious depiction of a cocaine smuggling operation gone wrong. This Time Away, written and directed Magali Barbe, also of the UK, wins the Bronze Medal for its story of an aging man whose spirits are raised by a robotic companion. The Best Actor Award goes to veteran thespian John Standing for his performance in A Family Affair. The global audience has voted. Congratulations to all the winners!
The Strand vote vs. the Global vote
There was only one difference between the Strand voting and the worldwide totals: The top 2 were reversed.
Strand number 1. Nefta Football Club (Global: Sylvia)
Strand number 2. Sylvia (Global: NEFTA Football Club)
Strand & Global number 3.  This Time Away
Strand & Global: Best Actor: John Standing from A Family Affair

Many thanks to John and Lisa Martin of Martin's at Midtown for hosting the "after party" and for all their sponsorship for this event and the support they give the Strand the entire year.

Friday, October 4, 2019


Come to the Strand. Watch the films. Vote for the best.


MANHATTAN SHORT announces the Final Ten selections for its 22nd Annual Short Film Festival, a worldwide event taking place in over 400 venues across six continents between September 26th and October 6, 2019. MANHATTAN SHORT is the only event of its kind. The Final Ten are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by MANHATTAN SHORT, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified.

The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from seven countries with films from France, Iran, Canada, Germany, and Finland alongside two films from USA and a record three from the United Kingdom. These Final ten films represent the best short films among 1250 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2019, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

MANHATTAN SHORT continues to be a premier showcase for female directors with five of the Final Ten films directed by woman, including ine from Iran. This year's Final Ten represent an extraordinary range of film genres that includes intimate dramas, spine-tingling suspense, and hilarious comedies, as well as genre surprises like a pair of science fiction films and one that focuses on tennis. "A narrative short film on sports is as rare as a centaur sighting," notes Pia Andell, director of the The Match.

This year's Final Nine represent an extraordinary range of film genres that includes intimate dramas; fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War II epic; a film shot entirely underwater and a comedy as part of the MANHATTAN SHORT program.

The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Ten are:
Nefta Football Club (France), Debris (USA), Driving Lessons (Iran),Tipped (Canada) Sylvia (United Kingdom), The Match (Finland), This Time Away (UK), Malou (Germany), A Family Affair (UK), At The End of the World (USA)

Watch the trailer:

And... Martin's at Midtown is once again hosting our "after party". Have a drink while we count the ballots and announce the Strand's winners. Thanks: John and Lisa.

Tickets are $10. Available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and the door.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Linda Ronstadt & Monty Python / 2 movies for the price of 2

Saturday, September 28 • 7 PM
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Since bursting onto the music scene in 1967, Linda Ronstadt has been an icon for more than 50 years.  Her extraordinary vocal range and ambition created unforgettable songs across rock, pop, country, folk ballads, American standards, classic Mexican music and soul.  As the most popular female recording artist of the 1970s, Ronstadt filled huge arenas like no one had ever done and produced an astounding eleven Platinum albums.  Ronstadt was the first artist to top the Pop, Country, and R&B charts simultaneously, she won 10 Grammy ® Awards on 26 nominations and attained a level of stardom the Tucson native never could have fathomed.

In LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, Ronstadt is our guide through her early
years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and her reign as the “rock queen” of the ‘70s and early ’80s.  She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry; an early advocate for human rights, and had a high-profile romance with California governor Jerry Brown.  Ultimately, her incredible voice was lost to Parkinson’s disease, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever.  With moving performance footage and appearances by collaborators including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE celebrates an artist whose desire to share the music she loved made generations of fans fall inlove with her — and the sound of her voice...

And then...
for something completely different...

Saturday, September 28 • 9:30 PM
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

"It's just a flesh wound." • "Bring out yer dead!" • "Your mother was a hamster and your
father smelled of elderberries!" • 'We are the Knights who say ni!' • And all the rest is
coming to the Strand.

Tickets are $6 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and $8 at the door for each of these shows.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Men of the West - Weekend Western Movie Festival at the Strand

The Strand Theatre and Running Wild Films present
Men of the West
a weekend of Western movies and more  
with special guest: 
Mitchell Ryan

September 20 - 22 

The Strand Theatre & Running Wild Films are excited to present our first Western Film Festival:  Men of the West featuring 4 Western classics, a special guest: Mitchell Ryan, other programs, and free popcorn!  

Feature Film:
Friday, September 20 / 7:00 PM
Directed by Richard Brooks

Opening night film: A contrasting group of riders enter a 700-mile horse marathon across Southwest America. Mutual feelings of distrust  and a difficult race through the desert puts each rider up to the ultimate test. Filmed in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico. 

(Watch trailer)

Cast: Gene Hackman, James Coburn, Candice Bergen, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen, Jan-Michael Vincent. (Swank) 

This showing is a tribute to Jan-Michael Vincent who lived in Vicksburg until his death earlier this year.

Saturday September 21 / 8 AM :  open casting call for 12 Westerns in 12 Months until Noon.


Feature Film:
Saturday, September 21 / 2 PM
Directed by Anthony Mann

Matinee -  Gary Cooper, in his last great role, portrays a former outlaw whose past returns to haunt him when he is forced by his old gang to participate in a train robbery. 

Julie London and Lee J. Cobb co-star. (Park Circus) 

Introduction by Travis Mills of Running Wild Films discussing the connection between this Western and the horror genre.  


(Watch the trailer)

Saturday / 4 PM

Free Admission

Featuring two of Running Wild Films’ Western shorts RANCH HANDS and THE OUTLAW, THE SHERIFF, and THE GOVERNOR accompanied by two Western silent classics.  

Saturday / 6 PM 
Festival pass holders ONLY mingle with festival guest/actor Mitchell Ryan. Complimentary snacks will be available.

Feature Film:
Saturday / 7 PM
Directed by William A. Fraker

In this western adventure, two aging cowboys are finding the end of the Wild West hard to come to terms with; when one is shot by an old adversary; the other sets out on a last adventure to avenge his friend's death. Filled with richly drawn characters and magnificent photography.  


(Here's some clips)

With Lee Marvin, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Palance, Mitchell Ryan. (Hollywood Classics USA)   

Featuring an introduction / Q&A with festival guest Mitchell Ryan 

Sunday, September 22 / 2 PM
Selection of Readings from the 12 Westerns in 12 Months. (Free admission)

Feature Film: 
Sunday / 6 PM (Free Show)
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Closing Night Film:  Clint Eastwood's first Western as both director and star is a revenge tale of a mysterious stranger who rides into a settlement, where the citizens beg him to defend them against a group of outlaws. 

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell Ryan, Jack Ging ( Courtesy: Swank)  

(View Trailer) 
A free showing to close our festival with another introduction / Q&A with festival guest/actor Mitchell Ryan. 

SPECIAL GUEST: Mitchell Ryan was featured in both Monte Walsh and High Plains Drifter and will share memories of those productions with us. He also appeared in dozens of movies and televison shows including:  Lethal Weapon, Electra Glide in Blue, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Dark
and Dharma & Greg.

The Festival Pass at $50 provides admission to all programming including a patrons only reception with guest Mitchell Ryan. It also helps support the efforts of the Strand Theatre to bring arts programming to downtown Vicksburg. 
Tickets for individual movies are $10 each.

Selected programs are free of charge including the closing night film: High Plains Drifter.

The Festival passes and tickets to individual films are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and online.

Click to print your own program schedule brochure

The Strand Theatre is located at 717 Clay Street in the Adolph Rose Building in downtown Vicksburg. It opened as a movie theatre in 1934, and closed about 30 years later. In 2011, the Westside Theatre Foundation, a 501 (c) (3), began the ongoing task of rehabbing the theatre and bringing it back to life as a movie theatre and performance space. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Opera Onscreen Sunday at the Strand

Opera Onscreen
Orphee et Euridice
Strand Theatre
Sunday, September 8 at 2 PM

From Teatro alla Scala, in Milan, Christoph Willibald Gluck's
Orphée et Euridice is coming to the screen of the Strand in downtown Vicksburg

Juan Diego Flórez dazzled audiences and critics alike when he played the virtuoso role of Orphée in La Scala’s first ever staging of Gluck’s opera in its French version: “Juan Diego Flórez delivered a lesson in style. His tone is darker and his projection more self-effacing than in the past, but class is permanent. His agility and legato are utterly thrilling. The ovations were never-ending.” (Corriere della sera)

Michele Mariotti

Hofesh Shechter & John Fulljames

Hofesh Shechter

Juan Diego Flórez | Christiane Karg | Fatma Said

Opera in three acts

Total running time: 2h 09min

Sung in French

Subtitles: English

$12 Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $15 at the door

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Two Rooms live onstage at the Strand

Two Rooms
by Lee Blessing

The Westside Theatre Foundation presents
Two Rooms written by Lee Blessing live onstage at the Strand.

THE STORY: The two rooms of the title are a windowless cubicle in Beirut, where an American hostage is being held by Arab terrorists, and a room in his home in the United States, which his wife has stripped of furniture so that, at least symbolically, she can share his ordeal. In fact the same room serves for both and is also the locale for imaginary conversations between the hostage and his wife, plus the setting for the real talks she has with a reporter and a State Department official. The former, an overly ambitious sort who hopes to develop the situation into a major personal accomplishment, tries to prod the wife into taking umbrage at what he labels government ineptitude and inaction, while the State Department representative is coolly efficient, and even dispassionate, in her attempt to treat the matter with professional detachment. It is her job to try to make the wife aware of the larger equation, of which the taking of a hostage is only one element, but as the months inch by it becomes increasingly difficult to remain patient. The wife is finally goaded by unforeseen developments to speak out against government policy and, in so doing, triggers the tragic series of events that brings the play to its startling conclusion. In the end there are no winners, only losers, and the sense of futility and despair that comes when people of goodwill realize that logic, compassion, and fairness have become meaningless when dealing with those who would commit such barbarous acts so willingly.

Tickets: $10 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online at

$15 at the door

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

2 movies Friday, August 30: One night / 2 movies / free popcorn

Peter Jackson's
They Shall Not Grow Old
Friday, August 30
at 7 PM
On the centenary of the end of the First World War, Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents an extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you've never seen it. Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage that's more than 100 years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there.

"Jackson has brought history to life..." New York times

Watch the trailer:

They Shall Not Grow Old:
 7 PM
Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $6
At the door: $8

followed by a secret movie:
Under the Silver Lake
Friday, August 30
at 9:30 PM

The Strand presents another one of our secret movies. Tell anyone you like, but be sure to let them know it's a secret.

Under the Silver Lake - Friday, August 30 at 9:30
An aimless man falls down the rabbit hole as he unravels the mystery of a disappearing woman. Convinced that the shoebox she leaves behind contains the answers, his quest for an answer leads him into a Los Angeles underworld.

With: Andrew Garfield, Topher Grace, Wendy Vanden Heuvel, Deborah Geffner, Riley Keough

Cash bar. Free popcorn!

Under the Silver Lake: 9:30 PM

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $6

At the door: $8

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Apocalypse Now, the Final Cut is coming to the Strand

Apocalypse Now, the Final Cut
Strand Theatre
Saturday, August 24 at 7 PM

It's been 40 years since Apocalypse Now was released, and The Strand in downtown Vicksburg is participating in the brief national theatrical rollout of Francis Ford Coppola's vision of wartime insanity in this brand new cut and restoration.

Restored from the original negative, Apocalypse Now Final Cut is Coppola’s most realized version of the film to date.

I wanted a mission, and for my sins, they gave me one...

Terminate with extreme prejudice.... 
One day this war is going to end...

I love the smell of napalm in the morning...
If I say it’s safe to surf this beach, Captain, it’s safe to surf this beach! 

Never get out of the boat...Never get out of the boat...Never get out of the boat...
You’re an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill...

I don't see any method at all, sir...

The Horror...the Horror


"In its present and restored form, the majesty and madness of 'Apocalypse Now' is more vivid and hallucinatory than ever." - Jack Coyle, AP

"You'll feel those choppers before you even hear them. It sounds like artistic sonic warfare." - Chase Burns, The Stranger

"From Marlon Brando's extraordinary cameo to Dennis Hopper's crazed photojournalist, Coppola's epic 'definitive' cut of his brilliant 1979 war film is triumphant...." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Read new article from Rolling Stone about this Final Cut:

Here's a new trailer with a special message from Francis Ford Coppola:

Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $7 or online:

/ $9 at the door

Blackwater Trio coming to the Strand

Blackwater Trio
Friday, August 23 at 7:30 
Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Downtown Vicksburg

Come see this Memphis Trio when they take the stage at the Strand on Friday for the latest edition of Smokey Jack's concert series.

Here's a short video with an expanded version of the trio:

Tickets: $15 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and online:

and $20 at the door.

Cash Bar.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Abbey Road side 2 at the Strand

And in the end...

Deconstructing the Beatles: Abbey Road (side 2)

Saturday, August 17 at 7 PM 

The Beatles’ Abbey Road is a masterpiece filled with classic Beatles songs, such as “Come Together,” “Something,” and “Here Comes the Sun.”  George Martin told the Beatles to think “symphonically,” and they responded by creating the remarkable side two song suite. 

Abbey Road was the last time that the Beatles recorded together at EMI Studios — soon-to-be-christened Abbey Road Studios after the album’s release. Despite the bittersweet atmosphere that surrounded the recording sessions, The Beatles’ outstanding songs and performances together with George Martin’s orchestrations produced an album that continues to be regarded as one of the best albums ever created. 

In Deconstructing Abbey Road, Beatleologist Scott Freiman has created one of his most in-depth “deconstructions.” Freiman takes the audience on a journey track-by-track explaining the inspiration for the songs and their evolution in the studio. 

$6 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.
$8 at the door. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Meet the Film makers and see new Mississippi Film

If These Porches Could Talk
Saturday, August 10 at 7 PM
Strand Theatre
We are excited to announce a special showing of our new movie
If These Porches Could Talk at
The Strand Theatre in Vicksburg!

Tickets available now. Online: or at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

The showing begins at 7:00pm on August 10th. Tickets are only 10 dollars in advance and 15 dollars at the door. Select cast and filmmaker Travis Mills will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

Movie Trailer:

If These Porches Could Talk is the second installment in our Porches and Private Eyes Movie Series. This time, it's Halloween and our Southern Belles are deep in pursuit of the supernatural!

While our trio are dining at their favorite lunch spot, Porches Restaurant of course, Patsy (Marlene Cupit) is arrested by the new sheriff (Kelly Porter) as an accomplice in an attempted murder. And who might have been killed, or "almost killed"? The husband of her best friend Jenny (Holly Bonney)! Now, Patsy's husband Randall is in jail, accused of the crime, and Brennan, the victim, is in the hospital in a coma! Something must be wrong and it's up to small town detective Ann (Sadie Hebert) to figure it out. When another innocent bystander gets "almost killed" in Hattiesburg, the mystery hits the road from there to Natchez, Port Gibson, and Yazoo City. With the help of their mysterious new friend Ben Pickers (Bill Perkins) and old buddies like Charlotte (Martha Arrington), the ladies are in for quite a fun, spooky ride!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Butch and Sundance coming to the Strand

Saturday, August 3 at 7 PM
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 
1969: the moon landing, Woodstock, Manson murders, Abbey Road and...Butch and

Redford and Newman are perfectly cast as the outlaw buddies who are running for their
lives to Bolivia with Katharine Ross and are not exactly sure who's chasing them. This
classic of the changing West won five Academy Awards.

"I don't want to sound like a sore loser, but when it's over, if I'm dead, kill him. ..."

 "Let's you and me jump in that river...."

"I'll do anything you want me to but I won't watch you die."

"If he'd just pay me what he's spending to make me stop robbing him, I'd stop robbing

"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

"That's what happens when you live 10 years alone in Bolivia: you get colorful..."

"What's Bolivia?"

"You just keep thinkin', Butch. That's what you're good at."

"Rules? In a knife fight? No rules!" 

 "the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia,' let's go someplace like Bolivia."

"Why, you crazy — the fall'll probably kill ya!"

"This might be the Atlantic City, New Jersey of all Bolivia for all you know."

"Who are those guys?"

"Fuego! Fuego! Fuego!"

See the trailer

$6 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse • $8 at the door.
Strand Theatre • 717 Clay Street 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Meet the film makers & see their new film: Phoenix Oregon Sunday

Phoenix Oregon
Sunday, July 21 at 6 PM
The makers of Phoenix, Oregon have set out on a national tour in two very colorful RVs. Come meet them at this special screening of a new people pleasing American Independent film.

Defying the haze of midlife, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore a bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.”

Divorced bartender Bobby Hoffman (James LeGros), living alone in the Airstream trailer inherited from his late mother, has drifted into a sleepy eddy. Life passing him by and struggling to complete his graphic-novel opus, Bobby comes to believe his life is doomed – just a meaningless simulation written by some alien civilization. On Bobby’s birthday, when his old high school buddy Carlos (Jesse Borrego) tries to shake him awake with a bold new business venture, shadows rear up from the past and threaten to crush him.

Does positive thinking still work at mid-life? Can teamwork and friendship improve the odds for success of “the stupidest idea ever”? Irresistible Tanya (Lisa Edelstein) stirs Bobby’s bravery until his passion and dreams begin to breathe again. Enthusiastic Carlos (“you aren’t visualizing it!”) and his spirited, entrepreneurial family will not give up. Finally, when Bobby’s comically awful boss, Kyle, (Diedrich Bader) has shrunk his piece of the pie to crust, playing it safe just doesn’t feel safe anymore.

The road out of hiding and becoming a business owner, though at times exhilarating, isn’t easy. Snarky bowling rival, Al, (Kevin Corrigan) pins him around every corner, while slick venture capitalist, Mario, (Reynaldo Gallegos), captures Tanya’s eye and hopelessly intimidates Bobby with his worldly charm. When trouble and setbacks rear up, Bobby must decide whether he owns his life, or is merely a chump for his comic book aliens’ entertainment. Finally, it’s his choice.

The film takes a comedic look at the existential crisis many face when trying to find meaning and relevancy at mid-life. Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads stumble out of hibernation with courage and resilience, called to what may be their last chance to resurrect heartfelt dreams.

Tickets are $10 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or at the door

Watch the trailer: