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

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Oscar winner: Promising Young Woman coming to the Strand

Promising Young Woman
Saturday, July 3 at the Strand at 7 PM

Cassie's once-bright future is thwarted by a chance encounter that leaves her reeling. Working at a coffee shop by day, the medical school drop out takes to the night seeking justice to cope with the trials of her past. Cassie's family and friends know little of her private vendetta, instead puzzling as to her sudden shift in trajectory.

2021 Oscar Nominated for Best Picture, Actress, and Director. Won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Director: Emerald Fennell
Production year: 2020
Rating: R
Studio: Focus Features
Runtime: 113 minutes
Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody

Seating is limited, so we encourage you to purchase advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online at Brown Paper Tickets


Sunday, June 20, 2021

2 Lottery Tickets - Romanian Comedy Sat. June 26


Two Lottery Tickets

Saturday, June 26 at 7 PM

Can losers ever win?

The next generation of Romanian filmmaking talent finally arrives in the U.S. with Paul Negoescu and Two Lottery Tickets. A buddy comedy produced on a shoestring budget, starring three of the most recognizable faces in Romanian movies, Two Lottery Tickets suggests Pineapple Express by way of Abbas Kiarostami.
A winsome, riotous comedy of errors, Negoescus second feature is an audience-friendly social satire which merges a stoners shaggy-dog story with the sophisticated, intensely realistic style that has made the Romania cinema one of the most popular national film movements in the world.
Police, Adjective star Drago Bucur plays against type as Sile, an irresponsible carpenter who spends most afternoons at the pub, placing small bets, racking up a huge tab, and buying lottery tickets. He convinces his drinking buddy Dinel (Dorian Bogu), whose wife has just left him for an Italian, to play the lottery one hot afternoon. Borrowing a few Euro from Pompiliu (Alexandru Papadopol), the local conspiracy theorist, Dinel plays the numbers on the off chance that a win would bring back his wife.
After two petty criminals jack his fanny-pack and the winning ticket, the three guys spend what little money they have tracking down the thieves. Although all three guys are easy marks with zero talent for sleuthing, their wild goose chase around Dinels apartment complex precedes a road trip to Bucharest, where the two thugs might be about to cash in on the €6 million jackpot.Unpretentious, well-acted, and consistently hilarious, Two Lottery Tickets is a breezy reminder of the eternal essentials for good comedy: smart performances, a clever and intuitive style, and an irresistibly, unpredictable yarn.
Here's a review from the New York Times:
See the trailer:
Seating is limited, so we encourage advance ticket sales 

Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Downtown Vicksburg

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Deconstructing the Beatles - Rubber Soul coming to the Strand


Deconstructing the Beatles: Rubber Soul

Saturday, June 19 at 7 PM

In October, 1965, The Beatles were faced with an impossible task: produce a new album of original music in time for a Christmas release. Within a month, they had emerged with what many consider to be one of their greatest albums— Rubber Soul. They even had time to create a Double A-side single, “We Can Work It Out,” backed by “Day Tripper.” Both sides, as well as the album, hit Number One on the charts.
In the engaging multimedia presentation, Deconstructing The Beatles' Rubber Soul, composer/producer/”Beatle-ologist” Scott Freiman walks fans through the creation of Rubber Soul – and the band’s day-by-day race against the clock. Learn the stories behind the creation of “Norwegian Wood,” “In My Life,” “Nowhere Man,” and other classics. No matter how much you know about the Beatles, there's something new here for you.

Seating is limited, so we encourage you to purchase advance tickets.

Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183

Monday, June 7, 2021

Frida Kahlo Exhibition on Screen at the Strand

Frida Kahlo Exhibition on Screen
Saturday, June 12 at 7 PM

Directed by Ali Ray
Running time 90 mins
● The definitive film exploring the life and art of a true global icon.
● Filmed extensively at Kahlo’s home ‘The Blue House’ in Mexico City.
● Created in collaboration with experts who knew Kahlo, and those that have studied and curated her work.

Who was Frida Kahlo? Everyone knows her, but who was the woman behind the bright colours, the big brows, and the floral crowns? Take a journey through the life of a true icon, discover her art, and uncover the truth behind her often turbulent life.
Making use of the latest technology to deliver previously unimaginable quality, we take an in-depth look at key works throughout her career. Using letters Kahlo wrote to guide us, this definitive film reveals her deepest emotions and unlocks the secrets and symbolism contained within her art.
Exhibition on Screen’s trademark combination of interviews, commentary and a detailed exploration of her art delivers a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy. This personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works, and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience, and her unmatched lust for life, politics, men and women.
Delving deeper than any film has done before, engaging with world-renowned Kahlo experts, exploring how great an artist she was, discover the real Frida Kahlo.


Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Fargo 25th Anniversary is coming


Saturday, June 5 at 7 PM
Winner of two Academy Awards® (Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress for Frances McDormand), the reissue marks the theatrical release of McDormands multi-award-winning latest project, NOMADLAND (Searchlight Pictures).
Things go terribly awry when small-time Minnesota car salesman, Jerry Lundegaard, hires two thugs to kidnap his wife. Once people start dying, the very chipper and very pregnant Police Chief Marge Gunderson takes the case. Is she up to the challenge? You betcha.
Celebrated as a darkly comic twist on the thriller genre, Fargo is also a film of great visual beauty, with cinematography by regular Coen Brothers collaborator, Roger Deakins. When a hapless husband finds himself in insurmountable debt, a series of absurdities embroils him with two inept crooks. Their crimes fall under the jurisdiction of a heavily pregnant rural Minnesota police chief, Marge Gunderson (McDormand), who makes no small effort to solve the case. 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Movies are back: Los Hermanos - Saturday, May 29 at 7 PM

Okay, it's time to start up with the films in the Strand. For our first since early last year we have Los Hermanos.

Saturday, May 29 at 7 PM

Two Cuban-born brothers, both virtuoso musicians  Aldo and Ilmar López-Gavilán  live on opposite sides of the geopolitical chasm that separates the U.S. and Cuba. But although they lead very different existences, the brothers have an instinctual connection.

Following their parallel lives in New York and Havana, Los Hermanos / The Brothers offers an amazingly heartfelt  though often startling  view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family. In capturing their momentous reunion and electrifying first performances together, the film shows how family bonds can transcend politics.

Featuring an electrifying, genre-bending score composed by Aldo and performed with his brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by maestro Joshua Bell and the Harlem Quartet.

See the trailer

"This endearing documentary is an Oscar-caliber film for the family and one not to be missed!" - Jeffrey Lyons, WCBS News Radio

"A remarkable film about a family ensnared in geopolitics and two brothers who lead very different lives and yet never lose their instinctual connection." - Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

"A moving documentary with generous amounts of music! Electrifying musical addition to the poignant sibling performances, Joshua Bell performs Aldos music with Aldo at Lincoln Center." - Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

"Six months without live music will be reason enough to see these two gifted musicians reunite across borders to perform publicly for the first time. The film offers a bright take on the endurance of family despite the policies of the day." - WBUR, Boston Public Radio

"A joyful U.S. tour featuring Aldos blood-pumping compositions that meld jazz, classical and Latin music." - KQED, San Francisco Public Media

"Exquisite  so much poetry, heart, and exemplary craft. The editing is just sublime." - Rob Epstein, Two-time Oscar winner (The Times of Harvey Milk & Common Threads)

"Expertly and beautifully paced, like a great piece of music." - Joshua Bell, Celebrated American Violinist

A film by Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider
84 minutes, color, 2020
In English & Spanish with English subtitles 



We will be limiting seating, so advance tickets are recommended. Click for ticket link. 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Jazz in Vicksburg today - free to the public...

Jazz in Vicksburg


Dr. David Miller wants you to know about the updated 40th Anniversary Jazz Festival event this weekend
Friday, April 23 4:00 – 7:00 PM
The Vicksburg, 801 Clay Street Street, Vicksburg
Jazz music - Free to the public!
Performances - SouthEast Jazz All-Stars, ASU Jazz Combo, MS Jazz Educators

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

And now the choice for Animated short film...

 Many thanks to Stacey Mahoney and the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation for partnering with us to present this year's Oscar Nominated Short films.

On Sunday, April 18, the Vicksburg audience watched the 5 hopefuls and three more animated films,, choosing If Anything Happens, I Love You as the likely Oscar winner.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Vicksburg Audience Chooses Oscar hopeful short film


The Present

Our audience saw the five nominated Live Action Short films at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center on Saturday, April 17. Afterwards they voted for their Oscar prediction, and their choice was The Present, a Palestinian film many had seen once before when we presented the MANHATTAN SHORT festival at Martin's in October. The film tells the story of a Palestinian man and his daughter who just want to go into town to buy a refrigerator as a gift for his wife (her mother). The film makes the point that such a seemingly simple task is not so easy in a system where the rights of one group are restricted by another.


Coming in second was a tough topical film with a similar theme: Two Distant Strangers in which a black man simply wants to get home to his dog, but his path inevitably intersects with that of a white cop, who seems to find fault with him no matter how he behaves.   

 Two Distant Strangers


The Oscar nominated Animated Short films will be presented at the SCHF Auditorium on Sunday, April 18 at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance:

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Oscar Nominated Shorts at Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

The Westside Theatre Foundation is partnering with the SCHF to present this year's Oscar Nominated Short Films.

The Live Action Shorts will be shown in the Auditorium of The Southern Cultural complex 
 7 PM on Saturday, April 17 
the Animated Short Films will screen at 5:30 PM on Sunday, April 18. 

This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place in late April.


The nominated films, which were just announced, are: 

LIVE ACTION SHORTS (Estimated Running Time: 125 minutes)
Feeling Through – Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski (USA, 19 min.)
The Letter Room  Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan (USA, 33 min.)
The Present  Farah Nabulsi (Palestine, 25 min.)*
Two Distant Strangers  Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe (USA, 25 min.)
White Eye  Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman (Israel, 21 min.)*
*The Present and White Eye were both in the MANHATTAN SHORT which we showed at Martin's in 2020.  The subtitles have been redone so that they look much better and much more readable.

ANIMATED SHORTS (Estimated Running Time: 94 minutes)
Burrow – Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat (USA, 6 min.)
Genius Loci – Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise (France, 16 min.)
If Anything Happens I Love You – Will McCormack and Michael Govier (USA, 12 min.)
Opera – Erick Oh (USA, 9 min.)
Yes-People – Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson (Iceland, 8 min.)
The Snail and the Whale (UK/Germany, 26 min.)
Kapaemahu (USA, 7 min.)
To Gerard (USA, 8 min.)
Tickets are $10 for each night or $18 for both if purchased together. Space will be limited due to social distancing, so tickets should be purchased in advance if possible.