Band hall knows how to put on a show

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PARRSBORO: Thanks to Parrsboro's Film Society residents can view movies theatre style right in their backyard and help restore the band hall in the process.
The film committee members Krista Wells, Rena Kossatz, Sheri Bromer and Lori Lynch wanted to utilize the hall in a fashion that would not only provide an additional function to the hall but also give back to the community by creating this subcommittee branched off the Save the Hall committee.
The four presented the idea to the board of directors of the save the hall campaign and the ball began to roll.
Initially the group realized they would require a screen to view the films and after the group found out that pre-made screens came with a hefty price tag of $3,000 to $6,000 they soon realized that was not an option. A supplier of fabric for screens was found and for a mere $150 and a lot of labour a screen was made by the committee themselves with help from various members of the Parrsboro Band Association.
Ship's Company kicked in a helping hand with the loan of the seats that were placed on the risers at the band hall, which gives the theatre feeling as your viewing the movie on a nine by sixteen foot screen.
"You forget your in Parrsboro," Wells said.
The committee is selling memberships at a cost of $48 for eight movies, with 54 memberships to be sold. "There will be tickets available at the door at a cost of $8 for adults and $6 for children under age 6 for those who only wish to a few of the movies that will be available each month," Wells said.
The membership does not include the special late night double feature that will be playing on February 14 which is a Valentines Day special.
"We (the committee) sat down and discussed different categories of movies and came up with; suspense, romantic comedy, arty, documentary, animated, drama, musical, family, classic and western. Out of those categories we tried to pick a movie from each," Wells said.
The lineup for the 2008 Film for All at the Hall includes; January 3 - Crash, February 7 - Blood Diamond, Valentine Day February 14 double feature includes; Hitch and the late night movie not included in the membership; In the Cut, March 6 - Chicken Run, April 3 - Streetcar Named Desire, another Earth Day special screening on April 22 - Fast Food Nation, May 1 - Unforgiven and the last screening on June 5 - The Kite Runner. The Commitments; young working-class musicians in search for soul in gritty Dublin, was the first film viewed at the hall on December 6, followed by Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix on December 28.
For additional information about the films and special screenings check the Save the Hall website at
"If all goes well and there is enough interest the film society will look into carrying on past June 5. Also if we have a high demand for a movie we can add an extra night," Wells said.

Organizations: Film Society, Hall committee, Parrsboro Band Association

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Dublin, Phoenix

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