In case you didn’t know it yet (you should), you don’t have to travel up to Pleasantville or down to New York City to enjoy an engaging and enlightening cinematic experience. For over three years, the Pelham Picture House has transformed into a soloplex into a must-visit venue that features advanced screenings followed by celebrity and/or filmmaker Q&As. It’s all part of a master plan to turn the historic theater into a cinematic empire/film center a la the Jacob Burns Film Center. They’re well on their way. This spring, Pelham will close for a renovation of seating and more. It’s a start, but they still have a ways to go. For more visit, www.thepicturehouse.og.
In any event, last week the theater featured an advanced screening of Robert De Niro’s holiday tearjerker “Everybody’s Fine.” Following the film, writer/director Kirk Jones (he helmed the joyous “Waking Ned Devine” years back) along with Larchmont’s own Andrew Mondshein (editor of the film) spoke about the making of the film. Critic David Edelstein coordinated the interview session, and it was just another reason why Pelhamites have a reason to be excited.
- Jon Chattman