Tickets are now available online for the May 20 “Downton Abbey” Opening Night Gala. Go to www.boothbaycinema.org for the link to purchase tickets.
“The Automat” - (NR; 1 hour 59 minutes) - Take a nostalgic trip back to the days of ‘The Automat’ with Mel Brooks and other celebrities who remember with great affection Horn and Hardart’s chain of cafeteria-style restaurants in New York City and Philadelphia in the early 20th century. Here’s where you went with the whole family to enjoy a dinner, for under $1, putting your nickels and dimes into a slot and opening a little glass door to take out macaroni and cheese, Salisbury steak or a piece of lemon meringue pie. The 100-year Automat saga serves up never before-seen archival footage and photographs and a cast including celebrity customers, company executives, historians, and members of the Horn & Hardart families who talk about America’s iconic restaurant that served affordable quality food in a unique and technologically ‘modern’ way. Final shows at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5.
“The Automat” taps into so many resonant aspects of what America used to be that to watch it is to be drawn into an enchanting and wistfully profound time-tripping reverie.” –Variety
“The Duke” - (R - language and brief sexuality; 1 hour, 36 minutes) - In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year-old taxi driver, stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery's history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly - he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge - Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage; how and why he used the Duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale. Starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent. Playing at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6; Saturday, May 7; Wednesday, May 11; Thursday, May 12 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8.
“The Duke is the kind of film that Hollywood, for better or worse, doesn't make anymore: smart, character-driven, a mischievous twinkle in the eye -- a movie that can comfortably entertain an entire family without a glimpse of spandex.” - ABC News (Australia)
“Everything Everywhere All At Once” - (R - some violence, sexual material, language; 2 hours, 12 minutes) - An aging Chinese immigrant who can’t figure out how to pay her taxes is swept up in an insane and hilarious adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led. Writes Jacob Hall of Film, “A deceptively thoughtful movie, one that mixes the lowest of low humor with startling wit, raw and stylish action with heady science fiction ideas. It's unlike anything you've ever seen. It's the best American movie in years, and certainly the best movie to hit theaters since the pandemic began.” Stars Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu. Opens Friday, May 13, 7 p.m. for one week.
“Exhibition On Screen: Raphael Revealed” - (NR; 88 minutes) Director Phil Grabsky will introduce the film and stay for Q & A afterwards. Wine and cheese will be available in the lobby before the film. Marking the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, the greatest exhibition ever held of his works took place in Rome in 2021, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Raphael’s paintings and drawings as well as his work in architecture, poetry, and design for sculpture, tapestry, and prints. Grabsky provides a fresh look at this giant of the Renaissance and includes unique footage of the ancient Rome that was such a powerful influence, including rare footage of Nero’s Golden House that Raphael himself visited. Sunday, May 15, 5 p.m. (one show only).
COVID policy: In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are not required, but still highly recommended, especially as you enter and move around the theater. Theater capacity is now 100%, but please practice social distancing when choosing your seat.
Harbor Theater, at 185 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor, is open five days a week, nightly at 7 with a matinee only on Sunday at 2 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for members and children under 18. Tickets will be sold at the concession stand. ADA-mandated Audio Descriptive (AD) and Closed Caption (CC) devices available for the visually and hearing-impaired. Inquire at the concession stand.