Back stage – Nevada Theatre Film Series celebrates 25th anniversary |

Back stage – Nevada Theatre Film Series celebrates 25th anniversary

Mike and Barbara Getz had no idea that the Nevada Theatre Film Series begun in January 1979 would be going strong 25 years later.

“We definitely weren’t thinking this far ahead,” Barbara Getz laughed on Wednesday. “But we’ve had a consistently dedicated film audience throughout the 25 years.”

The Getzs opened the film series with the cult classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show” for four weeks.

“Mike had been showing that around the country at midnight in the late ’70s. That was our living at that time,” she reminisced, “and yet, we hadn’t seen the movie and our friends here hadn’t seen the movie. It was a big cultural phenomenon and we thought we should bring it here to Nevada City.”

The series immediately took off and soon, independent, foreign and art-house films were added to the weekly schedule.

Although Mike and Barbara Getz today are kept busy running Sierra Cinemas, Sutton Cinemas and the Del Oro Theatre, the Nevada Theatre Film Series is still their “baby.” Almost every Sunday, they watch the featured movie on the left-hand side of the Nevada Theatre.

The film series’ 25th anniversary will be celebrated Feb. 13 to 15 with door prizes, birthday cake, a short film about the series and a feature film, “In America.” Door prizes include dinner for two at New Moon Cafe, wine tasting at Kirby’s Creekside and a year’s pass to the Nevada Theatre Film Series. Festivities begin at 7:30 the three nights at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

“In America,” which movie critic Roger Ebert gave four out of four stars, is writer-director Jim Sheridan’s (“My Left Foot” and “In the Name of the Father”) new film about an Irish family immigrating to New York City in the search for hope and an emotional release from the unresolved family tragedy left behind.

“We chose to celebrate the 25th anniversary with this film because it epitomizes the kind of movies we like to show at the Nevada Theatre: quality filmmaking, a great director, a moving story,” Mike Getz said.

Tickets to the Nevada Theatre Film Series are $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for seniors and children under 13. Discount cards are available. Call 274-FILM for more information.

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