Film & Media

Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre Needs Love

Wendy Elliott The Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville is very much alive, even though there have been no public performances and almost zero income for the past 12 months.Fortunately there have been some private rentals and support from the provincial government, so Mary Harwell, manager of Wolfville’s cultural hub, says, “we’re not in danger, but revenues are down a lot.” An emergency funding grant of $19,715 will help the facility to continue to host concerts, film screenings, live theatre, and festivals once pandemic restrictions ease. The cinema had a program of improvements underway, Harwell noted, but refurbishing of brickwork on…
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Farewell Al Whittle!

Wendy Elliott In 1953, Al Whittle became the youngest theatre manager in Canada when he took over the reins at the Acadia Cinema. On January 23, Al died at the age of 91. Admission to the theatre at that time was 35¢, with 10¢ matinees. The theatre was eventually renovated, increasing its seat capacity to 630 and then expanding from a single to a triple screen experience. Al was involved in every aspect of the theatre’s operations, from taking tickets and making popcorn to choosing the films and providing technical assistance for the projector.Thinking back to his first adventures in…
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BEA Atlantic Film Series Presents City Dreamers in Wolfville

BEA Atlantic Film Series Presents City Dreamers in Wolfville Submitted Building Equality in Architecture Atlantic (BEA Atlantic) is proud to present the second feature in its film series which debuted in May 2019. The BEAA Film Series aims to bring films relevant to the architecture and design disciplines to Atlantic Canada, with a particular focus on the roles that women and other underrepresented groups have played in shaping the design professions. The film being presented for the October feature is City Dreamers, a film by Joseph Hillel, Maison 4:3 and Couzin Films. In City Dreamers we meet Phyllis Lambert, Blanche…
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FESTIVAL GUIDE 2019

FESTIVAL GUIDE 2019 May 9-10 MAYWORKS FESTIVAL Wolfville donnaholmes712@gmail.com – May 29 – June 3 ANNAPOLIS VALLEY APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL The Valley, NS appleblossom.com – June 7-8 PORT WILLIAMS DAYS Port Williams, NS portwilliams.com – June 13 – 16 ROOTS TO BOOTS FESTIVAL Louisbourg & Chéticamp, NS festivalracinesetbottines.ca rootstobootsfestival.ca – June 15 -16 DEVIL’S HALF ACRE MOTORCYCLE EVENT Kentville, NS devilshalfacremotorcyclerally.ca – JUNE 21-23 FULL CIRCLE FESTIVAL & SUMMER SOLSTICE POP-UP MARKET Newport Landing, NS fullcirclefestival.ca – June 22 KENTVILLE CHALK AND ART FESTIVAL Kentville, NS kentville.ca – June 22 TEDDY BEAR JAMBOREE Falmouth, NS falmouthcommunityhall@gmail.com – June 22 –…
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Damage to the Iconic Acadia Cinema Marquee

Damage to the Iconic Acadia Cinema Marquee By Wendy Elliott Vandals have struck the neon tubing on the iconic Acadia Cinema marquee in Wolfville nine times since 2012. The latest damage took place on a Sunday evening in February while a movie was being screened inside. The Wolfville Volunteer Fire Department were concerned about fire since the broken tubes were causing electrical arcing. Vandals, who likely jump up and yank at the tubes, have caused the non-profit cinema co-operative nearly $5,000 in unnecessary repairs. Chris Siefert, who is one of the last artisans in Nova Scotia who can repair neon…
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2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera Live Stream Series

2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera Live Stream Series By Margot Bishop Are you an opera buff? Whatever your level of love for opera, you will have a real treat in store with the HD live stream series from the Met in New York city. There are six operas this season still to be shown at the Cineplex in New Minas. Revivals: Bizet’s Carmen (Feb 2) Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment (March 2) Wagner’s Die Walkure (March 30) Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites (May 11) New Productions: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur (Jan 12) When you go to the Met or another opera house, you see…
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Al Whittle Theatre Screens Beloved Holiday Films December 17-22

Al Whittle Theatre Screens Beloved Holiday Films December 17-22 Following the success of their Retro Blockbuster summer film series, the Acadia Cinema Co-op will present a week of fun, holiday-themed films this December at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. You may have seen these seasonal favourites before, but now is your chance to see them on the big screen! Tickets are only $5, so take your whole family, bring a group of friends, or treat your co-workers. Celebrate the season of giving by choosing cinema tickets as a gift for party guests, or as an advent calendar surprise! Grab…
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Aube Giroux’s Modified to be Screened at Kings County Museum

Aube Giroux’s Modified to be Screened at Kings County Museum By Wendy Elliott October is non-GMO month, and the moving documentary Modified will be screened October 22 at the Kings County Museum in Kentville. That’s prior to its screening at the Seoul International Film Festival in Korea. Modified recently received its ninth festival award at Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival in Germany. Filmmaker Aube Giroux, who grew up in the Valley, lived in Europe for two years where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are labelled on food products, and recalls coming home and feeling frustrated that they weren’t clearly identified…
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Dinner Out: Scott’s Top Devour! Picks

Dinner Out: Scott’s Top Devour! Picks By Scott Campbell It’s fall in the Valley and that means two things: Harvest and the Devour! Food Film Festival. And, although both are exciting and food-based, only one brings with it a buffet of mouthwatering servings of fresh feature films. As I excitedly pored over the film offerings this year I concluded, again, that I wanted to see them all. But, if you can only manage to squeeze a few into your schedule, here are some that I think look intriguing. Jiro Dreams of Sushi USA, 2011, 81 minutes Director David Gelb 85-year-old…
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The Women of Wolfville are Ready to Celebrate Care Giving

The Women of Wolfville are Ready to Celebrate Care Giving By Wendy Elliott The Wolfville of Wolfville (WOW) believe that caring connects everyone. The town’s unique community theatre group has built its 15th annual collective creation, Got Your Back!, on the theme of care giving. “Care giving embodies kindness and empathy, which are both at the core of the human experience,” says Acadia University student Alisha Christie. Christie is one of five community development students that have joined the WOW network of over 300 women across the Valley. Actor and writer Gail Salmon says, “we all forget that caring is…
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