Park Theatre has ‘Great Expectations’

The Park Theatre will kick off its seventh Summer Movie Nights on July 11, with the 1946 film “Great Expectations.”

The film, based on Charles Dickens’ novel, stars Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons, Valerie Hobson, Martita Hunt and John Mills, and won the Academy Awards for cinematography and art direction.

The story tells the tale of young Pip (Anthony Wager), an uncultured boy thrust into high society by a mysterious benefactor, and who pines for the unattainable Estella (Simmons, Hobson).

Pip’s woes are compounded as Miss Havisham (Hunt), the woman grooming him to be a gentlemen, is a bitter old woman who was jilted at the altar. Grown-up Pip (Mills) gets life lessons from roommate Herbert Pocket (Guinness), but even Herbert can not prepare Pip for such heartache.

The screening is free and will be held at the Jaffrey Woman’s Club at 7 p.m.

The Park Theatre is a 90-year old building in the heart of historic downtown. Since 2006, the community has been working to rebuild and reopen the facility as a regional center for arts and entertainment, a meeting place for the community, and a dynamic force in the region’s vitality and quality of life.

Summer Movie nights will continue through July and August, and Saturdays at the Cinema in the fall. All movies are free and open to the public, and shown in the air-conditioned Jaffrey Woman’s Club. Refreshments, including The Park Theatre candy bars and popcorn, are available for purchase on-site.

For information on the upcoming season, visit www.theparktheatre.org. 

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