A unique movie theater in Wheeling, Towngate is home to the Wheeling Film Society, which offers free screenings of some of America’s most iconic films.
Wheeling Film Society presents 2001: A Space Odyssey
Free Screening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018
(Conversation about the film takes place at noon Tuesday, April 24 at the Ohio County Public Library.)
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the film release of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The visionary work changed the way the world thought about science, science fiction, artificial intelligence and our origins and destiny in the universe.
The Wheeling Film Society exists to provide the opportunity to see cinema classics as they were intended, on the big screen. There will never be a more apt choice for this series than Kubrick’s mind-blowing epic, with its Homeric allusions and spectacular special effects one year before the first human being set foot on the moon. Nor will the Film Society ever choose a film that so clearly requires conversation! With its long, “pure-cinema” passages of bravura filmmaking, its elliptical narrative stretching from “the dawn of man” into a future in which interplanetary travel is a given, and its strange, other-worldly epilogue, “2001” is a cultural enigma which nonetheless still speaks profoundly to a world always racing to keep up with the moral implications of its latest technology.
You Can Have Dinner at Towngate, too!
A special addition to this year’s Wheeling Film Society lineup is the option to have dinner in Towngate’s social room prior to the film screenings! Park once and enjoy twice the fun!
Buffet dinners will be served promptly at 6:30 p.m. before each Wheeling Film Society screening. After dinner, head upstairs for the free movie at 7:30 p.m. The cost for dinner is $15 and includes all food, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water and a box of popcorn to enjoy during the film. Beer and wine are available for purchase.
You must make reservations for dinner by 5 p.m. Wednesday prior to the screening. You don’t need to make reservations for the film.
The Indian restaurant Govinda’s provides the food for the April 20 dinner and a movie and has created a special 2001-themed menu for the event. Menu features: Hal’s Strawberry Halavah, made with semolina, strawberries, butter and sugar; Bowman’s Palak Panir, cooked spinach with soft-textured pressed cheese; Dr. Ralph’s Rice; Daisy Bell Mango Shake made with mango, yogurt and H20; Kubrick’s Kachories, a deep fried stuffed savory pastry and Clarke’s Gulabjamin’s, milk fudge balls in scented syrup.
Make reservations online or by calling 304-242-7700 by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. Space is limited. Don’t delay