"The Pumphouse Players are looking for [a wide] variety of entertainment for the public," PHP President Mike Harris said. "So in addition to doing our theatrical plays, we'll also be branching out into special events and we've done some of those before like improv nights and ... we have plans to begin drama classes.
"And this was just something that we thought we would add to it. Of course, The Legion Theatre was a movie theater when it started back in 1940 and this is just bringing it back to its roots. We thought it would be a lot of fun and just something a little bit different."
The Classic Film Series -- showcasing movies from the '40s and '50s -- will open with 1952's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" Friday to Sunday. The film will be followed by "The Stranger" July 13 to 15, "Plan 9 from Outer Space" July 20 to 22 and "His Girl Friday" July 27 to 29. While the Friday and Saturday showings will start at 8 p.m. and cost $5 each, Sunday's films will begin at 3 p.m. and feature a $4 admission fee.
"We have a staff of people that looked into some of their favorite films," Harris said. "And we also judged them according to what was in the public domain. We won't be showing any new feature films, of course, but these will be classics that were obtainable for us to show and that had some bearing on what we chose.
"But there's an awful lot of them and a lot of those types of movies are shows that haven't been seen on television a lot and other people haven't had a chance to see some of these classics. As far as anything I'm particularly looking forward to [viewing] in a group, I think that our little theater would be a perfect venue for 'Plan 9 from Outer Space.' It has become a cult classic. It actually requires audience involvement to get the full experience of it. To see it with other people who are in on the joke, really makes it a lot more enjoyable."
With the Summer Classic Film Series calling back to The Legion Theatre's origins, the PHP felt it was a natural fit to partner with the Bartow History Museum for the offering. Along with the BHM creating a display, filled with historic movie-related items, for the Cartersville venue, movie-goers will receive a $1 discount when they present an admission ticket from the history museum and vice versa.
"The [Bartow History Museum] provided a museum-type exhibit with photos of the theater when it was in its heyday as the premier movie venue in Cartersville," said Laurel Walker, secretary for PHP's executive board. "They put up a whole section on our back wall, including a diorama-type display with the film reels and movies that would have been shown and pictures of articles that were in the paper advertising for The Legion and The Grand.
"We're hoping that [the film series] will create more of a community feel. We're trying to reach out more to interact with other venues like the history [museum], especially [since] we do have such a rich history at the theater. We're hoping that it might draw more people in."
For more information about the film series, visit www.pumphouseplayers.com or the PHP Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pumphouseplayers.