The Claude Gentry Theatre, located in the heart of Baldwyn’s historic district at 110 West Main Street, is hosting a series of family-friendly movies this summer beginning Saturday night, June 2, at 6:30 pm. The movies are sponsored by Six Shooter Studios, an emerging film and entertainment company also located on Baldwyn’s Main Street, and by Farmers and Merchants Bank, the theater’s season sponsor.
Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles will play first, this coming Saturday, and admission is free to all — thanks to the sponsors. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult, and limited concessions of popcorn and bottled water will be available,according to organizers.
This current movie series — entitled “Saturday Summer Spectacular” — is the 2nd collaboration between Six Shooter Studios and Baldwyn’s community theater. The two businesses previously worked together on the County Line Music Video Competition in April.
Six Shooters announced its reasoning for the joint endeavor last week.
“We thought this would be a great way to do something positive for the kids in the community. It’s a nice fit as a project for us to be a part of. And with summer being a down time for community theater activity, The Claude Gentry Theatre was available. Obviously, it’s a perfect spot to host a summer set of movies.”
The series of films to be shown are all Disney Pixar classics. Following the June screening of The Incredibles (which is nicely set for the week prior to Disney’s national release of The Incredibles 2) comes Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Frozen in July, August and September, respectively.
According to Six Shooter Studios, they wanted to show movies that were high quality and would interest both kids and adults, with appeal for both boys and girls.
“We think we’ve picked four good ones for this summer, and we hope that this will be something families can really enjoy together.”
The films were licensed for public viewing through Swank Motion Pictures Inc.
Baldwyn’s Main Street has a long history of movie-going, with silent films being shown in the same spot The Claude Gentry Theatre now holds. The Princess Theater, The Opera House, The Lyric, The Baldwyn Theater and The Ritz Theater have all existed and have entertained Baldwyn with Hollywood’s big screen offerings since the very start of the industry at the turn of the twentieth century. Now with Saturday Summer Spectacular at The Claude Gentry — and thanks to Six Shooter Studios and Farmers and Merchants Bank — kids of all ages in Baldwyn and the surrounding communities will get a new chance to enjoy an old pleasure, a night out at the movies.
Six Shooters Studios said they wanted to close out the series with the Disney mega-hit Frozen in September so that they could end this initial film series with a “sing-along.”
Sounds like fun.
Smiling kids singing along to Disney songs on a quaint, historic Main Street in the heart of America — that sounds like a movie.