Strengthening Community Bonds with Films
In August 2017, Havre de Grace, a small harbor town in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay, opened a newly renovated historical theater. Named The Cultural Center at the Opera House, the theater provides an extensive program of theater, music dance and films to its small community.
Managed by the Havre de Grace Arts Collective, the theater’s film program started out with several regular series: Black and White on Tuesday Night, WW1 on the Screen, Films for Kids and POV documentaries – all amounting to four movies a month. “The films selected were intended to develop and serve diverse audiences, and to bolster an appreciation of movies as art as well as entertainment,” Jack Hirschfeld, Films Committee Chair. And it worked. After three years and new ideas that kept boosting interest, the theater’s film audiences kept growing.