Three shows highlight an Opera House weekend that begins on Jim Thorpe Date Night, Thursday, June 28th, when they present the beloved Italian film Cinema Paradiso. As a filmmaker recalls his childhood, he reflects on his love for the movies at his village’s old theater and the bonds he formed with the theater’s projectionist.
In many ways, the trajectory of the story mirrors the history of the Opera House itself, home to many great nights and classic performers like Mae West, Al Jolson, The Dorsey Brothers, and John Phillip Sousa. As in Cinema Paradiso, the Opera House itself fell on hard times as the resident projectionist fought to keep it alive, only to have it close in the fifties, a casualty of competition from big cinemaplexes and the television. Before it reopened again in the late seventies it had spent its previous years as a warehouse.
A few years back, the Philadelphia band 4-Way Street fit the mold of supergroup, boasting a formidable assemblage of talent that brought great vocals, musicianship, and songwriting to the stage. They disbanded after a 2004 appearance at the Opera House, but have since returned as US Rails, featuring most of that remarkable band’s original members.
Their latest album’s dynamic opener, Scott Bricklin’s Heart Don’t Lie, is a standout track , and his power ballad Carry Your Weight has all the potential in the world to become a hit. The gorgeous ballad Lucky Stars delivers Eagles-type harmonies, showcasing the talent in this band.
They take the Opera House stage on Friday, June 29th. The Pottsville-based blues rockers Sterling Koch Band opens. That’s 15 bucks for a heck of a night of music.
The Cast of Beatlemania presents a riveting look back at perhaps the finest pop music ever on Saturday evening, June 30th, performing Beatles music from that titanic band’s several eras. Certainly a great summer show for the entire family, this is a band whose performances originated on New York’s Broadway, and were honed over the course of decades on the road.
For tickets, visit MauchChunkOperaHouse.com any time, or for more information, call the box office at 570-325-0249. Tickets also available at SoundCheck Records in downtown Jim Thorpe, across from the hotel.