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January 2, 2016 (ITHACA, NY) – Cinemapolis, Ithaca’s member-supported independent movie theater, is proud to announce the second season of its program for movie-loving families.

The Family Classics Picture Show introduces the magic of cinema to parents and kids with a year-long series of 10 fun and affordable Sunday matinees. The program kicks off on Sunday, January 24th at 2pm with a screening of The Wizard of Oz. To get families excited about the magic of the movies, each matinee will feature an introduction by actor, magician, and movie buff David Moreland and will include custom enrichment guides to help continue the conversation after the credits roll.

Discounted tickets for these special Sunday events are just $3 for adults, $2 for kids, or $10 for an entire family. The Family Classics Picture Show at Cinemapolis is made possible by lead sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors, with additional support from Mama Goose.

The series is the brainchild of Ithaca City School District teacher Allison Andersen. After developing an educational series of similar screenings at Cinemapolis for the K-5 classes at Fall Creek Elementary, Anderson wanted to open up the concept for the entire community.

“As a teacher and parent, I’ve long been interested in the idea of growing literacy,” says Andersen. “The understanding of timeless themes and characters’ motivations are critical to understanding both film and literature, but these ideas are perhaps more easily introduced to children through the visual power of films.

Our Family Classics Picture Show develops literacy by presenting classic films that express universal themes such as friendship, adversity, and family loyalty– themes which students will visit time and again in literature as well as film.”

Working with Cinemapolis staff and a dedicated committee of volunteers, Andersen has crafted a line-up of films that will lead families through American cinema’s exciting early years and into the modern age: January 24thWizard of Oz (1939); February 21stRoman Holiday (1953); March 20thMad Hot Ballroom (2005); April 17thBorn Free (1966); May 15thThe In-Laws (1979); June 19thAbbott & Costello Meet the Mummy (1955); September 18thA Night at the Opera (1935); October (date TBA) – The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966); November 20thRear Window (1954); December 18thThe Music Man(1962).

All shows will begin at 2 pm and will conclude with the distribution of guides that highlight facts about the film, feature excellent books that explore similar themes, and provide a list of additional movies that families can enjoy.

As emcee of the Family Classics Picture Show, David Moreland brings his own family’s love of cinema along with his experience in the movie business.  Before moving to Ithaca in 2002, Moreland worked as a character actor in Hollywood and appeared in dozens of television shows and the films Legally Blonde, Donnie Darko, One Hour Photo, and City of Angels.

“I don’t think classic films are inherently better than the best of current Hollywood releases, but today’s kids see the current releases over and over, and if we don’t make a special time for the classics, young people will never see them.  That’s what the Family Classics Picture Show is all about,” says Moreland.  “I’ve shown many of the films in this year’s line-up to my daughters. They’ve asked to see them again and again, and have even chosen them as their birthday party movie, so their friends could see them too.”

The Family Classics Picture Show at Cinemapolis, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, begins with The Wizard of Oz on Sunday, January 24th at 2pm. While staff and committee members have vetted the films in the Family Classics Picture Show, only parents can decide which films are the right fit for their family. Cinemapolis encourages parents to read about each film at CommonSenseMedia.org before deciding to attend.

Cinemapolis is a non-profit media arts organization, encouraging central New York residents to explore the power of film to entertain, educate, and to celebrate the human experience. For more information, visit Cinemapolis.org or contact Executive Director, Brett Bossard – brett@cinemapolis.org.

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at msmith@ithacavoice.com, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.