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March 23 @ 3:00PM
Native
Native is a relevant and powerful production based on the true story of the collaboration between Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Green and the controversial author of Native Son, Richard Wright. Produced by EbzB Productions, Native features David zum Brunnen as Paul Green and J. Mardrice as Richard Wright. Serena Ebhardt directs. Native dramatizes the friendship and collaboration between Paul Green and Richard Wright. The authors are brought together to adapt Wright’s novel, Native Son for Broadway. In 1941 Paul Green is a UNC professor and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright who is also known for The Lost Colony. Richard Wright is the controversial author of Native Son, a groundbreaking work on the systemic discrimination of African-Americans. Green and Wright forge a deep respect for each other. Yet, in a heated discussion over a single page of their Broadway script, they argue about who has the right to tell the story of race, politics and social class. Ultimately the revelations dissolve their friendship in spite of their common goal to affect social change. EbzB Productions’ Native is based on the true story of Green and Wright’s collaboration. This event hopes to inspire audiences to gain understanding and to discuss differing viewpoints of systemic discrimination which continues to challenge us today.

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March 23 @ 7:30PM
Native
Native is a relevant and powerful production based on the true story of the collaboration between Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Green and the controversial author of Native Son, Richard Wright. Produced by EbzB Productions, Native features David zum Brunnen as Paul Green and J. Mardrice as Richard Wright. Serena Ebhardt directs. Native dramatizes the friendship and collaboration between Paul Green and Richard Wright. The authors are brought together to adapt Wright’s novel, Native Son for Broadway. In 1941 Paul Green is a UNC professor and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright who is also known for The Lost Colony. Richard Wright is the controversial author of Native Son, a groundbreaking work on the systemic discrimination of African-Americans. Green and Wright forge a deep respect for each other. Yet, in a heated discussion over a single page of their Broadway script, they argue about who has the right to tell the story of race, politics and social class. Ultimately the revelations dissolve their friendship in spite of their common goal to affect social change. EbzB Productions’ Native is based on the true story of Green and Wright’s collaboration. This event hopes to inspire audiences to gain understanding and to discuss differing viewpoints of systemic discrimination which continues to challenge us today.

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March 24 @ 3PM
THAT THING YOU DO! (PG)
That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American film starring, written and directed by Tom Hanks in his directorial debut. It tells the story of the rise and fall of a fictional 1960s one-hit wonder pop band. The film also resulted in a musical hit with the song "That Thing You Do".

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March 31 @ 3PM
AMERICAN GRAFFITI (PG)
American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming-of-age comedy film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, and Wolfman Jack. Suzanne Somers and Joe Spano also appear in the film. Set in Modesto, California, in 1962, the film is a study of the cruising and rock 'n' roll cultures popular among the post–World War II baby boom generation. Through a series of vignettes, the film tells the story of a group of teenagers and their adventures over the course of a single night. In 1995, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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April 5 @ 7PM, April 6 @ 2:00PM & 7:00PM
"The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie
Presented by the Citrus County Educational Foundation.
Tickets ($25) can be purchased at https:///www.eventbrite.com/e/mouse-trap-tickets-56954592720. For more information, contact The Educational Foundation at (352)726-1931x2240.

April 7 @ 3PM
BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (PG)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman (who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film). Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman), and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the "Sundance Kid" (Robert Redford), who are on the run from a crack US posse after a string of train robberies. The pair and Sundance's lover, Etta Place (Katharine Ross), flee to Bolivia in search of a more successful criminal career. In 2003, the film was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The American Film Institute ranked Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as the 73rd-greatest American film on its "AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition)" list. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were ranked 20th greatest heroes on "AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains".

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April 12 @ 7:30PM *Friday Nite at the Movies*
A FISH CALLED WANDA (R)
A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 British-American heist comedy film directed by Charles Crichton and written by John Cleese. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin as a gang of diamond thieves who double-cross one another to find stolen diamonds hidden by the gang leader. A barrister (Cleese) becomes a central figure as femme fatale Wanda (Curtis) uses him to locate the loot. It was Crichton's last film. The film was released to positive reviews and was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, winning Best Supporting Actor for Kline. Cleese and Palin won BAFTA Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for their performances. A spiritual sequel, Fierce Creatures, was released in 1997. The British Film Institute ranked A Fish Called Wanda the 39th-greatest British film of the 20th century.

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April 14 @ 3PM
WEST SIDE STORY (PG)
West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical tragedy film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. It stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris, and was photographed by Daniel L. Fapp, A.S.C., in Super Panavision 70. Released on October 18, 1961, through United Artists, the film received high praise from critics and viewers, and became the second highest grossing film of the year in the United States. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture (as well as a special award for Robbins), becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for the National Film Registry in 1997.

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April 20 @ 3PM
The Valerie String Quartet
Join us for an afternoon of Classical Music performed by members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. The Valerie comes alive with great acoustics for this event. There is not a bad seat in the house for your listening pleasure! This program will consist of two major works: Franz Schubert's Quartet #7 in D major and Leoš Janáček’s Suite for Strings.

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April 21 @ 3PM
SPARTACUS (PG-13)
Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Dalton Trumbo, and based on the novel of the same title by Howard Fast. It is inspired by the life story of Spartacus, the leader of a slave revolt in antiquity, and the events of the Third Servile War, and stars Kirk Douglas in the title role, Laurence Olivier as Roman general and politician Marcus Licinius Crassus, Peter Ustinov, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, as slave trader Lentulus Batiatus, John Gavin as Julius Caesar, Jean Simmons as Varinia, Charles Laughton as Sempronius Gracchus, and Tony Curtis as Antoninus. Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted at the time as one of the Hollywood Ten. Douglas publicly announced that Trumbo was the screenwriter of Spartacus, and President-elect John F. Kennedy crossed American Legion picket lines to view the film, helping to end blacklisting; Howard Fast was also blacklisted, and originally had to self-publish it. The film won four Academy Awards and became the biggest moneymaker in Universal Studios' history, until it was surpassed by Airport (1970). In 2017, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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April 28 @ 3PM
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (NR)
To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote is based on Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. It stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout. To Kill a Mockingbird marked the film debuts of Robert Duvall, William Windom, and Alice Ghostley.
The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and was a box-office success, earning more than six times its budget. The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Peck, and was nominated for eight, including Best Picture. In 1995, the film was listed in the National Film Registry. In 2003, the American Film Institute named Atticus Finch the greatest movie hero of the 20th century. In 2007, the film ranked twenty-fifth on the AFI's 10th anniversary list of the greatest American movies of all time. In 2005, the British Film Institute included it in their list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.

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May 5 @ 3PM
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (PG)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British independent comedy film concerning the Arthurian legend, written and performed by the Monty Python comedy group of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. Monty Python and the Holy Grail grossed more than any British film exhibited in the US in 1975. In the US, it was selected as the second best comedy of all time in the ABC special Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time. In the UK, readers of Total Film magazine ranked it the fifth greatest comedy film of all time.

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May 10 @ 7:30PM *Friday Nite at the Movies*
SLING BLADE (R)
Sling Blade is a 1996 American drama film written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also stars in the lead role. Set in rural Arkansas, the film tells the story of a man named Karl Childers who has an intellectual disability and is released from a psychiatric hospital, where he has lived since killing his mother and her lover when he was 12 years old, and the friendship he develops with a young boy and his mother. In addition to Thornton, it stars Dwight Yoakam, J. T. Walsh, John Ritter, Lucas Black, Natalie Canerday, James Hampton, and Robert Duvall.

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May 12 @ 3PM
FUNNY GIRL (G)
Funny Girl is a 1968 American biographical romantic musical comedy-drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart was adapted from her book for the stage musical of the same title. It is loosely based on the life and career of Broadway and film star and comedian Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein. Streisand won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance, tying with Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter). In 2016, Funny Girl was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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May 16 @ 7:00PM
Pirates! featuring Tom Ritchie
One of Tom’s passions is history, especially as it pertains to the sea, so it is appropriate that he will continue his lecture series at the historic Valerie Theatre with an illustrated presentation on Pirates. Like most of us, he is intrigued by the Golden Age of Piracy, which lasted from the late 17th century through the early 18th century, as lawless mariners of many nationalities preyed upon the Spanish wealth extracted from Spain’s New World possessions. Popular movies have made it hard for us to separate fact from fiction, but it is safe to say many of the real pirates did not have ‘hearts of gold’ as we have been led to believe, but were in fact sociopaths that had little in common with the folk-heroes we have come to love and admire from the cinematic world. Tom will discuss life at sea with insights and humor as it relates to the more well-known pirates of that amazing and fascinating time.

Tom Ritchie has spent his entire career travelling the world to its remote and exotic reaches. He is a trained scientist; having completed his graduate studies in vertebrate paleontology, physical anthropology and geology at the University of Florida He has led expeditions aboard small passenger vessels for the adventure travel company Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society for more than 40 years. His lifestyle is exciting and the envy of many of us who enjoy travelling, but he admits Floral City is his spiritual home and is always happy to return there between voyages to his wife, Paulette.

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May 19 @ 3PM
Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant, and follows the adventures of Charles (Grant) and his circle of friends through a number of social occasions as they each encounter romance. Andie MacDowell stars as Charles' love interest Carrie, with Kristin Scott Thomas, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Charlotte Coleman, David Bower, Corin Redgrave and Rowan Atkinson in supporting roles.

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May 26 @ 3PM
THE GREAT ESCAPE (NR)
The Great Escape is a 1963 American World War II epic film starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough and featuring James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, and Hannes Messemer. The film is based on Paul Brickhill's 1950 book of the same name, a non-fiction first-hand account of the mass escape by British Commonwealth prisoners of war from German POW camp Stalag Luft III in Sagan (now Żagań, Poland), in the province of Lower Silesia, Nazi Germany.

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Accessibility Services

The Valerie Theatre provides wheelchair-accessible seating. Wheelchair seat locations are available for wheelchair users at all performances. Please advise the box office in advance that you require a wheelchair location. Parking is available in the municipal lots. The Valerie Theatre also provides assisted listening devices free of charge at the concession stand prior to performances (subject to availability).


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