Cinema Paradiso at The Colonial

In 2015, to help celebrate The Colonial’s Centennial Anniversary, the Theatre took the opportunity to revisit some great films that were also having important birthdays. The Anniversary Series continues to bring great films to new audiences. As part of this continuing series, on Friday, June 8, the Colonial will screen Cinema Paradiso, a widely acclaimed film, about the power of the movies to influence lives and communities. The film has particular resonance given the Colonial’s long history in the North Country and current mission of community enrichment.

At 30 years old Cinema Paradiso is a life-affirming ode to the power of youth, nostalgia, and the movies themselves, the story begins in the present as a Sicilian mother pines for her estranged son, Salvatore, who left many years ago and has since become a prominent Roman film director. He finally returns to his home village to attend the funeral of the town’s former film projectionist, Alfredo, and in so doing, embarks upon a journey into his boyhood just after WWII when he became the man’s official son. Thirty years later, Salvatore has come to say goodbye to his life-long friend, who has left him a little gift in a film can. Cinema Paradiso garnered the Academy Award for best foreign language film when it was released, as well as similar kudos from The Golden Globes, BAFTA, and the London Film Critics.

Tickets are $10; Colonial members $8, and are available at the door. For more information about this or upcoming live and film events find The Colonial on Facebook (, follow The Colonial on twitter (@ColonialNH), visit the Colonial on line at or tune in to Bethlehem’s own community radio, NCCR/WZNC, broadcasting from atop the historic Colonial Theatre at 99.9 on the FM dial. ###