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Modern-movie screenings return to Lone Pine Film History Museum

November 4, 2013

The Lone Pine Film History Museum is reintroducing its film series with a contemporary flick the first Saturday of each month, and a recently released family-friendly film every third Sunday of the month. Up next is “Monsters University,” which will show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Photo by Sterling Schat

With the 24th Annual Lone Pine Film Festival wrapped up, the Lone Pine Film History Museum is getting back to its regularly scheduled events, and that means community movie nights.
The museum reintroduced its movie program this past weekend with a showing of the Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman action/adventure movie “Oblivion.”
Museum Director and former president and CEO of Republic Pictures Bob Sigman said the movies are shown free of charge for all community members, but donations are accepted, and greatly appreciated.
Next up, on Sunday, Nov. 17, the museum will be showing the family-friendly flick “Monsters University,” starring the voice talents of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi and Helen Mirren, among others.
The family-friendly movies will be screened at 2 p.m. each month.
A schedule for future movies will be posted on the museum’s website, http://www.lonepinefilmhistorymuseum.org, at a later date.
Sigman said the museum has developed a schedule for the movie program that will feature a contemporary movie the first Saturday of each month and a family movie on the third Sunday of each month.
In July Sigman announced that he had completed a licensing negotiation with Swank Motion Pictures, Inc., one of three companies that handles film licensing for major studios.
That agreement will allow the museum’s theater to screen new-release DVDs for the community.
Swank provides both public performance licensing rights and licensed movies to numerous non-theatrical markets, including worldwide cruise lines, U.S. colleges and universities, K-12 public schools and libraries, American civilian and military hospitals, motor coaches, Amtrak trains, correctional facilities and other markets such as parks, art museums and businesses.
“The motivation here is that I’m trying to bring the museum back to the community. I want the community to feel like this is their museum,” Sigman said back in July.
Down the line the museum hopes to be able to invite producers, directors and actors to the community screenings and develop workshops that will allow community members to discuss the films with the cast and/or crew.

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