September is going to be an exciting month at The Ritz Theatre, with an Open House planned for Saturday, September 15, and participation in the World’s First Global Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 28.
For anyone who has ever been interested in the architectural and technological sides of The Ritz, the theatre will open on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. for exploration, including spaces such as the projection booth, which are normally closed to the public. The Ritz, built in 1927, is the only single screen theatre in Georgia still showing first run movies.
This event is free. Light refreshments will be provide by Upson County Concerned Citizens, Inc. (UC3), which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to raise funds to purchase a 3D digital projector for the theatre. The digital projector will be owned by UC3 and leased to The Ritz. The fund raising and purchase must be completed by the end of 2012, when movie companies quit producing 35mm film and movies will only be available digitally. Donations to UC3 can be given in the name of “The Ritz Digital Challenge” and are tax-deductible.
The Open House will be your last chance to buy raffle tickets for the 42-inch TV donated by Wal-Mart to UC3 for “The Ritz Digital Challenge.” Tickets are $5 each per raffle ticket, or 3 tickets for $10. The winner will be drawn at The Ritz at the end of Open House.
Global Film Festival
The Ritz Theatre has been specially selected to unite with audiences in over 250 cities across six continents to offer film lovers in this area the chance to participate in the World’s First Global Film Festival, the Manhattan Short Film Festival. This is a special opportunity to view and vote on 10 of today’s most creative short films, all of which will have been selected as finalists in this year’s festival.
The Manhattan Short Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the world. This is the 15th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, but it is the first one to happen worldwide. Past finalists have gone on to be nominated for Oscars.
The date for this two-hour program at The Ritz will be Friday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. People coming to The Ritz will join others across the glove and vote for the film they think should win. Audience members will be handed a voting card as well as a full color program upon entry. Votes will be tallied and immediately emailed to the Manhattan Short Film Festival headquarters in New York City. The winner will be announced on Sunday, October 7.
This will be one of the most exciting film events in the world, and it’s coming to The Ritz! It will be fun and thrilling to be a part of. For more information, please contact Malcom Neal at The Ritz Theatre, 706-647-7022.