The Whales of August

Saturday and Sunday August 25 and 26 at 1:10 p.m.

It was 25 years ago that audiences packed Railroad Square, then a single screen theater located across the parking lot from where we are now, to see one of the theater’s biggest hits to that point, THE WHALES OF AUGUST, set and shot on the coast of Maine and featuring screen legends Lilian Gish, Bette Davis, Vincent Price and Ann Sothern. We are happy to be able to celebrate its quarter century anniversary with rare screenings of a beautiful 35mm print! Named “Best Film of the Year” by the L.A. Weekly, Lindsay Anderson’s (O LUCKY MAN!) film is adapted by David Berry from his play. WHALES visits with two sisters, Sarah and Libby, who have lived together for 60 years. Their husbands are long gone, and the whales that used to appear at summer’s end are also a thing of the past. All they have is each other. Sarah (Gish), a generous woman devoted to her cranky (and blind) sister (Davis), wants to build a window with an ocean view. She also receives visits from the recently bereaved—hence available—Mr. Maranov (Price). Libby doesn’t like the window idea or Mr. Maranov. Both women have decisions to make. Unrated. 90 Min.

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