"The Five Heartbeats" Movie Screening at Towngate - Oglebay Institute
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1330 National Rd., Wheeling, WV

"The Five Heartbeats" Movie Screening at Towngate

sun18jun6:00 pm"The Five Heartbeats" Movie Screening at Towngate

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Towngate Theatre hosts a screening of the 1991 film “The Five Heartbeats” as part of Wheeling’s 2023 Juneteenth Celebration.

The film will be shown at 6pm Sunday, June 18. Doors open at 5pm.

Admission is $5 or free if you come dressed as a character from the film or in clothing from the time period of the movie

About the Film

Coming in on the tail end of a rhythm and blues singing group explosion in 1960s, “The Five Heartbeats” (Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry J. Lennix, Tico Wells) rise and fall within the space of seven years. Townsend co-wrote and starred in this amazing story of a fictional black male quintet. After researching a real group, the Dells, he brilliantly depicted the typical issues that most black groups confronted in pre-Civil Rights America.

About Wheeling’s 2023 Juneteenth Celebration

This event is part of Wheeling’s 2023 Juneteenth weekend lineup, which will culminate on Monday, June 19 at 6 p.m. with a Juneteenth ceremony and celebration at Market Plaza.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This year, the Wheeling Juneteenth committee is proud to partner with organizations from across the community to celebrate Black history and culture. Learn more at wheelingjuneteenth.com.

Towngate: A unique movie theater in Wheeling

A church-turned-theater, Towngate is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market District and is part of the nonprofit Oglebay Institute. Towngate offers entertainment almost every weekend including theater, improv, live music, children’s theater and more. A variety of acting classes are offered year-round.

As a single screen cinema, Towngate celebrates the significance of the small-town movie house by bringing classic films back to the big screen and featuring independent films and documentaries.


June 18, 2023 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00)

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