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september, 2017

fri15sep7:30 pmWheeling Film Society presents "Singin' in the Rain"7:30 pm Towngate Theatre, 2118 Market Street Wheeling WV 26003

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A unique movie theater in Wheeling, Towngate is home to the Wheeling Film Society, which offers free screenings of some of America’s most iconic films.

Wheeling Film Society presents Singin’ in the Rain
Free Screening at 7:30 p.m.  Friday, September 15, 2017 

(Conversation about the film takes place at noon Tuesday, September 19 at the Ohio County Public Library.)

One of the most beloved and influential musicals in Hollywood history turns 65 this year, but it is nowhere near “retirement.”  Gene Kelly began making this film a mere six months after finishing An American in Paris. The reverberations of those landmark years in Kelly’s career were still vibrating in Damien Chazelle’s 2016 Oscar winner, “La La Land.”

“Singin’ in the Rain” would be noteworthy of discussion simply for its iconic routines, including the long surrealist “Broadway Ballet,” Donald O’Connor’s chiropractor-defying “Make ‘em Laugh,” and the title sequence, featuring a man and his (mostly useless) umbrella.  An added dimension of this film is its wonderful glimpse into Hollywood’s own past, a celebration of silent, talking, and SINGING pictures.

You Can Have Dinner at Towngate, too!

A special addition to this year’s Wheeling Film Society lineup is the option to have dinner in Towngate’s social room prior to the film screenings!  Park once and enjoy twice the fun!

Buffet dinners will be served promptly at 6:30 p.m. before each Wheeling Film Society screening.  After dinner, head upstairs for the free movie at 7:30 p.m.   The cost for dinner is $15 and includes all food, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water and a box of popcorn to enjoy during the film.   Beer and wine are available for purchase.

You must make reservations for dinner by 5 p.m. Wednesday prior to the screening. You don’t need to make reservations for the film.

Ye Olde Alpha provides the food for the September 15 dinner and a movie.  Enjoy a Greek feast of lemon chicken and Greek pork shanks along with green beans, Greek rice and Greek salad.

September 15 dinner is SOLD OUT.   But you can still join us for the free movie at 7:30.

Why Go To the Movie Theater?

Oglebay Institute, Wheeling Jesuit University and the Ohio County Public partnered to form the Wheeling Film Society. WFS events bring movie buffs together to watch and discuss classic films. Screenings and post-screening discussions are free and open to the public.

So, get off the couch! Stop binge watching by yourself. Hollywood movies are meant to be seen­ with others, in the movie theater, on the BIG screen. The actors are figuratively and literally larger than life! Get together with other movie lovers. Engage in thought-provoking conversation. You will learn more about the art and history of cinema, too.

Towngate: A unique movie theater in Wheeling.

A church-turned-theater, Towngate is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market District.

At Towngate, not only can you watch live theater productions, spoken word performances, improv and concerts, you can see movies, too! Towngate is also a single screen cinema. On select weekends throughout the year, we show a host of classic and independent films, thought-provoking documentaries and film shorts by local and regional filmmakers. Our movie selections encourage thought and conversation. You won’t be disappointed. Our regulars know we only show quality films. Sometimes, they show up for screenings without knowing the title of the film. They trust us that much.

Whether you consider yourself a film buff or you only like movies for the popcorn, our films will entertain and inspire. See you at Towngate!


(Friday) 7:30 pm


Towngate Theatre

2118 Market Street Wheeling WV 26003


Oglebay Institute304-242-7700