Wheeling Film Society Presents “In the Heat of the Night”

Wheeling Film Society presents "In the Heat of the Night."

Groundbreaking 1968 film “In the Heat of the Night” at Towngate

WHEELING, W.VA. (September 9, 2016)- – The Wheeling Film Society is presenting a free screening of “In the Heat of the Night,” the groundbreaking film about racial confrontation in the Deep South. It will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, September 30 at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre.  A conversation about the film takes place immediately following the screening.

The Academy-Award winner for Best Picture in 1968, “In the Heat of the Night” features one of the most memorable dual performances of the racially fraught 1960s — Sidney Poitier as a Philadelphia detective dueling with Rod Steiger’s Mississippi sheriff. No one can forget Poitier’s defiant line “They call me Mr. Tibbs.”

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.  All events are free and open to the public.

OI director of performing arts Kate Crosbie said that even though most of the WFS selections are available on DVD and through various cable and Internet sources, there is something special about watching films in the theater.

“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,” she said.

Crosbie added that Going to the movie theater is also a social event.  “Instead of binge watching on your couch by yourself, you get together with other movie lovers and engage in thought-provoking conversation.”

2016-17 Wheeling Film Society Screenings & Discussions:

Wheeling Film Society presents "In The Heat of the Night"

“In the Heat of the Night”
The Academy-Award winner for Best Picture in 1968, “In the Heat of the Night” is a groundbreaking film about racial confrontation in the Deep South.

Screening at 7 p.m.  Friday, September 30, 2016  (Conversation about the film takes place immediately following the screening.)

Wheeling Film Society presents "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” is an epic of the widescreen era with one of the era’s most iconic characters –Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name.” And it features one of the most hauntingly memorable soundtracks in Hollywood history.

Screening at 7 p.m.  Friday, October 28, 2016 (Conversation about the film takes place at noon November 1 at the Ohio County Public Library.)

Wheeling Film Society presents "Bonnie & Clyde"

“Bonnie and Clyde”
“Bonnie and Clyde,” starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, is Arthur Penn’s masterpiece about Depression-era criminals who became folk heroes.

Screening at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017(Conversation about the film takes place at noon March 14 at the Ohio County Public Library.)

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“The Graduate”
Dustin Hoffman stars in this Mike Nichols classic about a disillusioned college graduate who is seduced by an older woman.

Screening at 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017 (Conversation about the film takes place at noon April 11 at the Ohio County Public Library.)

Towngate Offers Entertainment Almost Every Weekend.

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.

“Most people think of community theater when they hear the name Towngate,” Crosbie said. “And our theater season is a huge part of who we are, but we offer many other programs as well.”

In addition to main stage theater productions, Towngate also offers poetry and spoken word performances and children’s theater.  Towngate also has comedy and improv shows. Local and regional musicians perform concerts on the Towngate stage, and a variety of acting classes are offered year-round for all ages.

As a single screen cinema, Towngate shows a variety of films on select weekends throughout the year.

Crosbie said film selections include classic films in conjunction with the WFS as well as independent films, thought-provoking documentaries and film shorts by local and regional filmmakers.

“Our movie selections encourage thought and conversation,” she explained. “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.”

For more information on Towngate Theatre, visit www.oionline.com or call 304-242-7700.

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