Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Humorous Horror


The fourth week of our annual October 'Wicked Wednesday' film series.


6pm - Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

An American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman about a nerdy florist shop worker who raises a vicious, raunchy plant that feeds on human blood. Menken and Ashman's Off-Broadway musical was based on the low-budget 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman. The 1986 film stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, and Levi Stubbs as the voice of Audrey II. The film also featured special appearances by James Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, and Bill Murray. It was produced by David Geffen through The Geffen Company and released by Warner Bros. on December 19, 1986.


8pm - Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

A British musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical stage production The Rocky Horror Show, music, book, and lyrics by Richard O'Brien. The production is a parody tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through early 1970s. The film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Royal Court Theatre, Roxy Theatre, and Belasco Theatre productions. The story centers on a young engaged couple whose car breaks down in the rain near a castle where they seek a telephone to call for help. The castle is occupied by strangers in elaborate costumes celebrating an annual convention. They discover the head of the house is Frank N. Furter, an apparent mad scientist who actually is an alien transvestite who creates a living muscle man in his laboratory. The couple is seduced separately by the mad scientist and eventually released by the servants who take control.


Doors 5:30pm . Films start at 6pm

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera    House Preservation Fund.


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Friday, October 28, 2016 - 9:00pm
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“Freekbass is the new spiritual warrior for the Funk” - Bootsy Collins


“…Virtuoso is a word that should be used rarely. But when discussing someone that oozes talent and skill like Cincinnati’s Freekbass (born Chris Sherman), we feel comfortable applying the noun…” New Times Broward-Palm Beach (December 2014)


Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Freekbass was an only child who initially wanted to be a magician. Living in Cincinnati exposed Freekbass to genres of music he may have missed otherwise. While most kids were listening to Nirvana and Green Day, he connected with the bottom-heavy sounds coming out of the boom boxes like Zapp and Midnight Star. While working in a music shop to pay off his first electric bass he had in lay-away, he began to study the classics of Larry Graham, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Parliament and Bootsy with a bass in one hand, and an MPC2000 in the other.


Freekbass has released six full-length CDs, including “Concentrate” with guests Bootsy Collins, DJ Spooky, Adam Deitch, and Steve Molitz, and “Junkyard Waltz” which includes guest appearances by Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead, keyboard wizard from P-Funk/Talking Heads Bernie Worrell, and is produced by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Also, national music DVD instruction company, The Rock House Method, recently released two Freekbass instructional DVDs “Learn Funk Bass with Freekbass (Level 1 & Level 2) “, and just released the instructional DVD/download “50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know”. In 2010 Freekbass connected with DJ Logic, and Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz to form the funktronica trio, Headtronics. In 2015 Freek released his next album, “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real”, which was produced by Duane Lundy (My Morning Jacket’s Jim James/Ben Sollee) and includes P-Funk/Rubberband keyboardist Razor Sharp Johnson, horn man Skerik, and Trey Anastasio Band vocalist/trumpet Jennifer Hartswick . Also, he was a part of London Bass Guitar Show in the UK giving a master class and performing. Plus he will be doing extensive touring with his mainstay funk group, “Freekbass & The Bump Assembly” which also includes Big Bamn on drums and Dan Barger on saxophones and horns. He also signed with the esteemed label Ropeadope.


“Freekbass is still a magician because when he has a bass in his hands, magic happens. I have been drawn to his magic for years and I’m so grateful to shine a light onto all of his awesome.” - Taraleigh Weathers – Huffington Post Blogger  


The Bump Assembly include Freekbass on Bass/Vox, P-Funk/Rubberband keyboardist Razor Sharp Johnson on keys/synths and P-Funk’s Rico Lewis on Drums/Vox.


Watch & listen to Freekbass and the Bump Assembly: 


The Pinata Project will open the show. They tap the influences of jazz, funk, rock, fusion, trance and drum and bass, blending them to create an organic vibe that continually entertains and excites audiences.  Pinata Project is 3/4 of Shephgerdstown band Ginada Pinata with Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, Matthew Lewis on Bass, Kenny Bussey on Guitar and are joined by Colin Shultzaberger on keys.  Their drive is to produce a live show which consistently redraws the boundaries of the traditional quartet as well as entertains. 


Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10


Watch & listen to Freekbass:


Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
Free Admission

In conjunction with Shepherdstown Boo Fest Opera House Live presents Ghosts of Shepherdstown – Season 1.


Destination America investigates the paranormal activities within Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Produced by Blade Brothers outfit MAK Pictures, Ghosts of Shepherdstown follows a trio of investigators trying to understand the slew of paranormal disturbances that constitute the majority of the historic town's 911 calls. Brought in by chief of police Michael King, the group includes paranormal investigator Nick Groff, tech whiz Bill Hartley and "paranormal sensitive" Elizabeth Saint. Each episode of Ghosts starts with a 911 call from a resident experiencing a strange happening, such as the sighting of a headless woman or the appearance of a body floating down the river. The police then call Groff, Hartley and Saint, who rush to the scene to look for evidence of ghostly activity. Later on, they enlist the help of local historians and psychics to understand the occurrences. - Destination America


Come and experience the “Ghosts of Shepherdstown” with a discussion & demo with Bill Hartley, founder and leader of the Greater Maryland Paranormal Society at 2pm followed by a special screening of “Ghosts of Shepherdstown” at 3:15 pm


Doors 1:30 pm .  Discussion  2pm 

Screening 3:15pm


Watch the trailer:

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Join us for our Halloween Party with The Christian Lopez Band.


Christian Lopez Band (CLB) is not merely riding the wave of Americana Music, the West Virginia natives, are bending it to its knees. With the will of his voice and the stomp of a steady beat, Christian Lopez and his band are pioneering their own brand of Alt. Folk Country Rock. Like a young Whitman, Lopez translates the iconic America before him into rousing romps and searing serenades employing crisp and thoughtful imagery and storytelling. Lopez is turning traditional songwriting on its head. Lopez takes listeners on a heartfelt rampage through emotion, energy and excitement caring less about the hook than hooking them in with the range and passion in his voice. One moment the music traverses the depths of one’s interior life and the next it rips the listener into a frenzy - a call to stomp, romp and roll.


Doors 8pm . Show 9pm 

Tickets $10 in advance/$12 DOS


Watch & listen to The Christian Lopez Band:


Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 1:00pm
Free Admission

Come out and enjoy this year's selection of Halloween films for the whole family.


1pm - It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966) 

Directed by Bill Melendez and written by Charles M. Schulz, the Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.


1:30pm - Frankenweenie (2012) 

An American black and white, stop-motion-animated fantasy horror comedy film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film of the same name and is a parody of and a homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley's book of the same name. The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands); Catherine O'Hara (Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas); Martin Short (Mars Attacks!); and Martin Landau (Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow).


Doors 12:30pm . Films start 1pm


Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund. 


Watch the It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown trailer:


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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 9:00pm
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 "..The Fiasco's strategy (covering Zeppelin) was both bold and cunning. Rather than trying to emulate Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's masterpiece with a reverent forgery, they toppled it to the ground and picked up the pieces they liked best." -Mark Rossler, Valley Advocate


"If anyone can walk this particular tightrope successfully, it is the Valley's finest sonic antidote to feeling low." -James Heflin of Valley Advocate


To a deaf person, they look like a New Orleans dixieland street band. To a blind person, they sound like a rave DJ mashing-up house beats with 60′s folk lyrics. To the police, it’s a busy day on the sidewalk.


On stage, the sound is different. This band has pioneered what is possible with mind-bending Accordion, funky pockets of a hyperactive Sousaphone player, and banjo that thinks it’s a Fender Strat. Add lyrics that grab hold of even the most inattentive audience and beats that channel surf like a remote that’s been sat on. The music is always high energy and extremely imaginative. Most importantly, this is fun. People smile from the first beat to the last smoldering ash of what was previously a dance floor.


Following a Grammy-nominated kids album, several conquered jam and electronica fests and stolen hearts at prestigious folk festivals, the Primate Fiasco audience demographic is as diverse as a New York City street. No one is safe from the Fiasco. You will smile.


In our Halloween Extravaganza, Primate Fiasco performs the DYLAN DISCO! The  highly innovative band (Tuba/Accordion/Tenor Banjo/Drums) pays tribute to a highly innovative songwriter. Both are genre bending manglers of context. One brings folk lyrics into pop, the other plays unlikely instruments in all manner of styles from EDM to funk to Americana and more. You’ve already heard Dylan in many styles. Now try him on the dance floor. And if you hear vague traces of skipping reels of rhyme to your tambourine in time, it’s just a ragged clown behind. I wouldn’t pay it any mind. It’s just a shadow you’re seeing that he’s chasing.” 


Come in costume we will have judges and prizes. Judging starts at 10pm & winners & prizes will be announced at 11pm.

Costume categories include:

Most Creative

Best Horror

Best in Cinema

Best Music Idol

Best Sci-Fi

Sexiest Female

Sexiest Male

Best Romance for couples


Doors 8pm  . Show 9pm

Tickets $10 


Watch & listen to Primate Fiasco:


Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 9:00pm
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With one foot firmly planted in the country-tinged rock of the 1970's, and the other foot wandering between alternative, power-pop and folk, The 29ers make a refreshing new kind of music that still feels familiar. Matt Metz and Matt Kline, who share lead singing and songwriting duties, have played in multiple bands and genres together for over 10 years. Their harmonizing vocals and guitars are complemented by Chris Chilcoat on drums, Martin Metz on bass, and Eric Watland on keyboards.

Metz and Kline made up half of the folk string band The Fox Hunt, which spent 8 years touring around much of the United States, as well as parts of Ireland, Scotland, and Japan. Prior to that, they played with Chilcoat in the instrumental post-punk/metal band The Red Oranges, who had garnered a reputation for complex song structures and frenetic live shows.


Pulling inspiration from the past and stepping confidently into the future, The 29ers are bringing their brand of rock and roll to stages in their home state of West Virginia and beyond.


Goodwolf led by Morgantown's Tyler Gradywill open the show. 


DooRs 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10


Watch & listen to The 29ers:


Watch & listen to Goodwolf:

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Atom Egoyan


6pm - Ararat (2002)

A Canadian-French drama historical film written and directed by Atom Egoyan and starring Charles Aznavour, Christopher Plummer, David Alpay, Arsinée Khanjian, Eric Bogosian, Bruce Greenwood and Elias Koteas. It is based loosely on the defense of Van in 1915 during the Armenian Genocide, an event that is disputed to this day by the Government of Turkey. In addition to exploring the human impact of that specific historical event, the film also examines the nature of truth and its representation through art.


8pm – Exotica (1994)

A Canadian drama film set primarily in and around the fictional Exotica strip club in Toronto. It is written and directed by Atom Egoyan and stars Mia Kirshner, Elias Koteas, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood and Don McKellar.


The story concerns a father grieving over the loss of a child and obsessed with a young stripper. It was inspired by Egoyan's curiosity by the role strip clubs play in sex-obsessed societies, and rules forbidding clients from touching dancers. It was filmed in Toronto in 1993. The film was a box office success and won numerous awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and eight Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture.


Doors 5:30pm . Films start at 6pm 


Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.


Watch the Ararat trailer:


Watch The Exotica trailer:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Join us for 

The 2016 Presidential Election Night Coverage.


Doors 5:30pm . Election coverage starts at 6pm


Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.


Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Maryland's premier Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia tribute band, recreate the Dead's feel and energy for fans of this great music! Founded in 2012, Better Off Dead is inspired to bring an exceptional energetic experience to the fans who are touched by this music as much as they are. "The connection between the band members themselves as well as their fans is as undeniable as is their talent and dedication to the music that they play." They are dedicated to pushing the envelop of improvisation and create unique and mind blowing shows. "Take our advice", and come ride on the Better Off Dead train!


Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10


Monday, November 14, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Quentin Tarantino Classics


6pm - Reservoir Dogs (1992)

An American crime thriller film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the feature-length debut of writer and director Quentin Tarantino, and stars Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney and Tim Roth. Tarantino and criminal-turned-author Edward Bunker have minor roles. It incorporates many themes that have become Tarantino's hallmarks—violent crime, pop culture references, profanity, and nonlinear storytelling.

The film has become a classic of independent film and a cult hit It was named "Greatest Independent Film of all Time" by Empire magazine.


8pm - Pulp Fiction (1994)

An American neo-noir crime black comedy film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and his second feature film. It is iconic for its eclectic dialogue, ironic mix of humor and violence, nonlinear storyline, and a host of cinematic allusions and pop culture references. Directed in a highly stylized manner, Pulp Fiction connects the intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a mysterious briefcase. The plot, as in many of Tarantino's other works, is presented out of chronological order.


The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture; Tarantino and Avary won for Best Original Screenplay. It was also awarded the Palme d'Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. A major critical and commercial success, it revitalized the career of its leading man, John Travolta, who received an Academy Award nomination, as did co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.


In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


Doors 5:30pm . Films start at 6pm 


Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.


Watch the Reservoir Dogs trailer:


Watch the Pulp Fiction trailer:

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 1:00pm
Free Admission

 Join us with the whole family for our Family Thanksgiving Films


1pm - A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.


1:30pm - Free Birds (2013)

Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good.The film stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler.


Doors 12:30pm . Films start at 1pm 


Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.


Watch the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving trailer:


Watch the Free Birds trailer:


Monday, November 21, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission



6pm - Pieces of April (2003)

Directed & written by Peter Hedges, April (Katie Holms) a wayward daughter invites her dying mother (Patricia Clarkson) and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

Winner of 15 Awards and 21 nominations.


8pm – Barbette’s Feast (1987)

A Danish drama film directed by Gabriel Axel and funded by the Danish Film Institute is at once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast is a deeply beloved treasure of cinema. Adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, it is the lovingly layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark. Babette’s Feast combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of sensual pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne. It was the first Danish film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language – Criterion Collection


Doors 5:30pm . Films start at 6pm 


Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.


Watch the Pieces of April trailer:


Watch the Babette’s Feast trailer:


Friday, December 2, 2016 - 9:00pm
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From the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville’s LOVE CANON resides in full bloom. Led by guitarist Jesse Harper and banjo wiz Adam Larrabee, the virtuoso group of string musicians become one on stage—-the super 80’s bluegrass hits machine, LOVE CANON; with, Darrell Muller on bass, Andy Thacker on mandolin & Jay Starling on resonator guitar.


Think Rocky IV, Kenny Loggins, Cyndi Lauper, Toto, ZZ Top, Aha and Dire Straits played with banjo, bass, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and high lonesome vocals. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you dance, it’ll “blind you with science!”


“Love Canon doesn’t cover the music of the ’80s as much as kidnap it and take it on a bluegrass-tinged joyride. It’s a general rule of American culture that it takes 20-40 years for a decade to shed its stale stench and get its groove back. There’s no shortage of clever musical re-enactors giving the first generation of MTV an ironic makeover: a fool’s errand, given that the music already was soaked in postmodern irony. By contrast, Love Canon refreshes and extends the originals with affectionate humor and effortless virtuosity. The players — including Old School Freight Train’s Jesse Harper and Darrell Muller, Virginia Commonwealth University guitar and banjo master Adam Larrabee, and Mandolin Virtuoso Andy Thacker — add layers of depth to the still-appealing pop hooks. They romp on throwaway classics such as ZZ Top’s “Legs” and “She Blinded Me With Science.” On their excellent version of “The Boys of Summer,” the folk instrumentation adds a traditional context to the time-capsule lyrics. After blazing through other up-tempo material, they shift to a slow burn on the closing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” It’s an unlikely choice for an all-male band, but they strip the song down to its bittersweet, feminist heart.”

   Peter McElhinney – Style Weekly


Doors 8pm . Show 9pm

Tickets $20 in advance/$25 DOS


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Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:00pm
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“There is little in this world so awe-inspiring as witnessing total mastery of a musical instrument. Like seeing Yo-Yo Ma play the cello or Placido Damingo belt out an aria – sometimes a performer’s perfection can elevate a piece of music to heights beyond the realm of imagination. By all accounts, Frank Vignola conjures just that sort of magic with his acoustic guitar.” – Matt Cauthron – Intermission Magazine


“Vignola, who possesses jaw-dropping technique, wears his influences on the tip of his pick” – Mike Joyce – Washington Post


” How versatile is Frank Vignola? He’s collaborated with Lionel Hampton and Madonna, covers Mozart and McCartney on the same record and is one of Les Paul’s favorite guitarists.” – Joan Anderman, Boston Globe


“One of the brightest…stars of the guitar” – New York Times


“The monstrous Frank Vignola…is one of the most vicious tremelo-pickers on the scene” – Jude Gold – Guitar Player Magazine


Frank Vignola, born December 30th, 1965, is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignole to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List: for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s jaw- dropping technique explains why the new York Times deemed him “one of the brightest stars of the guitar”.


With over 1000 engagements in the last five years alone, Frank Vignola has become one of the most popular and sought after guitarists on the international music scene. His dynamic genre-spanning music has brought him to 14 countries on three continents – and still growing – performing in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Carnegie Hall, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York’s Lincoln Center and the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.


Often featured on National Public Radio, Frank Vignola has also become a familiar figure on Public Television, featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends. His own PBS special, “Four Generations of Guitar” produced by Peter Berkow, premieres in the 2015 season as part of the forthcoming 13 episode series “Music Gone Public”, where they will be joined by special guests, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Craven and Tommy Emmanuel.

Vignola has written over 18 music books for Mel Bay Publications. He has also produced 8 full length video teaching courses for His on-line lesson and workshop courses have had over 137 enrolled students in the last 2 years. He has and continues to conduct clinic’s, masterclasses and workshops at Music Universities all over the world including Julliard and Boston University.


Vinny Raniolo

Vinny Raniolo is best known for his accompanying skills and is a very high demand rhythm guitarist. His dynamic playing has taken him to 14 countries on three continents, on NPR and Public Television with Frank. Vinny also made a screen appearance on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. - See more at:


Doors 7pm . Show 8pm

Tickets $15


Watch and listen to Frank and Vinny:

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 12:00pm
Free Admission

Join us for our 6th annual Toy for Tots event with the Garrison Corellia, 501st Legion.


The Legion will be there at 12pm and at 1pm we will screen  “A  New Hope” the original 1977 Star Wars in anticipation of the release of the new “Rogue One” Star Wars movie coming out the following week.


About Garrison Corellia, 501st Legion.

Garrison Corellia is a chapter of the 501st Legion serving the great state of West Virginia. Garrison Corellia is proud to participate in a wide array of charity and non-profit events throughout our state and within our local communities. Freely volunteering their time to help others while celebrating Star Wars, our members are always looking for opportunities to contribute , inspire and spread joy to the communities and state of West Virginia. For more go to:


Toys for Toys Mission:

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

For more go to:


Legion arrives at 12pm . Film starts 1pm


Admission is an unwrapped Toy for a Tot