Just three weeks after the successful opening of the venerable Appalachian Theatre of the High Country (ATHC), Executive Director Laura Kratt announced details today for the next three public events at the Boone landmark with donor presale beginning Wednesday, November 6 and general public purchase available Thursday, November 7.
On the exact 81st birthday of the theatre, the film Hollywood in the High Country: A History of the Appalachian Theatre will have its debut at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 14. This feature-length documentary by Philip Arnold explores the 69-year history of the iconic main- street cinema in Boone, North Carolina. The magic of the movies comes alive through the stories of locals who grew up in front of the theatre’s silver screen. The film also recounts the efforts of the townspeople to purchase and restore the theatre as a performing arts center after it closed and was boarded up in 2007, in order to make the theatre once again the center of community life.
Starting at 6:30 p.m., the theatre will show a variety of old cartoons, serials, and newsreels from the early days of the Appalachian Theatre. This is a ticketed event and the $19.38 price is an homage to the 1938 opening of the theatre with birthday cake served at the conclusion of the event.
There is only one Sam Bush. The music legend will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 22. The Americana Music Association awarded Bush the Lifetime Achievement Award as an instrumentalist. The Punch Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Greensky Bluegrass are just a few of the present-day bluegrass vanguards among who site Bush as an influence along with numerous musicians. Bush’s performances are annual highlights of the festival circuit, with Bush’s joyous perennial appearances at the town’s famed bluegrass fest earning him the title, “King of Telluride.” This concert is a $38 ticketed event.
The Gathering is as lively and eclectic as any good family Christmas gathering, and will grace the stage of The Appalachian Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6. This holiday concert features Laurelyn Dossett, April Verch, Joe Newberry, and Mike Compton. With inspiring vocal harmonies and virtuoso instrumentals, The Gathering breathes new life into traditional Christmas music and introduces fresh new songs of the season. The Wall Street Journal said of The Gathering that, “It’s what the holidays were before shopping and Irving Berlin.” This concert is a $25 ticketed event.
Tickets to the general public for these events are available online at www.apptheatre.org beginning Thursday, October 22. For information about phone ticket orders and in person sales, call (828) 865-3000. Note that the theatre’s onsite box office hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and one hour prior to each curtain. The Appalachian Theatre is located at 559 West King Street in uptown Boone, NC next to the Boone Town Hall. Concessions are available for purchase at the theatre, but alcoholic beverages are not served at family-oriented events.
To learn more about the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, sign up for their mailing list, participate in their “Take-A-Seat” campaign, or to contribute to the annual fund, visit their website at www.apptheatre.org.