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In 1999, a handful of local movie-lovers had a challenging idea: to bring quality film to Old Town Winchester. We established ourselves as a non-profit group – Springboard Cultural Arts – and the Magic Lantern Theater project was born.


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February 5 / February 19

Released a year before Meryl Streep’s “Frances Foster Jenkins,” this French film also takes inspiration from the real-life story of a society matron devoted to singing opera — despite her decidedly tin ear.

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March 5 / March 19

An audience and critical pleaser from New Zealand, this is an affecting road movie about the adventures of Ricky – a defiant city kid – and his cantankerous “Uncle Hec” as they go on the run in the bush to escape local authorities.

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April 2 / April 23

The story of a young Jewish atheist who attends college in 1951 Ohio, where he clashes with both the school’s traditional social order, disappoints his overbearing parents’ hopes and falls for an attractive, complicated classmate.

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Our Next Presentation


January 8 at 4:30 p.m./January 15 at 4 p.m.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley/Barns of Rose Hill

This critically-acclaimed drama looks at ethical dilemmas arising from the use of aerial drones in modern military conflict. When a planned attack on terrorists suddenly threatens innocent civilian life, a British colonel (Helen Mirren) finds herself in an international dispute involving high levels of the UK and US governments.

Rated R; 102 minutes.

Latest News

A Message to Members of the Magic Lantern Theater

Nov 25th, 2016

The year 2017 will be one of transition between the MLT and you, our members and supporters. By the end of 2017, we plan to have phased out MLT memberships and to introduce a once-a-year support drive…. read more


Magic Lantern Supports Local PBS Documentary

Aug 25, 2016

We are very proud to announce that Magic Lantern recently made our first, modest grant of $2,000 to assist production of the forthcoming PBS documentary, Saving Place, Saving Grace… read more


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