Friends of Ludlow Auditorium

1 Whispering Pines Ludlow, VT  05149

Tel (802) 228-7239 email:

[a 50l (c)(3) organization]

"Our purpose is to promote the use of the Ludlow Auditorium

for the benefit and entertainment of the people of Ludlow,

the surrounding Black River area, and its visitors"







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April 8, 2017

at 7 PM


Classics of the '50's

"On the Waterfront"


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April Schedule Highlights Something for Everyone

The program schedule for April will feature great movie and musical events every Saturday night in the Ludlow Town Hall at 7 PM.

The events begin with a three weeks of movies, entitled "Classics of the 1950's".

Saturday, April 1 - "Sunset Boulevard"

This series will be kicked-off by an introductory presentation by Rick Winston, courtesy of the Vermont Humanities Council, on the great films of the 1950's.

Following Rick's introduction, FOLA will show the classic tale of a silent film star living in her past, coupled with a young writer and a faithful attendant. The movie stars William Holden, Gloria Swanson, and Erich von Stroheim; it was directed by Billy Wilder.


Saturday, April 8 - "On the Waterfront"

The second film in the series features Marlon Brando in his award-winning performance as a dock worker on Hoboken's mob-run waterfront. The cast also includes Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, and Rod Steiger.

Saturday, April 15 - "The Killing"

The final movie in the 1950's series is a classic, yet not well-known, film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The film tells the tale of a supposedly fool-proof scheme to rob a race track. The cast includes Sterling Hayden, ColeebGray, and Vince Edwards.

Saturday, April 22 - Silent Movie Festival

In a change of pace, FOLA will offer its annual 'Silent Movie Festival'. Jeff Rapsis will again provide the musical background to the feature film, the classic "The Kid", a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film written by, produced by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, and features Jackie Coogan as his adopted son and sidekick.

Saturday, April 29 - Broadway Musical - "Cats"

To finish this active month, FOLA will stream the hit Broadway musical, "Cats". This show is a musical version of T. S. Eliot's famous "Book of Practical Cats". Some of the many kittens in the cast include Elaine Paige, John Mills, and Ken Page.


Classics of the 50s Series

"Sunset Boulevard" Kicks-Off 'Classics of the 50s' Series, Saturday, April 1

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FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will present the award-winning movie, "Sunset Boulevard" on Saturday, April 1 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

This film starts a three movie series representing the classic movies of the 1950s. To start the program, Rick Winston, well-known film historian, will briefly discuss the three films in this series. Mr. Winston, courtesy of the Vermont Humanities Council, will describe the highlights of the film series with specific emphasis on "Sunset Boulevard", "On the Waterfront". and "The Killing", the three films in the series.

Sunset Boulevard is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder. It was named after the boulevard that runs through Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California.

The film stars William Holden as Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a faded silent film star who draws him into her fantasy world where she dreams of making a triumphant return to the screen, with Erich von Stroheim as Max Von Mayerling, her devoted servant. Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough and Jack Webb play supporting roles. Director Cecil B. DeMille and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper play themselves, and the film includes cameo appearances by leading silent film actors Buster Keaton, H. B. Warner and Anna Q. Nilsson.

In Hollywood of the 50's, an obscure screenplay writer, Joe Gillis, is not able to sell his work to the studios, is full of debts and is thinking of returning to his hometown to work in an office. While trying to escape from his creditors, he has a flat tire and parks his car in the driveway of a decadent mansion on Sunset Boulevard. He meets the owner and former silent-movie star Norma Desmond, who lives alone with her butler and driver Max von Mayerling. Norma proposes Joe to move to the mansion and help her in writing a screenplay for her comeback to the cinema, and the small-time writer becomes her lover and gigolo. When Joe falls in love for the young aspirant writer Betty Schaefer, Norma becomes jealous and completely insane and her madness leads to a tragic end.

Praised by many critics when first released, Sunset Boulevard was nominated for eleven Academy Awards (including nominations in all four acting categories) and won three. Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1989, Sunset Boulevard was included in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 1998, it was ranked number twelve on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 best American films of the 20th century.

As with all FOLA movies, the film is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be provided by Berkshire Bank with water offered by FOLA. For more information, call (802) 228-7239 or visit the FOLA web site at


Thanks, AGAIN! Your contributions have enabled FOLA to institute a new streaming system!

We'll be showing Broadway musicals and other cultural and informational programming over the course of this year - and in the future, thanks to your contributions and a marvellous donation from the District Rotary and Ludlow Rotary Club.

Take a look at our movies and coming events to see what we'll be offerring area residents and visitors. Rather than travel to the Big Apple and spend several hundred dollars for theatre tickets, you'll be able to see prime Broadway shows and plays in the Auditorium free (donations are appreciated) - all thanks to your financial assistance!

We're planning on more improvements this year and hope you'll continue to help us present quality entertainment and public service programming in the beautiful Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.




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