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"



FOLA Notes . . .

(Pictured above is the cast of the FOLA Follies of 2014 in the opening number.)

Missed seeing the FOLA Follies of 2014?  You can still see the show - just

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Checkout FOLA's 2013 Summary of Activities and Accomplishments by clicking HERE.

A Big Change HAS COME to the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium!

"The old giveth way to the new". At least that's what happened to the seating in the Ludlow Town Hall this past week. The antique wooden chairs that have served the citizens and visitors in Ludlow since 1923 were replaced by new, well-padded seats. Under the auspices of FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium), the new seating was purchased and installed. Pictured above are, left to right, Frank Heald, Ludlow Town Manager, and Ulla Cook, Ludlow Town Clerk, as they inspect the newly-installed seating. The funding for the new seating was paid for by FOLA. The removed wooden chairs will on display in the auditorium; the 2 seaters are priced at $75 and the 4 seaters at $135; the wooden chairs may be viewed in the auditorium. According the FOLA Chair, Ralph Pace, much of the credit for the installation goes to help received from Mountainside staff and residents who assisted in the assembly of the new chairs, removal of the wooden chairs, and the installation of the new seating. He also thanked members of FOLA and Don Richardson and Susan and Bill Kneebone for their help in this project. The new chairs are considerably wider than the previous chairs and have, per Pace, "a much greater tolerance for contact weight comfort". Initially, FOLA believed the new seating would result in a loss of two seats from that of the wooden seating. However, with some creative changes, the auditorium actually will gain three additional seats. The first planned use of the new seating is on July 12 at 7 pm when FOLA will present the movie, "Yankee Doodle Dandy", with James Cagney.

And Mark Your Calendar for the Silent Movie Festival, Saturday, August 16

Enjoy the comedy of both Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin as FOLA presents the main feature, "City Lights".




Coming Movies:


August 16, 2014

at 7 PM


Silent Movie Festival featuring -

"City Lights"


Click HERE for preview



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1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT  05149

Thanks for Helping FOLA Raise Funds to "Re-Seat" the Auditorium!

FOLA's has succeeded in its "reseating" project, thanks to your help!


Now people can enjoy the comfort of new, wider, more comfortable chairs in the auditorium.


Your help was essential to making this happen.


Now FOLA needs to concentrate on improved audio equipment to make your experience in viewing the many functions that take place in the auditorium more pleasant and rewarding to you.


Your continued help is imperative to this end.






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"Jaws" Comes to Ludlow Auditorium August 2



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FOLA's next movie will be "Jaws", the record-breaking film by Steven Spielberg, at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday, August 2 at 7 pm.


Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a watershed moment in motion picture history. In the story, a giant man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers on Amity Island, a fictional summer resort town, prompting the local police chief to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. The film stars Roy Scheider as police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as oceanographer Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, Murray Hamilton as the mayor of Amity Island, and Lorraine Gary as Brody's wife, Ellen. The screenplay is credited to both Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script during principal photography.

It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn't sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy's mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they're going to need a bigger boat.

Generally well received by critics, Jaws became the highest-grossing film in history at the time, and it was the most successful motion picture of all time until Star Wars. It won several awards for its soundtrack and editing, and is often cited as one of the greatest films of all time. Along with Star Wars, Jaws was pivotal in establishing the modern Hollywood business model, which revolves around blockbuster action and adventure pictures with simple "high-concept" premises that are released during the summer in thousands of theaters and supported by heavy advertising. It was followed by three sequels, none with the participation of Spielberg or Benchley, and many imitative thrillers. In 2001, Jaws was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The movie is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of Berkshire Bank and water courtesy of FOLA. For more information, and 802-228-7239.