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What’s YOUR Story?

by Amy Cole

As we reflect on 100 years of making movie memories, we want to know, what’s your Picture House story? 

At The Picture House we often talk about the magic of the movies, but what exactly is that magic? Is it the smell of the popcorn, the anticipation of the big screen flickering to life, and the imagination coming alive? Is it found in the feeling of sitting shoulder to shoulder in the dark with friends, family, and strangers captivated by a good story? It’s hard to describe and different for all of us. Maybe, the magic is in the mix. 

For Diane Pizzarello, a longtime Picture House patron, it started with Mary Poppins. In 1964, Diane’s grandmother, Doris Ostlund, took her to see the original Julie Andrews film on the big screen at the Pelham Picture House (as it was then known). 54 years later, when the much-anticipated sequel Mary Poppins Returns debuted, Diane wanted to share that magic and make new movie memories with her own granddaughters, Leanna and Tatiana Santiful. We were thrilled to welcome them to the theater and shared in their delight of Emily Blunt’s enchanting portrayal of everyone’s favorite nanny. As Mary Poppins herself would say, it was “practically perfect in every way.” 

As we continue our year-long celebration of the theater’s centennial we want to hear from YOU. In a short video or a few lines, tell us your favorite Picture House story or movie memory and we’ll share it on our centennial website

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