Playhouse turns into a movie house


It will be lights, camera, action at Victoria Playhouse Petrolia starting Friday.
The VPP working with several local service club is beginning movie nights inside the theater Friday.
Richard Poore, director of performing arts, says last year about $300,000 worth of renovations were complete. They included installing a retractable movie screen . “It’s 24 by 12 and then we needed a small digital projector and our audio systems we have has been linked into it,” says Poore. In all, about $60,000 was spent on the film equipment.
Now it is ready for use. The Petrolia Rotary Club will host the first film, the Academy Award winning The Artist at 7 pm Friday. The Central Lambton Optimist will host Monsters University during the Family Day weekend.
Poore hopes it is just the beginning of the movies at VPP. “We’re looking at indie films and art films. And two different individuals have approached me who know film makers so we may show their films and then have a conversation with the director after.”
Poore says there are a number of openings for films between January and April. The VPP is not expecting to bring in a lot of revenue with the project. “It’s more about community engagement and entertainment.”