OGT Spotlight

OGT Spotlight

OGT Spotlight
By greenbelttheatre / 06/18/2020

OGT Community Recommends: AN UNEXPECTED LOVE

This piece is part of a series of blog posts from OGT volunteers recommending films they love for you to watch from home. By Gerardo Chacon In An Unexpected Love, the Argentine writer and producer Juan Vera explores the obstacle of the monotony of married life with two iconic Argentine actors: Mercedes Morán and Ricardo […]

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By greenbelttheatre / 06/16/2020

OGT Community Recommends: THE BIRDS

This piece is part of a series of blog posts from OGT volunteers recommending films they love for you to watch from home. By Christine Wells As a good will gesture during the COVID-19 Quarantine, my broadband service provider gave customers several weeks of free channels. Translation…I got to view some channels that I am […]

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By greenbelttheatre / 06/12/2020

OGT Community Recommends: CASABLANCA

This piece is part of a series of blog posts from OGT volunteers recommending films they love for you to watch from home. By Stacia Woycheck From an early age, I’ve loved relics from decades before me. My mother’s love of antiques may have fueled it. Don’t get me wrong—I can appreciate an old vase, […]

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OGT Spotlight
By greenbelttheatre / 06/09/2020

OGT Community Recommends: OTHER MUSIC

This is the first piece in a series of blog posts from OGT volunteers recommending films they love for you to watch from home. By Deborah Sorensen This celebratory 2019 documentary chronicles the rise and fall of Other Music, an independent record store in New York City, founded in 1995. Produced by married co-directors/producers Puloma […]

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The function of freedom is to free someone else - Toni Morrison
OGT Spotlight
By greenbelttheatre / 06/05/2020

A Message from Friends of Greenbelt Theatre: Black Lives Matter

We, the Friends of Greenbelt Theatre, believe in the power of film to generate understanding and empathy, community and—most importantly—conversation. We believe film is a powerful tool: one that can help us look at our past to understand our current context, one that can illuminate the everyday abuses of racism, and one that can educate […]

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OGT Spotlight
By greenbelttheatre / 04/29/2020

“Only one is a wanderer. Two together are going somewhere.”

By OGT Blog Squad Volunteer, Stacia Woycheck Hello, Old Greenbelt Theatre fans! I’m back after the hectic four-week crash course called, “Moving your job online ASAP”. In our current “stay at home” status, like you, I’m catching up on all of the things I “didn’t have time” to do before (minus the housekeeping), that’s still […]

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OGT Spotlight
By greenbelttheatre / 03/13/2020

OGT Closure due to COVID-19

Dear members and patrons, Since the Friends of Greenbelt Theatre reopened the Old Greenbelt Theatre on May 1, 2015, we have prided ourselves on never going a day without showing a movie. We’ve been there through snow days, every Federal holiday, a major renovation, and all the quiet normal days in between. It’s not some […]

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By greenbelttheatre / 02/24/2020

TOP HAT: “Every Once in a While I Suddenly Find Myself Dancing”

By Stacia Woycheck When I write my blog posts for the Monday Matinees, I typically rent the movie on Amazon Prime (mostly), watch it once, then write. Depending on the flick, sometimes I watch it twice. The March Matinee, Top Hat, is a “two-view” film for me. Although we haven’t had much cause for the […]

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OGT Spotlight
By greenbelttheatre / 02/17/2020

ASK CAITLIN: How do you pick the movies?

By Caitlin McGrath, Executive Director of Friends of Greenbelt Theatre Choosing the films we play is one of the most fun *and* most challenging parts of being Executive Director. Fun because I get to think about what our community might like to see, and challenging because beyond that much of it is out of my […]

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By greenbelttheatre / 02/10/2020

Hollywood & the Academy Achieve Record Diversity – Yet #OscarsSoWhite Remains Relevant As Ever

By OGT Blog Squad Volunteer Arrabi Nandakumar When April Reign, former attorney and current writer/DC-based activist first tweeted “#OscarsSoWhite” in 2016, it sparked a social movement as the hashtag spread through Twitter and news outlets, and led to mass boycotts of the 2016 Oscars. This spurred the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), […]

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By greenbelttheatre / 02/04/2020

1917: Review by a WWI Historian

By OGT Blog Squad Volunteer Nicole Hudgins With inspiration from his grandfather, director Sam Mendes has created an innovative “one shot” World War I adventure in the buzz-worthy film 1917. Faced with cut telephone lines as the consequence of a German retreat, a British general (Colin Firth) recruits two soldiers to deliver a vital message […]

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OGT Spotlight
By greenbelttheatre / 02/04/2020

The Old Greenbelt Theatre goes Beyond the Screen!

Dear Friends, At this time last year, we were facing a lot of uncertainty. With independent cinemas closing permanently all across the country and with our theater facing a four month renovation of our only screening space, we really weren’t sure how we’d keep our organization going. We explored all kinds of avenues to continue […]

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OGT Spotlight
By greenbelttheatre / 12/31/2019

Little Women: A Review

By Ephram Oliver, 15-year-old grandchild of Greenbelter and Member Stephanie Zirkin. The first thing I did after the credits rolled during Little Women was mouth “wow.” I love movies directed by women about women, and Greta Gerwig seems to be the master of exploring the complexities of the female spirit, portraying their strength as well […]

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By greenbelttheatre / 12/31/2019

Twentieth Century: “They are the only true actors we have left.”

By Stacia Woycheck, OGT Blog Squad Volunteer Start the year off right at the first Monday Matinee of 2019, Twentieth Century, on Monday, January 6th. The 1934 film stars John Barrymore as Oscar Jaffe—an overbearing, down on  his luck director—and Carole Lombard, as Mildred Plotka turned Lily Garland—Jaffe’s protege who strikes it rich as an […]

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By greenbelttheatre / 12/12/2019

A Holiday Card from O. G. Theatre

Dear Friend, We’ve come to the season where we sit down and take stock of the year. And wowie, what a year I’ve had! Not to brag or anything, but I’m looking fabulous. Alright, alright…I’ll admit, I did get a bit of a facelift. I got a new roof, new HVAC, new draperies, new screen, […]

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By greenbelttheatre / 11/12/2019

GATe Curtain Call: Parasite Review

Greenbelt Access Television’s Phoebe McFarb reviews Parasite, which runs in our Auditorium until Friday, November 15, when it moves to the Pop-up. Parasite is a 2019 film directed by Bong Joon Ho, who is best known for his films Snowpiercer, The Host, and Okja. Each has a different culturally significant message that plays an important role […]

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By greenbelttheatre / 11/05/2019

OGT’s Caitlin McGrath honored on Beltway Plaza Wall of Fame

Old Greenbelt Theatre’s Dr. Caitlin McGrath was honored by the Beltway Plaza mall on Friday, October 18 as she was inducted into their Wall of Fame, which recognizes Greenbelt locals who are making a difference in the community. Greenbelt Access Television recapped the event in this 4 minute video.

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By greenbelttheatre / 10/29/2019

The Apartment: Shut Up and Deal!

November’s Monday Matinee is the award winning film, The Apartment. The 1961 Oscar winner for Best Picture is chock full of young stars that you will certainly recognize. Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray create a powerhouse triad. Edie Adams (Miss Olsen) is thrown in for good measure. The film won an Academy Award […]

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By greenbelttheatre / 09/24/2019

“The Old Ladies Get 12” in October’s Monday Matinee

By Stacia Woycheck, OGT Blog Squad Volunteer After a month off for Labor Day, Monday Matinees are back! This Monday, October 7th feature is the classic Arsenic and Old Lace starring the ever debonair Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane, directed by Frank Capra. Oddly, Arsenic and Old Lace struck me as a film I thought […]

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TIFF Schedule Cover
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By greenbelttheatre / 09/23/2019

My Weird, Wonderful Experience at the Toronto International Film Festival

30 movies in 8 days.  This was the goal before I left – knowing that I could average four a day, with two more on the final morning before I dashed to the airport. To pull this off requires a lot of planning, hustling in and out of venues, and a long list of alternates, […]

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J. Elise Tea bottle
OGT Spotlight
By greenbelttheatre / 08/06/2019

NEW PRODUCT: OGT now carries J. Elise Tea

The Old Greenbelt Theatre is proud to feature concessions items from local businesses, and we are excited to announce that J. Elise Tea is joining the lineup, along with Zeke’s Coffee, Baba’s Brew, Dundalk Dan’s Beef Jerky, and other local favorites. J. Elise Tea beverage company was founded in 2016 under the health and wellness […]

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OGT Spotlight
By greenbelttheatre / 07/19/2019

Jezebel Unites Two Classic Hollywood Greats

Catch the last Monday Matinee of the summer as the OGT features the film Jezebel starring Henry Fonda and Bette Davis. The black and white romantic drama was released in 1938 by Warner Brothers and won five Oscars: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Score. The film has some similarities […]

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OGT Spotlight
By greenbelttheatre / 07/16/2019

OGT VIP Volunteer: Christine Wells!

Every six months, OGT picks a VIP volunteer. This is someone who in the prior six months has proved an indispensable part of our volunteer team or who has stepped up in a big way for us. This month, we chose Christine Wells as our VIP volunteer. During the lead-up to our big renovation and […]

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OGT Spotlight
By greenbelttheatre / 06/24/2019

Monday Matinee Preview: The Lady Eve (1941)

By Stacia Woycheck, OGT Blog Squad Volunteer The July Monday Matinee is The Lady Eve released in 1941, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. The comedy won the Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Story. It was named as a top ten films in 1941 and is considered one of the 500 greatest movies of […]

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