Plaid Marquee brings award-winning films to New Glasgow

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Co-founders of the Plaid Marquee, Steve MacLean and Kathy Dodds, hold tickets for one of the film society’s screenings of award-winning films in front of posters for Anna Karenina and Quartet. Both of these movies will be shown in its winter season of films. AMY MACKENZIE – THE NEWS

NEW GLASGOW – The Plaid Marquee is set to bring another season of high-calibre films to Pictou County. Movies nominated for Oscars and received awards at the Golden Globes Sunday are in the Plaid Marquee’s winter lineup.

The non-profit film society’s aim is to bring movies that normally Pictonians would have to travel to a city to view.  

The Plaid Marquee is able to present them because it is in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit.

“We are one of 150 groups in 170 communities across Canada,” Kathy Dodds, co-founder of the Marquee said. “Basically, what happens is the Toronto International Film Festival wants to get their films out to Canadians and to promote them and we joined up 10 years ago and we’ve partnered with Empire Theatres and they’ve been very good to us.”

Dodds said Plaid Marquee members are very picky when it comes to what movies they include in their lineup and do a fair bit of research before settling on a film.

“We depend on certain websites for a lot of our research and we try to pick movies that we think are going to be Golden Globe-nominated or Oscar-nominated,” she said. “All of our films have won awards at film festivals around the world.”

Steve MacLean, another co-founder, said the group has been getting better in their Oscar and Golden Globe predictions. He said despite the revolutions in home theatre, the market for moviegoers is still strong and the Plaid Marquee caters to those who want a night out, watching a well-received movie.

“People still enjoy coming to see a movie and sitting in the dark with strangers and enjoying a good old movie,” he said. “The love of the movies still exists in society and we want to provide that for people who enjoy fine films.”

The movies are screened on the last Thursday of each month from January to May starting at 7 p.m. at Empire Theatres.

January’s movie is “The Master” which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. February’s film is “Anna Karenina” starring Keira Knightley. In March, the Plaid Marquee will screen “Quartet,” starring Maggie Smith, which is also Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut.  In April, “Stories We Tell,” will be screened. The movie just received the Toronto Film Critics Rogers Media Award worth $100,000. In May, the film “Amour” will be screened, a French film that won best foreign language film at the Golden Globes.

“2012 has been quite a year for movies, a lot of wonderful movies,” Dodds said.

Tickets to a Plaid Marquee movie screening are $10 at the door, or $8 with a season pass, which can be purchased at any screening. For more information, visit the Plaid Marquee’s website at http://www.parl.ns.ca/marquee/index.html

Organizations: Empire Theatres

Geographic location: Toronto, New Glasgow, Pictou County Canada

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