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Livermore: Bankhead reopening in May with film series

100 tickets for 507-seat theater to view movies, films of theater productions

James McAvoy in a 2020 production of "Cyrano de Bergerac." (Photo by Marc Brenner)

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has announced that the Bankhead Theater will reopen in May, screening films with a restricted audience size. Following state guidelines, only 100 tickets will be sold for each event, with patrons to be spread out in the 507-seat theater.

"King Lear" starring Ian McKellen as Lear and Anita-Joy Uwajeh as Cordelia at the Duke of York Theatre. (Photo by Johan Persson)

The first film, which was originally scheduled for the week the theater closed a year ago, will be "Fiddler on the Roof," at 7 p.m. May 19. Nine additional films include theater productions filmed for broadcast from London's West End and a "Travel Without Leaving Town" series featuring famous art and artists. In addition, Family Films will return for the summer; details will be announced soon.

"After what has been a very long year, we are really looking forward to welcoming our patrons back into the theater," said Chris Carter, executive director of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. "Until we are able to host live performances again, showing high quality films on our full-stage big screen can bring at least some of the joy of the arts back inside the theater."

"We hope to host outdoor concerts soon, but as our first priority remains keeping patrons safe, we continue to wait for county or state guidelines on how to do so," he added.

Tickets purchased for "Fiddler on the Roof" in 2020 will be honored in May, and patrons will be contacted to choose whether they want tickets reissued using the new COVID-safe seating map, or to exchange, donate or receive a refund instead. Any remaining tickets will then be made available at the standard Classic Film Musical price of $5 each.

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Tickets for "National Theatre Live," "Travel Without Leaving Town," and "Live from London's West End" are $15 each, with $10 tickets for students up to age 21.

The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St. in Livermore. For tickets, visit lvpac.org or call 373-6800.

Films at the Bankhead

Classic Film Musical; $5

7 p.m., Wednesday, May 19: "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971)

National Theatre Live Encore Screenings

$15 regular/$10 students to age 21

7 p.m., Thursday, June 10: "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand

2 p.m., Thursday, July 8, "King Lear" by William Shakespeare

Travel Without Leaving Town -- Great Art on Screen

3 p.m. Sundays

$15 regular/$10 students to age 21

May 30: Tintoretto -- A Rebel in Venice

June 13: Hermitage -- The Power of Art

June 27: Botticelli -- Florence and the Medici

July 11: The Prado -- A Collection of Wonders

July 25: Frida -- Viva la Vida

Live from London's West End -- Encore Screenings

8 p.m. Fridays

$15 regular/$10 students to age 21

July 16: "42nd Street"

July 30: "Kinky Boots."

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Livermore: Bankhead reopening in May with film series

100 tickets for 507-seat theater to view movies, films of theater productions

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Mar 31, 2021, 10:19 pm

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has announced that the Bankhead Theater will reopen in May, screening films with a restricted audience size. Following state guidelines, only 100 tickets will be sold for each event, with patrons to be spread out in the 507-seat theater.

The first film, which was originally scheduled for the week the theater closed a year ago, will be "Fiddler on the Roof," at 7 p.m. May 19. Nine additional films include theater productions filmed for broadcast from London's West End and a "Travel Without Leaving Town" series featuring famous art and artists. In addition, Family Films will return for the summer; details will be announced soon.

"After what has been a very long year, we are really looking forward to welcoming our patrons back into the theater," said Chris Carter, executive director of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. "Until we are able to host live performances again, showing high quality films on our full-stage big screen can bring at least some of the joy of the arts back inside the theater."

"We hope to host outdoor concerts soon, but as our first priority remains keeping patrons safe, we continue to wait for county or state guidelines on how to do so," he added.

Tickets purchased for "Fiddler on the Roof" in 2020 will be honored in May, and patrons will be contacted to choose whether they want tickets reissued using the new COVID-safe seating map, or to exchange, donate or receive a refund instead. Any remaining tickets will then be made available at the standard Classic Film Musical price of $5 each.

Tickets for "National Theatre Live," "Travel Without Leaving Town," and "Live from London's West End" are $15 each, with $10 tickets for students up to age 21.

The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St. in Livermore. For tickets, visit lvpac.org or call 373-6800.

Films at the Bankhead

Classic Film Musical; $5

7 p.m., Wednesday, May 19: "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971)

National Theatre Live Encore Screenings

$15 regular/$10 students to age 21

7 p.m., Thursday, June 10: "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand

2 p.m., Thursday, July 8, "King Lear" by William Shakespeare

Travel Without Leaving Town -- Great Art on Screen

3 p.m. Sundays

$15 regular/$10 students to age 21

May 30: Tintoretto -- A Rebel in Venice

June 13: Hermitage -- The Power of Art

June 27: Botticelli -- Florence and the Medici

July 11: The Prado -- A Collection of Wonders

July 25: Frida -- Viva la Vida

Live from London's West End -- Encore Screenings

8 p.m. Fridays

$15 regular/$10 students to age 21

July 16: "42nd Street"

July 30: "Kinky Boots."

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