“They are both passionate about film and its social and entertainment value. We’ve tackled a number of ‘challenging’ films as well as many that give us sheer joy,” she said. “The BoomerVenture Screening room helps keep the little-known gems from slipping past us, without the chance to know they exist.”
Recently, the center screened “Herb and Dorothy,” a documentary about two “ordinary” people who spent a lifetime accumulating a multi-million-dollar art collection. The screening coincided with a major gift the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection recently made to Bowdoin College Museum in Maine that consisted of 320 works of contemporary art by nearly 70 artists.
“We were happy to be on the leading edge of introducing our constituents to that amazing couple and their contribution to a local institution,” Payne-Taylor said.
Thoday said having inexpensive options to see a classic or award-winning film nearby is appealing for singles, couples and families — in other words, everyone. And, he is thrilled that his church, where he serves as facilities coordinator, is now on the movie bandwagon.
“We hope to have classic movies, movies for kids ... have popcorn and maybe pizza and the idea is going over well. It seems people are looking for something to do on a winter night and they want to meet others,” he said. “This is a great way to do that.”
WHERE THE MOVIES ARE
The Center at Punchard’s BoomerVenture Screening Room: Thursdays, 7 p.m.; “The Other Son,” Feb. 27. Movies also shown Mondays, 1 p.m.; 30 Whittier Court, Andover.
Memorial Hall Library: Monthly Monday Movie Night, Feb. 24, March 31, April 28, 7 p.m.; 2 North Main St., Andover.
Faith Lutheran Church: Friday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., “Witness to the Prosecution;” 360 South Main St. (Route 28), Andover.
Unitarian Universalist Church: Fourth Friday of the month, September through May, 7 p.m.; 60 Locke St.
Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College: One Wednesday a month, 7 p.m.: “Great Expectations,” Feb. 26; “The Strong Man,” March 26; “Moby Dick,” April 30; “Les Miserables,” May 14; 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.