The Beaufort Picture Show, a brand-new nonprofit neighborhood collective organization, will begin its inaugural season sharing and showcasing movies in Beaufort at the newly retro-fitted Mill Space, adjacent to Mill Whistle Brewery, starting this month and running through August.

The nonprofit organization started in January when a group of friends were thinking of things to do in Beaufort.

“Over several weeks and as ideas were discussed, it became obvious that small, independent movie showings were quite popular in many towns and several people had experience with the concept,” Beaufort Picture Show Inc. spokesman Vic Fasolino said. “Different venues were discussed around Beaufort and the Mill Whistle Brewery was at the same time developing activities in their new Mill Space to benefit the community.

“The connection was made and the Beaufort Picture Show will be showing movies at the Mill Space. Those initial friends, and some new ones, are now the board members of the new non-profit Beaufort Picture Show Inc.,” he continued.

Keeping with its stated mission to showcase a broad range of notable films that enrich lives, engage minds and build community, the Beaufort Picture Show’s kickoff summer season will present a slate of films featuring strong female characters, roles and voices.

According to Mr. Fasolino, the nonprofit organization contains a movie selection committee that is on the lookout for “thought provoking” films.

“As we get established we especially hope to hear what our patrons want to see, and we are open to suggestions,” he said. “Our committee then reviews the lists, screens the films and makes the final decisions.”

The collection of movies and show times is:

•    June 28: “On the Basis of Sex,” 5-7 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.

•    July 12: “Atonement,” 5-7 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.

•    July 26: “Lady Bird,” 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

•    Aug. 9: “Woodstock,” show times to be announced.

•    Aug. 23: “Amazing Grace,” 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

These movies were selected to highlight the organization’s ability to deliver high-quality digital images and sound in the theater, complete with comfortable seating and proper projection facilities.

Mr. Fasolino said there are companies that lease the rights to show the movies and the nonprofit organization pays fees based on the number of patrons and the number of showings.

The movies will be screened at Mill Space, 1354 Lennoxville Road, where moviegoers will be able to gather before and after the movie for discussion and libations.

According to a press release, the goal of the Beaufort Picture Show is to become the premier destination for cinema and cultural events on the Crystal Coast.

“People enjoy being entertained and having interesting movies that stimulate conversations among friends seemed like a very good fit in Beaufort,” Mr. Fasolino said.

Memberships and sponsorships are available now. All are welcome.

For tickets, schedules, showtimes and more, visit beaufortpictureshow.com.

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