The Magic of Movie Theaters

We are happy to announce that the Ruby will open again soon.We are accepting applications now to fill a Show Supervisor position. If you enjoy working with people, managing staff and providing outstanding customer service, this could be your ideal career! Just send your name, contact information, work experience and education, and interest in working at the Ruby to:  Larry Hibbard at rubytheatre@nwi.net or by mail: PO Box 499, Manson, WA 98831. Contact us at 509-687-3210 for more information.

The Historic Ruby Theatre was built in 1914 as a state-of-the-art movie theater. The Ruby was closed only twice in its 106 year history – in 1918 during a pandemic, and in 2020 during a pandemic. Since our March 13, 2020 closure, the Ruby has continued to be very much alive, and an active part of our community. We partnered with Riverwalk Books last spring to purchase a new book for each elementary school child in Manson and Chelan Schools. We supported our staff during the downturn, created our weekly newsletter for your enjoyment, developed new pre-shows,  repainted the theatre interior,  installed new seats in the first three rows, redesigned the stage and more. We hope you will enjoy experiencing these improvements when you return to see great films.

This week we want to share with you our two favorite classic films that celebrate the magic of movie theaters, and the important place they hold in the life of their communities.

The Majestic – 2001

Set in the middle of the Second Red Scare in 1951, a bright new screenwriter named Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey) finds himself accused of being a Communist for attending an antiwar demonstration in college. With his career suddenly destroyed, he gets drunk on a drive down the coast and crashes in the fictional Lawson (actually the Humboldt County town of Ferndale). Struck with amnesia, he is assumed to be a beloved member of the town who went MIA in World War II and is welcomed with open arms. He begins dedicating his life to helping restore the local movie house, the Majestic, which has fallen on hard times.

The wonderful thing about “The Majestic” is its zeal for re-creating a sense of the importance of cinema. Not only does Appleton’s work revitalizing the theater mimic the restoration of the film industry after the horrors of McCarthyism, but also the idea of movie theaters as an essential aspect of a community is shown in how much the town rallies to the Majestic’s cause. There is a heart to the film that transcends the cynicism of Cold War paranoia and modern profit-driven entertainment.

Cinema Paradiso (1988) - IMDb

Cinema Paradiso – 1988

Pioneering director Giuseppe Tornatore and musical legend Ennio Morricone more or less revitalized the entire Italian film industry with this incredible tale of the power of the movie theater. It follows a famous director named Salvatore Di Vita as he recounts his life growing up in the titular Cinema Paradiso in Giancaldo, Sicily. After striking up a friendship with the projectionist (Philippe Noiret), Salvatore falls in love with both the theater itself and filmmaking. Over the course of his adolescence, Salvatore becomes an intrinsic part of the town, after Salvatore becomes the new projectionist under his old friend’s tutelage.

See you at the Ruby soon!

Happy Mother’s Day!

For all you Moms out there… celebrate this week! Next Sunday May 9 is your big day, but try to take all week…. if you can. (ha!). And here’s a few favorite Mother’s Day films to help get your week going in the right direction.   Steel Magnolias (1989 PG) – A young beautician, newly… Continue Reading

Wild Weather

Dear Ruby Theatre fans, Springtime brings amazing and dynamic weather to Chelan Valley. One day it’s rain and wind and white caps on the lake, and snow in the higher elevations, another day we bask in warm sun and slow walks in the park or in the hills.  We have come to count on these… Continue Reading

Our Earth Home

We celebrate Earth Day this week, and this reminds us of our amazing home, the place that offers us remarkable sights, sounds, experiences. Jungles, Mountains, Oceans, Skies and more. And we are the caretakers. Here are some films that highlight stories of our wondrous planet. Winged Migration– This documentary (G) on the migratory patterns of… Continue Reading

Run for Fun

It’s that time of year when we see more people having fun outdoors running (and walking). We want to share with you some of the best films about running to celebrate the “running spirit” in all of us. Chariots of Fire tells the true story of two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and… Continue Reading

The Sound of Spring!

The birds are chirping the flowers are blossoming and the sun is shining! We’re feeling so warm and full of love we were inspired to share some of our favorite heart warming movies that remind us of the energy and sounds the season brings. Here are some of our picks from romper.coms list of 20… Continue Reading

Hop into some fun!

Easter is just around the corner! Can we all agree that it’s one of the most adorable holidays? Getting dressed in our pastel Sunday best, hunting for colored eggs, fresh blooms of spring and of course, the beloved Easter Bunny. It gives us all the feels and this year we are really looking forward to… Continue Reading

A night at the Oscars!?!

This years annual Academy Awards may have been postponed until April 25th but the Nominees are in! We found an article by the Los Angeles Times that features the Oscar Nominees and the predictions of who will take each category as researched by experts! You could be an expert too and make your guesses. So… Continue Reading

Luck of the Irish!🍀

Do you have have the luck of the Irish? It’s almost St Patty’s day and we were inspired to watch some of our favorite Irish-ish movies to celebrate this oh so jolly holiday and culture! Grab your corn beef and hash and a pint of your favorite green beer because we’re taking you on a… Continue Reading

Feed Your Soul!

There are times when we need a little help remembering the depth of our soul and how beautiful, yet fragile it can be. This week we were inspired to take a deep look inward and fuel our soul and spirits with some feel good, fire igniting films! We found a list of 10 movies that… Continue Reading

Site powered by Barker Host, a fully customizable movie theatre website solution for WordPress