Film buffs of New Westminster, rejoice.
The Last Mondays at the Movies series is returning after an extended pandemic hiatus – and you can catch the first screening at the Massey Theatre on Monday, Jan. 31.
The Arts Council of New Westminster announced the return of the film series today (Jan. 7). From January to June, moviegoers will once again be able to enjoy a collection of independent films and documentaries from Canada and around the world.
First up is Jump, Darling, a 2020 Canadian drama directed by Phil Connell. It stars Thomas Duplessie as Russell, a rookie drag queen reeling from a breakup, who escapes to Prince Edward County. There, he finds his grandmother Margaret (Cloris Leachman) in steep decline but desperate to avoid the local nursing home. The film was one of Leachman's final performances before her death in 2021.
"We are looking forward to reviving this program after such a long hiatus due to the pandemic," said program manager Laura Grady in a press release. "Last Monday at the Movies is a well-loved event, and we are thrilled to be working with Massey Theatre again to bring the community together for a shared cultural film experience."
The arts council says the safety and well-being of audience members remains top of mind. In accordance with the current orders from the provincial health officer, attendees must show proof of vaccination (by way of the BC Vaccine Passport or equivalent in your region), plus picture ID. You must currently have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Season passes are now available for purchase; the passes give you a chance to check out six films for $45.
If you purchased a 2019/20 season's pass (for the season that was cancelled by COVID-19), you can exchange the old one for a 2022 pass at no charge. Purchase or exchange your pass at the Gallery at Queen's Park or at Massey Theatre on the day of the film.
Advance tickets are available for purchase online, or use cash or credit at the door ($8 for seniors and $9 for general admission).
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with film at 7 p.m.