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Pelham Picture House Set For 2012 Summer Olympics

PELHAM, N.Y. — In the days leading up to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, The Picture House will be showing nine Olympic-related films in a program called “Faster, Higher, Stronger: The Olympics on Screen.”

Being dubbed a perfect primer by The Picture House in a press release announcing the event, the series celebrates and explores “the on-screen legacy of the Olympics” and all that it represents.

“What better way to capture the grandeur and vitality of the games than on the big screen?” asked Ilya Tovbis, director of programming at The Picture House. “We’re confident that our series offers something for everyone and captures the Olympics as a unique, all-in-one political, athletic, social and cultural event.”

The series includes “family films ( Cool Runnings , Miracle ), Oscar-winners ( One Day in September ), classics ( Million Dollar Legs , Visions of 8 ), and documentaries on both Olympic medalists ( Jesse Owens, Strong! ) and aspiring ones ( Warrior Champions, China Heavyweight ).”

The films will not be the only part of the series for patrons to enjoy, as “filmmakers Q&As, appearances by former Olympians, panels with sports writers, historians and other experts” will take place after many of the screenings.

Admission is $40 for a series pass or $25 for members. On an individual basis, the cost for admission to the films is $12 at the door or $9 in advance. The senior/student/child cost is $10 at the door or $8 in advance, while The Picture House member price is $6.

The seven-day event kicks off Friday, July 20, with Cool Runnings at 5:30 p.m. and Jesse Owens at 7:30 p.m. The rest of the schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 21: China Heavyweight (1:30 p.m.), Warrior Champions (3:30 p.m.), Jesse Owens (5:45 p.m.), Miracle (8 p.m.)

Sunday, July 22: Million Dollar Legs (noon), Visions of 8 (1:30 p.m.), One Day in September (5 p.m.), Strong! (7 p.m.)? ?

Monday, July 23: Strong! (7 p.m.), Million Dollar Legs (8:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 24: Warrior Champions (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 25: Cool Runnings (1:30 p.m.), China Heavyweight (7 p.m.), Cool Runnings (9 p.m.)

Thursday, July 26: Million Dollar Legs (1:30 p.m.), Miracle (7 p.m.)

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