7:15 pm | $10/$8 members ($2 off if dressed for London in the 60s!) | 2 hrs 9 min | (99 min feature + 30 min The Beatles Live at Shea Stadium 1965)
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(the Swinging Sixties fashion discount is not available for advance ticket sales)
From June of 1962 to the time the band quit touring in August of 1966, The Beatles performed 815 times in 15 different countries and 90 cities around the world. The cultural phenomenon that their touring helped create, known as “Beatlemania,” was something the world had never seen before and, arguably, hasn’t since.
Rosendale Theatre continues its Music Fan Film Series with the highly anticipated documentary by Ron Howard Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years.
This is the same day as the London premiere of the film—and Rosendale Theatre joins theatres all across the country to show the film on this worldwide premiere date.
The film delves into the inner workings of the group – how they made decisions, created their music, and built a collective career together — as well as the effect those years had on their personal and musical evolution. New interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as well as a host of names with direct experience of the times add detail and depth. The film also explores the incomparable electricity between performer and audience that turned the music into a movement – a common experience into something sublime.
Drawing from more than 100 hours of rare and unseen footage collected from fans, news outlets and national archives, as well as the Beatles’ private collection, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years includes 12 full and partial performances from the concerts. These have been elegantly re-cut and re-mastered in high-definition and 5.1 surround sound and are the closest thing an audience can get to experiencing the band play live.
And, true to form, Rosendale Theatre is adding special activities to make the evening even more joyful: a full-on Beatles sing-along medley, a Swinging Sixties/London Mod fashion show, and a lobby activity center.
❶ Before the film, local musician Pete Santora will lead us in a pre-film Beatles medley. This is not just another Beatles fan’s medley of songs strung together; this is an intricately layered progression of song pieces (verses, choruses, middle eights) that build to an epiphany…accompanied by Laurie Giardino’s screen collages with song lyrics. Pete is uniquely qualified to bring his medley to Rosendale—he appeared in the original Broadway, National and London Productions of “Beatlemania” portraying George Harrison, and has since worked with various incarnations of the show including “Tribute to The Beatles”, “Get Back”, “The Beatles Fantasy Reunion”, “Beatlemania Now”, “Beatlemania, Again” and “Hey Jude.” Pete’s own recording career is long and storied as well. On his latest EP titled “Re: Pete” he is joined by musician friends who have played with The Band, Bob Dylan, Todd Rundgren, Van Morrison, Hall & Oates, Leonard Cohen, Bette Midler and Phoebe Snow.
❷ Got bell-bottoms? Mini-skirts, Union Jack jackets, Victorian mod? Paisley, stripes, dots? Wear them and get $2 off your ticket. Before the film, Carrie Wycoff, our mistress of ceremonies for the evening, will invite you to, dance, strut or stroll across the stage for an impromptu London Mod fashion show.
❸Rosendale Theatre will follow the 99-minute Ron Howard feature with the classic 30-minute short feature The Beatles Live at Shea Stadium 1965, also remixed and re-mastered.
❹ Before and after the film, interact with our White Album Board in the lobby. Write love notes to George John Paul & Ringo. Write where you were when the Beatles played Ed Sullivan. Were you at Forest Hills in ’64? or Shea in ’65?? Vote for your favorite Beatles song of all time.
More about The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years:
The studio work of The Beatles during this 1000 days of touring grew exponentially in richness and innovation from Please Please Me through to Revolver. Using studio chatter and outtakes, the film gives an intimate, bird’s-eye view of the band’s creative process at the legendary Abbey Road. And incredibly, as they left the road at the end of 1966, their studio output grew in power, innovation and exploration, changing the face of recorded music and defining their place in culture.
Eight Days A Week will be the 22nd film in Rosendale Theatre’s on-going curated Music Fan Film Series, unique in the Hudson Valley.
The series has presented documentaries, feature films and concert films, ranging from the 50th anniversary re-release of A Hard Day’s Night to The Wrecking Crew, Amy, The Amazing Nina Simone, and most recently Sidemen: Long Road to Glory.
You could say we’re in a golden age of music films of all kinds, mining the lives of artists across the entire spectrum of our collective musical history. A sub-committee of Rosendale Theatre’s Programming Committee has undertaken the challenge of identifying the best of the new releases, as well as classics that continue to resonate with the culture. And while some of the films in the series can be found on the small screen, it is the committee’s belief that showing these films on the big screen, with big sound (we do up the volume for this series), surrounded by other music fans, is a significant contribution to the music & film scene in the Hudson Valley–and our audiences have confirmed this. During the past year, the series has settled into a film every month.