NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (State House News Service) — For the first time since March 2020, New Bedford is welcoming movie-goers back to the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center with next week's reopening and launch of Cinema New Bedford.
The new program, curated by New Bedford Film Society founder Mocha James Herrup, will bring weekly screenings of independent films from around the world, followed by Q&As with directors, filmmakers or cast members.
Films from the gender frontier will be featured in June, followed by favorites from Sundance, SXSW and Cannes in July.
There will be a break in August and September's theme is "Generation Kick-Ass - films about young people courageously and defiantly changing the world."
Organizers say the return to in-person viewing is based on demand and eased COVID-19 restrictions.
Movie-goers will receive e-tickets by email that can be printed or displayed on mobile devices. Capacity is limited to 100 tickets and plans call for ushers to seat groups, or pods, "based on availability and in adherence to social distance guidelines," with a limit of six tickets per pod. Face masks must be worn.