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With your help, we've been working hard to fulfill our mission of providing Fairfield County with a vibrant center that showcases the best of film.

Our Special Events and Guest Speakers Series has introduced many actors, directors, producers, local experts, and academicians to the community (see the Photo Gallery). These events, many in conjunction with local organizations, are a testament to what the Avon can offer. We've also successfully launched many series including Critic's Choice, 35 years in 35mm: The Best of 1971 and Cinema Tropical.

Retrospective of Special Events and Guest Speakers:

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 |2006 | 2005 | 2004

 

- 2014 -

April 16
The Rolling Stones
The Ron Years (1973-1990s)

The Rolling Stones

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live The Rolling Stones The Ron Years (1973-1990s). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

April 10
I Love You, I Love You

I Love You, I Love You

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented I Love You, I Love You (1967)
(Je T’aime, Je T’aime)
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April 9
Fat City

Fat City

Special Event
The FTMA Talk Back Series Co-presented by Sacred Heart University presented Fat City (1972), moderated by Professor Justin Liberman.

April 3, 5, 6
The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented a Special Screening of The Princess Bride (1987).

April 2
Inequality For All

Inequality For All

Special Event
Documentary Night co-presented by Common Cause In Connecticut presented Inequality For All. The event included
post-film Q&A with Cheri Quickmire.

March 28
The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & India Cultural Center of Greenwich presented The Lunchbox. The event included special opening night reception with Indian food tastings.

March 25
Back To The Future

Back To The Future

Special Event
Cult Classics presented free screening of Back To The Future (1985).

March 20
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Scooby Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery

Special Event
The Avon Theatre Co-Presented by the WWE presented Special Advance FREE Screening of SCOOBY DOO! WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY.

March 20
The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Members-only Advance Screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel. The event included complimentary wine and cheese reception before the film.

March 19
Genesis

Genesis

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live GENESIS featuring Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel,
Rare Clips (1970s-1980s)
. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

March 19
Network

Network

Special Event
The FTMA Talk Back Series Co-presented by Sacred Heart University presented The Fourth Estate NETWORK (1976), moderated by Professor Damon Maulucci.

March 13
Today

Today

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Today (Aujourd’hui). The event included pre-film reception and post-film Q&A with actors Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman, moderated by Professor Ronnie Scharfman (SUNY Purchase).

March 10
First Position

First Position

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & Ballet School of Stamford presented First Position. The event included post-film Q&A with with Flavio Salazar (Ballet School of Stamford Instructor, featured in the film).

March 5
Schooled

Schooled

Special Event
Documentary Night presented Schooled. The event included post-film Q&A with Executive Producer Bobby Valentine and Producer Andrew J. Muscato.

March 5
A Face In The Crowd

A Face In The Crowd

Special Event
The FTMA Talk Back Series Co-presented by Sacred Heart University presented A Face In The Crowd (1957), moderated by Professor Damon Maulucci.

March 2
Red Carpet
Oscar® Night Party

Oscar Night Party

Special Event
The Avon Theatre celebrated the 86th annual Academy Awards with a live Oscar® telecast on The Avon’s big screen direct from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. The evening included feature photographs on the red carpet, sumptuous food and drinks, costume prizes for Best Red Carpet Attire and Best 1939 Costume.

March 2
Dallas Buyers Club

Captain Phillips

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Captain Philips nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Mixing.

March 1
Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Dallas Buyers Club nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay.

February 27
Shorts - Live Action

Shorts - Live Action

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Shorts - Live Action..
This year’s selections included Helium, The Voorman Problem, Avant Que De Tout Perdre / Just Before Losing Everything,
Aquel No Era Yo / That wasn’t Me, Do I Have to Take Care of Everything.


February 27
Shorts - Animated

Shorts - Animated

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Animated Shorts.
This year’s selections included Get a Horse!, Mr. Hublot, Feral, Possessions, Room on the Broom.


February 26
Lenny (1974)

Lenny

Special Event
The FTMA Talk Back Series co-presented by Sacred Heart University presented The Dark Side Of Funny LENNY (1974), moderated by Professor Damon Maulucci.


February 25
Zoolander

Zoolander

Special Event
Cult Classics presented Zoolander.


February 23
Shorts - Live Action

Shorts - Live Action

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Shorts - Live Action..
This year’s selections included Helium, The Voorman Problem, Avant Que De Tout Perdre / Just Before Losing Everything,
Aquel No Era Yo / That wasn’t Me, Do I Have to Take Care of Everything.


February 23
Cutie And The Boxer

Cutie And The Boxer

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Cutie And The Boxer nominated for Best Documentary Feature.


February 22
Shorts - Animated

Shorts - Animated

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Animated Shorts.
This year’s selections included Get a Horse!, Mr. Hublot, Feral, Possessions, Room on the Broom.


February 22
Prisoners

Prisoners

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Prisoners nominated for Best Cinematography.


February 19
Aerosmith
(1972-1990s)

Aerosmith

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Aerosmith (Rare Clips (1972-1990s). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.


February 19
Mr. Saturday Night

Mr. Saturday Night

Special Event
The FTMA Talk Back Series co-presented by Sacred Heart University presented The Dark Side Of Funny MR. SATURDAY NIGHT (1992), moderated by Professor Justin Liberman.


February 16
Broken Circle Breakdown

Broken Circle Breakdown

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Broken Circle Breakdown nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.


February 15
Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Despicable Me 2 nominated for Best Animated Feature.


February 11
Shorts - Animated

Shorts Animated

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Animated Shorts.
This year’s selections included Get a Horse!, Mr. Hublot, Feral, Possessions, Room on the Broom.


February 11
Shorts - Live Action

Shorts Live Action


Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Shorts - Live Action..
This year’s selections included Helium, The Voorman Problem, Avant Que De Tout Perdre / Just Before Losing Everything,
Aquel No Era Yo / That wasn’t Me, Do I Have to Take Care of Everything.

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February 9
The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented The Garndmaster nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design.


February 8
Shorts - Documentary

Karama Has No Wall

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Shorts - Documentary.
This year’s selections included The Lady in Number 6, Karama Has No Walls, Facing Fear, CaveDigger, Prison Terminal..


February 2
Shorts - Animated

Mr. Hublot

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Animated Shorts.
This year’s selections included Get a Horse!, Mr. Hublot, Feral, Possessions, Room on the Broom.


February 1
Red Carpet Gala

Red Carpet Gala

Special Event
The Avon Theatre hosted an inaugural gala at at L'Escale at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor.
The event included:
- Music and Dancing to the Alex Donner Orchestra
- Avon Award for Support of the Arts Presented to:
Ellen T. Reid


February 1
Shorts - Live Action

Live Action

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Live Action Shorts.
This year’s selections included Helium, The Voorman Problem,Avant Que De Tout Perdre / Just Before Losing Everything,Aquel No Era Yo / That wasn’t Me, Do I Have to Take Care of Everything.


January 28
Wayne's World (1992)

Wayne's World

Special Event
Cult Classics presented Wayne's World.

January 22
Chicago
Rare Clips: The Early Years

Chicago

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Chicago (Rare Clips: The Early Years). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

January 16
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Special Event

French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (a brand new 50th anniversary digital restoration). The event included post-film discussion with Professor Anne Kern (SUNY Purchase).

January 9
The Square

The Square

Special Event

Documentary Night presented The Square (Shortlisted as one of the 15 finalists for this year's Oscars). The event included post-film Q&A with director Jehane Noujaim (CONTROL ROOM).

- 2013 -

December 19
Leonard Cohen
Rare Clips
(1967-1980s)
Leonard Cohen

Special Event

Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Leonard Cohen: Rare Clips (1967-1980s). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

December 12
Bay of Angels

Bay of Angels

Special Event

French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Bay of Angels. The event included post-film discussion with Professor Anne Kern (SUNY Purchase).

December 7
Elf

Elf

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented free holiday screening of Elf.

December 5
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Special Event
Cult Classics presented Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

December 4
Herb and Dorothy 50 X 50

Herb and Dorothy 50X 50



Special Event
Documentary Night presented Herb and Dorothy 50X 50. The event included post-film Q&A with director Megumi Sasakiand Carte Blanche Donors Thank You Reception at Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery.

November 21
Garage Bands of the 1960s
Rare Clips

Garage Bands of the 1960s



Special Event

Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Garage Bands of the 1960s, Rare Clips. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.


November 14
Lola

Lola



Special Event

French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Lola. The event included post-film discussion with Professor Anne Kern (SUNY Purchase)


November 7
Fight Club

Fight Club



Special Event

Cult Classics presented Fight Club.


November 6
Money For Nothing:
Inside The Federal Reserve

Money For Nothing: Inside The Federal Reserve



Special Event

Documentary Night presented Money For Nothing: Inside The Federal Reserve. The event included Post-film Q&A with filmmaker Jim Bruce. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.


October 30
Stolen Kisses

Stolen Kisses



Special Event

French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Francois Truffaut’s Stolen Kisses.


October 26
The Rocky Horror
Picture Show

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

Special Event

Cult Classics presented The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The event included Costume Contest.


October 24
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

Special Event

Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Rare Clips (1970s-1980s). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.


October 23
Burn

Burn

Special Event

Co-presented by the Stamford Fire Department
A Benefit Screening of Burn. The event was hosted by and benefiting The Stamford Fire Safety Foundation Fund
and The Stamford Firefighters Burn Foundation.


October 16
See No Evil, Hear No Evil

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Special Event


Wilder's Picks presented Special Screening of See No Evil, Hear No Evil. The event included post-film Q&A with Gene Wilder moderated by Karen Wilder.


October 10
The Dead Zone

The Dead Zone

Special Event


Cult Classics presented The Dead Zone(1983), a newly restored digital presentation of David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Stephen King’s book.


October 8
Justice Is A Black Woman:
The Life And Work Of
Constance Baker Motley

Branca's Pitch

Special Event

The Avon Theatre presented Special screening of Justice Is A Black Woman: The Life And Work Of Constance Baker Motley. The event included post-film Q&A with Dr. Gary Ford Jr.


October 3
Branca's Pitch

Branca's Pitch

Special Event

The Avon Theatre presented Special screening of Branca's Pitch. The event included post-film Q&A with Ralph Branca, Bobby Valentine and filmmaker Andrew J. Muscato.


October 2
Aka Doc Pomus

Women of Folk Music

Special Event

Documentary Night co-presented by The Avon Theatre & Stamford Jewish Community Center presented AKA DOC POMUS. The event included post-film Q&A with
Sharyn Felder (Doc Pomus’ Daughter & Producer)
& Peter Miller (Director & Producer).


September 26
Women of Folk Music
(1950s-1980s)

Women of Folk Music

Special Event

Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Women of Folk Music (1950s-1980s). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

September 24
Shored Up

Shored Up

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Special screening of Shored Up. The event included post-film Q&A with Denise Savageau, Conservation Director of the Town of Greenwich.

September 23
Rush

Rush

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Free Members Only Sneak Preview of Ron Howard's Rush.

September 19
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

Special Event

French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, a new film by Alain Resnais.

September 11
If These Knishes Could Talk

If These Knishes Could Talk

Special Event

Documentary Night presented If These Knishes Could Talk.
The event included post-film Q&A with filmaker Heather Quinlan.

September 5
From Russia With Love
(1963)

From Russia With Love

Special Event

Cult Classics presented From Russia With Love (1963).

August 28
The Kinks 2
Rare Clips (1960s-1980s)

The Kinks_2

Special Event

Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live The Kinks 2,Rare Clips (1960s-1980s). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

August 22
The Warriors
(1979)

The Warriors

Special Event

Cult Classics presented The Warriors.

August 21
American Graffiti

American Graffiti

Special Event


The Avon Theatre presented Special 40th Anniversary Screening of American Graffiti. The event included reception hosted by Lucky's Classic Burger & Malt Shop
and Costume Contest with Prizes.

August 15
Augustine

Augustine

Special Event


French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Augustine.

August 8
The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid

Special Event

Cult Classics presented The Karate Kid (1984).

August 7
Big Star:
Nothing Can Hurt Me

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Special Event

The Avon's Documentary Night presented Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me. The event included post-film Q&A with Director/Producer Olivia Mori.

July 31
2013 Sundance Film Festival
Short Films

2013 Sundance Film Festival

Special Event

Avon Theatre presented 2013 Sundance Film Festival
Short Films.
A roller coaster mix of drama and comedy, the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILMS program was a collection of eight short films from the 2013 edition of the Festival.

July 25
Scanners

The Velvet Underground

Special Event


Cult Classics presented Scanners.



July 24
The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground

Special Event

Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live The Velvet Underground Rare Clips (1966-1985). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.



July 18
A Pig Across Paris

A Pig Across Paris

Special Event

French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented A Pig Across Paris.



July 11
The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

Special Event

Cult Classics presented a special 15th Anniversay Screening of The Big Lebowski.



July 10
Hey Bartender

Hey Bartender

Special Event

The Avon's Documentary Night presented Hey Bartender.
The event included post-film Q&A with Douglas Tirola (Director), Susan Bedusa (Producer), Stephen Carpentieri (Cast) & Steve Schneider (Cast) moderated by Joe Meyers (CT Post).

June 27
Missing In Action

Missing In Action

Special Event

Cult Classics presented Missing In Action.



June 26
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Special Event

Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Fleetwood Mac Rare Clips (1960s-1980s) . Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.



June 20
Something in the Air

Something in the Air

Special Event

French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Something in the Air.



June 13
Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused

Special Event

Cult Classics presented Dazed and Confused
(20th Anniversary Screening).



June 12
Unacceptable Levels

Unacceptable Levels

Special Event

Avon Theatre and Clean Water Action Connecticut presented Unacceptable Levels. The event included post-film Q&A with filmmaker Ed Brown.



June 5
Harvest of Empire

Harvest of Empire

Special Event

The Avon's Documentary Night Co-presented by Neighbors Link Stamford presented Harvest of Empire. The event included a pre-film wine reception at Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery.

AVON SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS 2013 RECEPTION AND CEREMONY preceded this screening.

May 30
Murder, My Sweet

Murder, My Sweet

Special Event
Special Event A Night Of Noir presented MURDER, MY SWEET (1944).
The event included post-film Q&A with film noir maven Michael Kovner.

May 23
C.H.U.D.

The British Invasion

Special Event
Cult Classics presented C.H.U.D..

May 22
The British Invasion

The British Invasion

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live THE BRITISH INVASION PART 2 RARE CLIPS (1960s – 1970s). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

May 15
Port of Shadows

Port of Shadows

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Port of Shadows.

May 9
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

May 7
Rock ‘N’ Roll Never Forgets
with Dennis Elsas

Dennis Elsas

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Rock ‘N’ Roll Never Forgets
with Dennis Elsas.
Visit Dennis’ site for more info

May 1
Becoming Traviata

Becoming Traviata

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented sneak preview of Becoming Traviata (Official Selection New York Film Festival 2012).

April 25
Santana
Rare Clips (1968-1990)

Santana

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Santana (Rare Clips 1968-1990). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

April 18
Maryse Condé:
A Singular Voice

Maryse Condé

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Maryse Condé: A Singular Voice.
The event included post-film Q&A with Maryse Condé moderated by by Ronnie Scharfman, Professor Emerita of French and Literature, Suny Purchase College.

April 11
The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead

Special Event
Cult Classics presented The Evil Dead.

April 8
Saving the Next Generation of Zimbabweans from HIV/AIDS

Saving the Next Generation of Zimbabweans from HIV/AIDS

Special Event
Jean Doyen de Montaillou & World Health Clinicians presented Special Fundraising Event Saving the Next Generation of Zimbabweans from HIV/AIDS Zero Babies Born HIV-Infected.

April 7
Moving Pictures

Moving Pictures

Special Event
Cici Artist’s presented Moving Pictures Animated Art Shorts.The event was provided by support from Artist Fellowship Grant from CT’s DECD/ Office of the Arts and with promotional support from the Loft Artists Association and the Avon Theater Film Center.

April 4
100 Voices, A Journey Home

100 Voices, A Journey Home

Special Event
The Avon Theatre and Congregation Shir Ami presented 100 Voices, A Journey Home. The event included Post-film Q&A with Hollywood Giant Chuck Fox (Best known for his Grammy winning song Killing Me Softly with His Song).
To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

April 3
In Your Dreams:
Stevie Nicks
In Your Dreams: Stevie Nicks

Special Event
Avon Theatre presented In Your Dreams: Stevie Nicks, One Night Only screening.

April 2
Girl Rising

Girl Rising

Special Event
An Uphill Quest To Educate And Empower Girls 10 X 10 presented Girl Rising, film screening to benefit Girl's Education.



March 28
Doo Wop: The Dawn Of Rock

Doo Wop: The Dawn Of Rock

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live DOO WOP: THE DAWN OF ROCK (Rare Clips 1950s-1960s). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

March 21
Holy Motors

Holy Motors

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Holy Motors.

March 14
Gymkata

Gymkata

Special Event
Cult Classics presented Gymkata.

March 12
English Vinglish

English Vinglish

Special Event
Special Event co-presented by the Stamford Cricket Club & NETAM (Network of Asian Moms) featuring English Vinglish.
The event included free tastings & delicious box supper for $6 hosted by Tawa Restaurant.

March 6
Koch

Koch

Special Event
Documentary Night presented Koch.
The event included post-film Q&A with Director Neil Barsky.

March 3
The Sessions

The Sessions

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented a very special screening of The Sessions.
The event included post-film Q&A with John Hawkes
(2013 Independent Spirit Award Winner – Best Actor
2012 Hollywood Film Festival Award Winner – Breakthrough Actor
2013 Golden Globe Nominee – Best Actor
2013 Screen Actors Guild Nominee – Best Actor
2012 Broadcast Film Critics Choice Nominee – Best Actor).
To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

March 2
Oscar® Nominated Shorts – Documentary

Documentary 2013

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Shorts - Documentary.
This year’s selections included King’s Point, Mondays at Racine, Inocente, Redemption, Open Heart.

February 28
The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live The Moody Blues Rare Clips (1960-1980s). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

February 24
The Oscars at the Avon

Oscars at the Avon

Special Event
The Avon Theatre celebrated the 85th annual Academy Awards with a live Oscar® telecast on The Avon’s big screen direct from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood,hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The evening included feature photographs on the red carpet, sumptuous food and drinks, Oscar® ballots and prizes and festive Hollywood attire.

February 24
Searching For Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Searching For Sugar Man nominated for: Best Documentary.

February 23
Prometheus

Prometheus

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Prometheus
nominated for: Best Visual Effects .

February 21
The Big Picture

The Big Picture

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented The Big Picture.The event included pre-film amuse bouche of madeleines and coffee
hosted by Lorca.

February 17
Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Beasts of the Southern Wild nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay.

February 16
ParaNorman

ParaNorman

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented ParaNorman
nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film.

February 14
Vampyres (1974)

Vampyres

Special Event
Cult Classics presented Vampyres.

February 10
Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Chasing Ice
nominated for: Best Original Song (and one of 9 finalists for the documentary category).

February 6
Escape Fire

Escape Fire

Special Event
Documentary Night co-presented by The Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness at Stamford Hospital presented Escape Fire. The event included post-film Q&A with Marc Brodsky, MD Medical Director Joseph Feuerstein, MD Director Integrative Medicine Kathleen Sanders, APRN, Program Director, Mind-Body Medicine Ashley Maltz, MD Fellow, & Katherine Takayasu, MD Fellow.

February 3
Oscar® Nominated Shorts – Animated

Avon 007 Red Carpet Gala

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Shorts - Animated.
This year’s selections included Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”, Adam and Dog, Fresh Guacamole, Head Over Heels, Paperman.

February 2
Avon 007 Red Carpet Gala

Avon 007 Red Carpet Gala

Special Event
The Avon Theatre hosted an inaugural gala at at L'Escale at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor.
The event included:
- Music and Dancing to the Alex Donner Orchestra
-Avon Award for Support of the Arts Presented to:
Thomas L. Rich

February 2
Oscar® Nominated Shorts – Live Action

Live ACTION sHORTS

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Live Action Shorts.
This year’s selections included Death of a Shadow, Henry, Curfew, Buzkashi Boys.



January 31
The Monkees
Rare Clips (1966-1970)

The Monkees

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live The Monkees Rare Clips (1966-1970). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.



January 24
Max and the Junkmen

Max and the Junkmen

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Max and the Junkmen.



January 17
Creepshow

Creepshow

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Goerge A. Romero’s Creepshow.



January 9
Hava Nagila

Hava Nagila

Special Event
The The Avon Theatre, in partnership with the JCCs of Stamford & Greenwich presented a special sneak preview of
Hava Nagila. The event included introduction with Sheryl Shakinovsky, great granddaughter of “Hava Nagila” creator Avraham Zvi Idelson.



January 3
Quartet

Quartet

Special Event
The Avon Theatre Presented a free Members Only Sneak Preview of Dustin Hoffman's QUARTET starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Michael Gambonr.




- 2012 -

December 20
The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented The Piano Teacher (A film by Michael Haneke (AMOUR, CACHE), starring Isabelle Huppert).
The event included post-film discussion moderated by Joe Meyers, CT Post.



December 12
Head Games

Head Games

Special Event
Documentary Night co-presented by the Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles presented Head Games.
The event included post-film Q&A with guest panel including
Kevin Plancher, MD, Katherine Price Snedaker, MSW
and a local student athlete.



December 6
The Beatles
More Rare Film Clips
Part 2 (1962-1970)

The Beatles

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live The Beatles More Rare Film Clips Part 2 (1982-1970). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.



December 2
The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & The Better Angels Society presented The Central Park Five. The event included post-film Q&A with filmmakers Ken Burns and Sarah Burns, moderated by Joe Meyers (CT Post).



November 29
Wake In Fright

Wake In Fright

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Wake In Fright.

November 28
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented a special sneak preview of The Fitzgerald Family Christmas. The event included post-film Q&A with filmmaker/actor Ed Burns.

November 15
Hard Eight

Hard Eight

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented Hard Eight, the directorial debut of acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson
(The Master, There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights). Film critic Nick Schager hosted the event.

November 15
Farewell, My Queen

Farewell My Queen

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Farewell, My Queen..

November 7
Rock 'N' Roll Never Forgets with Dennis Elsas

Rock 'N' Roll Never Forgets with Dennis Elsas

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Rock 'N' Roll Never Forgets with Dennis Elsas, a live Multimedia Journey through the Historic Rock 'N' Roll Archives of legendary NY radio personality Dennis Elsas.

November 5
A Late Quartet

A Late Quartet

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented a sneak preview of A Late Quartet (Official selection Toronto Film Festival 2012).

October 25
Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Rocky Horror Picture Show.

October 23
The Garden of
the Finzi-Continis

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. The event included post-film Q&A with Alexander Stille, Journalism Professor, Columbia University.
Pre-film reception was hosted by Lorca Coffee Shop in Stamford featuring Lorca's signature churros and chocolate.

October 18
The Well-Diggers's Daughter

The Well-Digger's Daughter

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented The Well-Digger's Daughter.

October 17
An Evening with
Gene Wilder

Stir Crazy

Special Event
Wilder's Picks presented 35th Anniversary Screening of Stir Crazy. The event included post-film Q&A with Gene Wilder moderated by Karen Wilder.

October 10
Detropia

Detropia

Special Event
The Documentary Night series presented Detropia. The event included post-film Q&A with Academy Award nominated filmmaker Rachel Grady, director of JESUS CAMP and THE BOYS OF BARAKA.

October 4
The Bee Gees:
A Tribute to Robin Gibb

The Bee Gees

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live The Bee Gees: A Tribute to Robin Gibb - Rare Performances 1964-1980. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

October 3
Manhattan Short Film Festival

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Manhattan Short Film Festival: One World One Week One Festival (an extraordinary global event when over 100,000 people in over 250 cities across six continents gather in cinemas, galleries, universities, museums and cafes for one purpose...to view and vote on the finalists’ films in the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival).


September 27
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Raiders of the Lost Ark.



September 21
The Master

The Master

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Kick-off event for the City Lights and Arts & Crafts Festival on Bedford Street, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Rizzuto’s Restaurant hosted pre-film reception.



September 20
Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Grand Illusion (75th Anniversary Restoration Print) . The event included post-film discussion with Professor Anne Kern (SUNY Purchase).


September 12
An Evening with Zamir Gotta

Zamir Gotta

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night series presented An Evening with Zamir Gotta featuring two documentary short films produced and written by Zamir Gotta TOUCH-LINE (2009) &
THE STAGE AWAITS (2011).


September 5
Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Creedence Clearwater Revival. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.


August 30
Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Donnie Darko.


August 29
White Of The Eye

White Of The Eye

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented Donald Cammell’s White Of The Eye. Film critic Maitland McDonagh hosted the event.


August 21
Paul Williams Still Alive

Paul Williams Still Alive

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night series presented Paul Williams Still Alive.


August 16
Polisse

Polisse

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Polisse.


August 8
Lost Bohemia

Lost Bohemia

Special Event
The Documentary Night series presented Lost Bohemia. The event included post-film Q&A with Director/Cinematographer Josef Astor. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.


August 1
Bob Dylan and the Band

Bob Dylan and the Band

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Bob Dylan and the Band. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.


July 26
The Goonies

The Goonies

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented The Goonies.


July 24
Monterey Pop

Monterey Pop

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Monterey Pop.
The event included pre-film reception with food tastings from EOS Greek Restaurant.


July 19
Children Of Paradise

Children Of Paradise

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Children Of Paradise.


July 14
Anastasia

Anastasia

Special Event
The Avon Theatre, Network of Asian Moms, & The Stamford Cricket Club presented Anastasia. The event included:
1) Best Dressed Awards
2) Door Prizes & Cupcakes
3) Caricature Artist
4) Princess Meet and Greet


July 11
Cape Spin!
An American Power Struggle

Cape Spin

Special Event
Documentary Night presented Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle. The event included post-film Q&A with directors John Kirby and Robbie Gemmel, producers Libby Handros, Daniel Coffin and Josh Levin.


July 5
The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live The Allman Brothers Band. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.


June 28
The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented The Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski.


June 27
Herman & Shelly

Herman & Shelly

Special Event
Special event sponsored by the Loft Artists' Association and Reckson presented Herman & Shelly. The event included
pre-film cocktail reception at Franklin Street Works (Signature cocktail by Rodizio Grill and beer by Thomas Hooker Brewery) and post-film Q&A with filmmaker Bridget Stokes.


June 21
A Trip to the Moon
& The Extraordinary Voyage

A Trip to the Moon

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented the restored 1902 George Melies classic film A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage Dans La Lune)
preceded by The Extraordinary Voyage.

 


June 13
Made in L.A.

Made in L. A.

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night series co-presented by Neighbors Link Stamford presented Made in L.A..
The event included Post-film Q&A with Alcira Mendez and Neighbors LinkExecutive Director, Catalina Horak.


June 11
The Invisible War

The Invisible War

Special Event
Special Event co-promoted by The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education presented The Invisible War.


June 7
The Grateful Dead 2

The Grateful Dead

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live The Grateful Dead 2. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.


June 5
An Evening With
Steve Guttenberg

An Evening With Steve Guttenberg

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & Lucky's Classic Burger & Malt Shop presented An Evening With Steve Guttenberg:
30th Anniversary Screening of DINER followed by a Q&A, discussion and book signing of his new book The Guttenberg Bible, moderated by film critic Joe Meyers, CT Post.
To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.


May 31
Labyrinth

Do Your Thing

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Jim Henson’s
Labyrinth
.

May 30
Do Your Thing

Do Your Thing

Special Event
The Avon Theatre co-promoted by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin presented Do Your Thing (DIL CHAHTA HAI). The event also included a reception sponsored by the sponsors: Red Grape Wine & Spirits, 90+ Cellars and
Tawa Restaurant.

May 22
Born To Kill

The Wages Of Fear

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented A Night Of Noir Born To Kill.
The event included post-film Q&A with film noir maven
Michael Kovner
.

May 17
The Wages Of Fear

The Wages Of Fear

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages Of Fear.

May 14
An Evening with
Frank Langella

An Evening with Frank Langella

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented An Evening with
Frank Langella,
Connecticut Premiere & Special Sneak Preview of ROBOT AND FRANK (official selection for Sundance Film Festival 2012). The event included Q&A, discussion and book signing of his new work Dropped Names. Film critic Joe Meyers, CT Post moderated the discussion. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

May 10
The Mission

The Mission

Special Event
The Avon Theatre and the Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut presented The Mission at the Opening Night of the Interfaith Film Festival in Stamford. The event included a short post-film discussion featuring diverse religious leaders led by filmmaker Jules Naudet, director of 9/11 and In God’s Name.

May 3
Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Frank Sinatra . Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

May 2
The Intouchables

The Intouchables

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Members-only Sneak Preview of The Intouchables, France's runaway smash hit.

April 26
Scarface

Scarface

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Brian De Palma’s
Scarface
.

April 24
The African Queen (1951)

The African Queen

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented The African Queen. Film critic John Anderson hosted the event.

April 19
Tomboy

Tomboy

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Tomboy.

April 11
Carol Channing:
Larger Than Life

Carol Channing:

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night series presented Carol Channing: Larger Than Life. The event included Post-film Q&A with Director/Writer/Producer Dori Berinstein.
The event also included a presentation of vintage costumes worn by Carol Channing, courtesy of AntiqueDress.com.

April 5
Queen In Concert
(1970s-1990s)

Queen in Concert

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Queen in Concert (1970-1990s) . Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

March 29
The French Connection

The French Connection

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented William Friedkin’s The French Connection.

March 28
Tomorrow Never Knows:
Deconstructing
The Beatles' Revolver

Tomorrow Never Knows

Special Event
Special Presentation of a multimedia journey through the recording studio with The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows:
Deconstructing The Beatles' Revolver
. The event was hosted by Beatles expert and music composer/producer
Scott Freiman
.

March 22
Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon Wedding

Special Event
Special Event co-promoted by Network of Asian Moms,
Stamford Cricket Club & Tawa Restaurant
.
The event included pre-film food tasting from Tawa Restaurant and Fashion contest with prizes. The contest was judged by Network of Asian Moms co-founders Janill Sharma and Reshma Jain.
Christina Chiarelli from itsrelevant.com was hosting her Fashion on the Streets segment on location to catch all the best dressed.

March 15
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented The First Day of the Rest of Your Life, a kick-off screening for Focus on French Cinema.

March 13
Broadcast News

Broadcast News

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented Broadcast News.
Nick Schager
(Slant, Time Out New York) hosted the event.

March 11
A St. Patrick's Day Celebration with
Colman Andrews

A St. Patrick's Day Celebration with Colman Andrews

Special Event
Special Event co-promoted by Barrett Bookstore & Tigin Irish Pub presented A St. Patrick's Day Celebration with Colman Andrews. Acclaimed, award winning food writer and critic
Colman Andrews presented his cookbook,
The Country Cooking of Ireland. The event was followed by a Q&A, book signing and food tasting from Tigin Irish Pub.

March 8
A Selection of Award Winning
French Language Short Films
from Around the Globe

A Selection of Award  Winning French Language Short Films

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented A Selection of Award Winning
French Language Short Films from Around the Globe
in celebration of the International Day of La Francophonie (Always celebrated during the month of March, French language and cultural festivities are held annually worldwide to commemorate the founding of La Francophonie (the French-­speaking world) and to coincide with the International Day of La Francophonie on March 20). To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.


March 6
All In: The Poker Movie

All In: The Poker Movie

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented a sneak preview of All In: The Poker Movie. The event includedQ&A with local filmmakers,
Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Danielle Rosen and
poker legend Johnny Marinacci.


March 2
A Separation

A Separation

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Academy Award® Winner for Best Foreign Language Film A Separation. The event included a special post-film Q&A with Dr. Sheyda Ardalan, Professor of Art and Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University and Teacher of Art, Greenwich High School.


March 1
Neil Young
Rare Clips (1967-1985)

Neil Young

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Neil Young
Rare Clips (1967-1985).
Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.


February 26
Oscar®-Night Live

My Oscar®-Night Live

Special Event
The Avon Theatre celebrated the 84th annual Academy Awards with a live Oscar® telecast on The Avon’s big screen direct from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The evening included feature photographs on the red carpet, sumptuous food and drinks, a live Oscar® telecast, Oscar® ballots and prizes and festive Hollywood attire. The Avon Award was presented to Terry & Diana Betteridge.

February 26
My Week With Marilyn

My Week With Marilyn

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented My Week With Marilyn nominated for: Best Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Supporting Actor (Kenneth Branagh).


February 25
Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy

Dr. No

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy nominated for: Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Adapted Screenplay, & Best Music (Original Score).


February 23
Dr. No

Dr. No

Special Event

The Avon's Cult Classics presented James Bond in his big screen debut Dr. No.


February 19 & 21
Oscar®-Nominated
Documentary Shorts

Documentary Shorts

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Documentary Shorts.
This year’s selections included The Barber of Birmingham of the Civil Rights Movement, Incident in New Baghdad, Saving Face, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.


February 18
A Separation

A Separation

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & The Unitarian Universalist Society in Stamford presented A Separation.
The event included special post-film Q&A/panel discussion with Ardeshir & Eleanor Ommani, co-founders of the American Iranian Friendship Committee. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.


February 18
Rango

Rango

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Rango nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film.


February 16
The Conquest

The Conquest

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented The Conquest.


February 12 & 14
Oscar®-Nominated
Film Festival
Live Action Shorts
Animated Shorts

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Live Action Shorts.
This year’s selections included Pentecost, Raju, The Shore,
Time Freak, Tuba Atlantic.


February 11 & 14
Oscar®-Nominated
Film Festival
Animated Shorts
Animated Shorts

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Animated Shorts.
This year’s selections included Dimanche/Sunday, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, La Luna,
A Morning Stroll and Wild Life
.

February 8
Get Real!
Wise Women Speak

Get Real! Wise Women Speak

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night series presented Get Real! Wise Women Speak. The event included Q&A with the filmmaker Joni Steele Kimberlin.


February 5
A Better Life
A Better Life

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented A Better Life nominated for: Best Actor
(Demián Bichir).

February 4
Red Carpet Gala
Red Carpet Gala

Special Event
The Avon Theatre hosted an inaugural gala at at L'Escale at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor.
The event included:
-Glamorous Hollywood Attire
- Photos on the Red Carpet
- Coctails and Lavish Hors d'oeuvres
- Gourmet seated dinner
- Music and Dancing to the Bob Hardwick Sound
- Silent Auction / Live Auction with auctioneer Gideon Fountain
- Photos by Stephane Kossmann from Samuel Owen Gallery
- Avon Award Presented to: Susie Baker

February 4
Beginners
Beginners

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Beginners nominated for: Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer).

February 2
Billy Joel
Rare Clips (1960s-1990s)

Billy Joel

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Billy Joel
Rare Clips (1960s-1990s).
Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

January 26
The Room
The Room

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented The Room.

January 24
Possesion
Possession

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented 30th Anniversary Screening of Possession starring Isabelle Adjani & Sam Neill. Film critic Maitland McDonagh hosted the event.



January 19
The Bride Wore Black
The Bride Wore Black

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Francois Truffaut's The Bride Wore Black.



January 12
Janis Joplin and
The Women of Rock

Janis Joplin and The Women of Rock

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Janis Joplin and
The Women of Rock.
Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.



January 4
Charlotte Rampling:
The Look

Charlotte Rampling: The Look

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night series presented Charlotte Rampling: The Look. Film Critic Joe Meyers (CT Post) hosted
the event.



- 2011 -

December 14
The Man Nobody Knew:
In Search of My Father,
CIA Spymaster William Colby

The Man Nobody Knew

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night series presented The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby. The event included Q&A with author Ian Morgan Cron.



December 8
THE DOORS:
Rare Clips (1967-1972)

The Doors: Rare Clips (1967-1972)

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented The Doors: Rare Clips (1967s-1972). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.



December 3
The Polar Express
The Polar Express

Special Event
Holiday Family Programming presented The Polar Express.Free to the public!!



December 1
Psycho
Psycho

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Alfred Hitchcock’s
Psycho.



November 30
An Evening with
Colman Andrews
Colman Andrews

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & Barrett Bookstore presented An Evening with Colman Andrews. The event included a book discussion of The Country Cooking of Italy followed by by a screening of Big Night (starring Minnie Driver, Isabella Rossellini and Allison Janney). Quattro Pazzi Restaurant provided complimentary Italian food tasting.



November 25, 26 & 27
Being Elmo
Being Elmo

Special Event
Muppet November at The Avon presented a heart-warming documentary Being Elmo.
Visit The official site

November 21
Love Crime
Love Crime

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Love Crime.

November 19 & 20
The Muppet Movie
The Muppet Movie

Special Event
Muppet November at The Avon presented The Muppet Movie, the first of a series of live-action musical feature films starring the Muppets.

November 17
The Muppet Movie
The Muppet Movie

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented The Muppet Movie.

November 15
The Misfits
The Misfits

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented The Misfits. Film critic Nick Schager hosted the event.

November 10
David Bowie
Rare Clips (1970s-90s)
David Bowie

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented David Bowie: Rare Clips (1970s-90s). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

November 8
A Discussion & Book Signing with Susan Orlean
Discussion & Book Signing With Susan Orlean

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & Barrett Bookstore present A Discussion & Book Signing with Susan Orlean, author of “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend” followed by a screening of Noel Smith’s Clash of the Wolves
The event included pecial appearances by some canine friends courtesy of The Wolf Conservation Center and Adopt-a-Dog!
PAWS of Norwalk was also on hand.
To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

November 3
Brazil
Brazil

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Brazil.

October 27
Rapt
Rapt

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Rapt.

October 25
Silver Streak
Silver Streak

Special Event
Wilder's Picks presented 35th Anniversary Screening of Silver Streak. The event included post-film Q&A with Gene Wilder moderated by Karen Wilder.
To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

October 20
Craven Double Feature
 Craven Double Feature

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented A Surprise Wes Craven Double Feature; introduction and prize giveaways hosted by Captain Cruella and Brian Solomon (Vault Of Horror).

October 18
The Man Who Fell to Earth
The Man Who Fell To Earth

Special Event
Programmer’s Pick presented Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie. Adam Birnbaum, the Avon Theatre’s Director of Film Programming hosted the event.

October 13
James Brown
Rare Clips (1960s)

James Brown

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live JAMES BROWN: Rare Clips (1960s). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

October 6
A Surprise Werewolf Double Feature
A Surprise Werewolf Double Feature

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented A Surprise Werewolf Double Feature; introduction and prize giveaways hosted by Captain Cruella and Brian Solomon (Vault Of Horror).

October 5
A Great Day In Harlem
A Great Day In Harlem

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night series presented A Great Day in Harlem followed by the special short feature
The Spitball Story. The event included post-film panel discussion with Bennie Wallace and Jerry Dodgion.
To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

October 2
Sholem Aleichem:
Laughing in the Darkness

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented a special screening of
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness. The event included post-film Q&A with director Joseph Dorman.
To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

September 27
On The Bowery
On The Bowery

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented On The Bowery followed by The Perfect Team (About the making of On the Bowery). Ann Lewinson (Fairfield Weekly) hosted the event.

September 22
They Live
They Live

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented They Live; introduction and prize giveaways hosted by Captain Cruella and Brian Solomon (Vault Of Horror).


September 22
Summer (Le Rayon Vert)
Summer

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Summer (Le Rayon Vert), the third part of the Tribute to Eric Rohmer featuring three of his mid-career masterpieces from July- September. The event included post-film discussion with Professor Anne Kern of Cinema Studies program at Purchase College.


September 15
West Is West
West Is West

Special Event
The Global Organization for People of Indian Origin, Connecticut Chapter 2011 Film Festival presented West Is West. The event included post-film Q&A with
producer Leslee Udwin.



September 13
Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives

Special Event
The Avon Theatre, Melinda DeChiazza Cloobeck & Farm Sanctuary presented Forks Over Knives. The event included post-film Q&A with Gene Baur, co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary.



September 8
Repo Man
Repo Man

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Repo Man.


September 8
The Eagles
Rare Clips: 1971-90s

The Eagles

Special Event
Shelley Archives presentedTHE EAGLES Rare Clips: 1971-90s. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.


September 1
A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented A Clockwork Orange.


August 25
Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Heavy Metal.


August 25
Four Adventures of
Reinette & Mirabelle

Four Adventures of

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Four Adventures of
Reinette & Mirabelle,
the second part of the Tribute to Eric Rohmer featuring three of his mid-career masterpieces from July- September.



August 22
Lagaan
Lagaan

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & Stamford Cricket Club presented AAMIR KHAN PRODUCTIONS' Lagaan: Once upon a time in India celebrating the 65th Indian Independence Day Chale Chalo. Professor Richard Allen, Chair of NYU Film Studies hosted the event. Food & snacks were provided by Tava Indian Restaurant with all proceeds net of cost donated to the nonprofit Avon Theatre Film Center.


August 18
Chained Heat
Chained Heat

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Chained Heatstarring Linda Blair and Sybil Danning.


August 17
Phil Ochs:
There But For Fortune

Phil Ochs

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night series presented Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune. The event included post-film Q&A with Sonny Ochs.


August 11
Troll 2
Troll 2

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Troll 2.

August 11
Eric Clapton: Rare Clips
Eric Clapton: Rare Clips

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Eric Clapton: Rare Clips. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

August 4
Rabid
Rabid

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Rabid.

July 28
South Park: Bigger,
Longer & Uncut

South Park

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

July 26
Local Hero
Local Hero

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented Local Hero.Film critic John Anderson (Variety, Newsday, Washington Post) hosted the event.

July 25
The Big Uneasy
The Big Uneasy

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented a film by Harry Shearer The Big Uneasy. The event included a post-film Q&A with director Harry Shearer. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

July 21
It Came From Outer Space
It Came From Outer Space

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented It Came From Outer Space.

July 21
Pauline At The Beach
Pauline At The Beach

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Pauline At The Beach, the first part of the Tribute to Eric Rohmer featuring three of his mid-career masterpieces from July- September.


July 14
The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented The Big Lebowski.

July 13
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night series presented a special sneak preview of El Bulli: Cooking in Progress. The event was co-promoted by Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar. Post-film Q&A included Adam Halberg, Culinary Director of the Barcelona Restaurant Group. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

July 7
Alligator
Alligator

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Alligator.

July 7
The Beach Boys
Rare clips (1962-70)

The Beach Boys

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented The Beach Boys Rare clips (1962-70). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

June 30
The Running Man
The Running Man

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented The Running Man.

June 30
Beginners
Beginners

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented A special sneak preview of Beginners, the acclaimed new film starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer & Mélanie Laurent.

June 23
Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Boulevard

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Hollywood Boulevard.

June 22
The King Of Comedy
The King Of Comedy

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented The King Of Comedy.Connecticut Post film critic Joe Meyers hosted the event.

June 16
Halloween
Halloween

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Hallloween; intro & prize giveaways with Captain Cruella and Brian Solomon (Vault of Horror).

June 16
The Princess Of Montpensier
The Princess Of Montpensier

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented The Princess Of Montpensier.

June 9
Office Space
Office Space

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Office Space.



June 8
My Perestroika
My Perestroika

Special Event
Documentary Night presented My Perestroika. The event included post-film Q&A with Yelena Klompus, World Languages and Literacy Librarian at the Ferguson Library.
To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

June 2
Rock 'N' Roll High School
Rock 'N' Roll High School

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Rock 'N' Roll High School.



June 2
'67 Summer of Love: The San Francisco Sound
'67 Summer of Love: The San Francisco Sound

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented '67 Summer of Love: The San Francisco Sound. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.



May 26
The Princess Bride
Two Angry Moms

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented The Princess Bride.



May 23
Two Angry Moms
Two Angry Moms

Special Event
The Stamford School Readiness Council, Stamford Hospital & the United Way of Western Connecticut presented free screening of Two Angry Moms. The event was co-promoted by the Avon Theatre and included a post-film panel Q&A moderated by Dr. Madhu Mathur of the Stamford School Readiness Council. Panelists included: filmmaker Amy Kalafa,
Sharon Akabas, Associate Director for Educational Initiatives of the Institute of Human Nutritious at Columbia University, and Dr. Dale V. Atkins, Licensed Psychologist.

For more details about the movie and its movement, visit www.angrymoms.org. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

May 19
Outside The Law
Outside The Law

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Outside The Law (Hors-la-loi);
2011 Academy Award Nominee: Best Foreign Film.


May 12
Maniac
Maniac

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Maniac; introduction and prize giveaways hosted by Captain Cruella and Brian Solomon (Vault Of Horror). The event included post-film Q&A with director/producer William Lustig.


May 11
The McVeigh Tapes:
Confessions of
an American Terrorist

The McVeigh Tapes

Special Event
Documentary Night presented The McVeigh Tapes:
Confessions of an American Terrorist
. The event included post-film Q&A with producer Timothy Smith.

May 5
British Invasion
Rare Clips: 1962-69

British Invasion Rare Clips: 1962-69

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented British Invasion Rare Clips:
1962-69
. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

April 28
Porky's
Porky"s

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Porky's.


April 27
Looking Through
A Glass Onion:
Deconstructing
The Beatles White Album

Looking Through A Glass Onion

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Looking Through A Glass Onion:
Deconstructing The Beatles White Album
. Scott Freiman hosted the event.

April 21
Heartbeats
Heartbeats

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich presented Heartbeats (Winner – 2010 Cannes Film Festival Youth Prize).



April 16
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Special Event
The AvonTheatre & Whole Food Market presented Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. The event included free food and juice samples along with a juicing demonstration, courtesy of our friends at Whole Foods.

April 14
Dressed To Kill
Dressed To Kill

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Dressed To Kill.
Drew Taylor introduced the film.

April 13
Bill Cunningham New York
Bill Cunningham

Special Event
Documentary Night presented BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK a film by Richard Press.The event included post-film Q&A with director Richard Press & editor Ryan Denmark. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.


April 7
Simon & Garfunkel
Rare Clips (1964-72)

Simon & Garfunkel

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Simon & Garfunkel Rare Clips (1964-72). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.


March 31
Darkman
Darkman

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Darkman.


March 31
Win Win
Win Win

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & Fox Searchlight presented Win Win, the new film by director Tom McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent); Official Selection: 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The event included post-film Q&A with star Alex Shaffer. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.


March 30
Grease
Sing-A-Long

Grease

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & the Strawberry Hill Players of Stamford High School Presented GREASE SING-A-LONG.


March 24
Change Of Address
Change Of Address

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich Courtesy of Cultures France & Cultural Services of the French Embassy presented a film by Emmanuel Mouret (director of Shall We Kiss?) Change Of Address.


March 23
Public Speaking
Public Speaking

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Public Speaking a film by Martin Scorsese. The event included a post-film Q&A with Fran Lebowitz. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

March 17
Night Train To Terror
Night Train To Terror

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Night Train To Terror.

March 16
Making The Boys
Making The Boys

Special Event
Documentary Night presented Making The Boys. The event included Post-film panel Q&A with:
Crayton Robey (Director of Making The Boys)
Doug Tirola (Producer of Making the Boys)
& Susan Bedusa (Producer of Making the Boys).
Film critic Joe Meyers (Connecticut Post) hosted the event.

March 10
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Rare Clips (1969-1975)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rare Clips (1969-1975). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

March 3
Destroy All Monsters
Destroy All Monsters

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Destroy All Monsters.

March 2
Zodiac
Zodiac

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented Zodiac (A film by Director David Fincher The Social Network, Fight Club). Fairfield County Weekly film critic Drew Taylor hosted the event.


February 27
Oscar® Night Party
Oscar® Night Party

 

Special Event
The Avon hosted a 2011 Oscar® Night Gala.
The event included glamorous Hollywood festive attire, photos on the Red Carpet, Oscar® Ballot Voting & Prizes, Gourmet Hors d'oeuvres, Wine & Beer, "Chasen's of Hollywood" Chili & Dessert Treats! (Sponsors: AOC Fine Wines & Marcia Selden Catering & Special Events), LIVE entertainment, master of ceremonies: John & Olivia Farr, and a LIVE telecast of the Oscars on the Avon's Big Screen starring James Franco & Anne Hathaway as Oscar co-hosts .


February 27
Exit Through The Gift Shop
Exit Through The Gift Shop

 

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Exit Through The Gift Shop nominated for Best Documentary.


February 26
Waste Land
Waste Land

 

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Waste Land nominated for Best Documentary.


February 24
French Cinematheque
Every Man For Himself

 

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-promoted by the Alliance Française of Greenwich Courtesy of Cultures France & Cultural Services of the French Embassy presented Every Man For Himself.
Joe Meyers (Connecticut Post film critic) hosted the event.


February 22
Oscar®-Nominated
Animated Shorts
Oscar®-Nominated Shorts

 

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Oscar® Nominated Animated Shorts.
This year's selections included Day & Night, The Gruffalo, Let's Polllute, Madagascar, A Journey Diary.
In addition to the nominees there were two bonus animated shorts: The Cow Who Wanted Be A Hamburger and URS.

February 22
Oscar®-Nominated
Live-Action Shorts
Oscar®-Nominated Live-Action Shorts

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Oscar® Nominated Live-Action Shorts.
This year's selections included The Confession, The Crush, God Of Love, Na Wewe, Wish 143.


February 20, 21
Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Toy Story 3 nominated for Best Picture, Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song, Best Sound Editing.

February 19
Oscar®-Nominated
Documentary Shorts
Oscar®-Nominated Documentary Shorts

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Oscar® Nominated Documentary Shorts..
This year's selections included Killing In The Name, Poster Girl,
Strangers No More
, Sun Come Up, The Warriors Of Qiugang.

February 17
Goldfinger
Goldfinger

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Goldfinger.

February 16
Budrus
Budrus

Special Event
Documentary Night co-presented by the Avon Theatre and the 70 x 7 Project presented Budrus. The event included a post-film Q&A with Nadav Greenberg (Just Vision's Outreach and Media Associate). To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

February 13
Oscar®-Nominated
Animated Shorts
Oscar®-Nominated Live-Action Shorts

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Oscar® Nominated Animated Shorts.
This year's selections included Day & Night, The Gruffalo,
Let's Pollute
, The Lost Thing, Madagascar, AJourney Diary.
In addition to the nominees, there were two bonus animated shorts: The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger
and URS.

February 12
Oscar®-Nominated
Live-Action Shorts
Oscar®-Nominated Live-Action Shorts

Special Event
Avon's Annual Oscar® Film Festival presented Oscar®Nominated Live-Action Shorts.
This year's selections included The Confession, The Crush,
God Of Love
, Na Wewe, Wish 143.


February 10
The Motown Revue:
Rare 1960s Footage
The Motown Revue: Rare 1960s Footage

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live The Motown Revue: Rare 1960s Footage. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.


February 6
Inception
Inception

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Inception nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Art Direction, Best Original Score, Best Visual Effect.


February 5
Avon Red Carpet Gala
Avon Red Carpet Gala

Special Event
The Avon Theatre hosted an inaugural gala at at L'Escale at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor.
The event included:
- Festive Black, White & Red Attire
- Photos on the Red Carpet
- Coctails and Lavish Hors d'oeuvres
- Gourmet seated dinner
- Music and Dancing to the Alex Donner Combo
-LIVE Auction with Terry Betteridge as Auctioneer
- Silent auction
- Valet Parking
- Avon Award Presented to:
Stephen and Harley Osman

February 5
Winter's Bone
Winter's Bone

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Winter's Bone nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay.


February 3
Five Fingers Of Death
Five Fingers Of Death

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Five Fingers Of Death.

February 2
Raging Bull
Raging Bull

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull . Nick Schager (Time Out New York, Slant) hosted the event.

January 27
Inspector Bellamy
Inspector Bellamy

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & the Avon Theatre Courtesy of Cultures France & Cultural Services of the French Embassy presented Inspector Bellamy.

January 20
The Thing (1982)
The Thing

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented The Thing (1982). The event included Introduction with Brian Solomon
(Vault Of Horror).

January 19
The Kids Grow Up
The Kids Grow Up

Special Event
Documentary Night presented The Kids Grow Up. The event included a post-film Q&A with Director/Producer Doug Block
(51 Birch Street). To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

January 13
Jimi Hendrix
Rare Clips (1966-1970)
Jimi Hendrix

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Jimi Hendrix Rare Clips (1966-1970). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

January 6
The Dark Crystal
Dark Crystal

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal. The event included Introduction/Q&A with puppeteer
Bill Diamond.

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December 21
Blue Valentine
Blue Valentine

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented the Connecticut premiere and special sneak preview of Blue Valentine. The event included post-film Q&A with Executive Producer Scott Osman. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

December 16
Twelve Monkeys
Twelve Monkeys

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented 15th Anniversary screening ofTwelve Monkeys.

December 16
Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole

Special Event
The Avon Theatre was proud to present the Connecticut premiere and special sneak preview of 'Rabbit Hole'. The event included post-film Q&A with Director John Cameron Mitchell and was moderated by film critic Joe Meyers. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

December 14
Black Swan
Black Swan

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented the Connecticut premiere and special sneak preview of Black Swan. The event included post-film Q&A with screenwriter Mark Heyman. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

December 9
The Who: Live In Texas 1975
THE WHO: Live In Texas 1975

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live The Who: Live In Texas 1975. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

December 2
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror Picture Show

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented 35th Anniversary screening ofRocky Horror Picture Show.

November 30
Kings Of Pastry
Kings Of Pastry

Special Event
The Avon Theatre, Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & Versailles Bistro/Pâtisserie presented Kings Of Pastry.
The event included a post-film Q&A with co-directors
D A Pennbaker & Chris Hegedus
& chef Jean-Pierre Bagnato (Versailles).

November 23
Army Of Crime
Army Of Crime

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & the Avon Theatre Courtesy of Cultures France & Cultural Services of the French Embassy presented Army Of Crime.

November 18
Poltergeist
Poltergeist

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Poltergeist.
Brian Solomon
(Vault Of Horror) introduced the film.

November 16
Ahead Of Time
Ahead Of Time

Special Event
The Avon Theatre and UJA Federation of Greenwich presented Ahead Of Time, the critically acclaimed documentary about the incredible life and accomplishments of humanitarian Ruth Gruber. The event included a post-film panel Q&A with Ruth Gruber, Producer Zeva Oelbaum, &
Executive Producers Patti Kenner and Doris Schechter.

November 11
The Kinks
Rare Clips (1964 - 1975)
The Kinks

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live THE KINKS
Rare Clips (1964 - 1975)
. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

November 4
Keep Eye On Ball:
The Hashim Khan Story

Keep Eye On Ball: The Hashim Khan Story

Special Event
The Avon Theatre and Vassar Club of Fairfield County presented the Connecticut premiere of Keep Eye On Ball: The Hashim Khan Story. The event included a post-film Q&A with director Josh Easdon and co-producer Beth Rasin.


November 4
Pink Floyd: The Wall
Pink Floyd: The Wall

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Pink Floyd: The Wall in celebration of current tour of The Wall.

 


October 28
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
Inferno

Special Event
French Cinematheque presented Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno. Inferno is the only film of the year to have 100% Fresh Rating from RottenTomatoes.com

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/top/bestofrt_year.php?year=2010


October 24
Millennium: The Story
The Story

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented FREE Members-Only screening of Millennium: The Story, a new documentary film about author Stieg Larrsson.


October 23
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Members-only Sneak Preview of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest , the third and final film adaptation of the best-selling Millennium trilogy written by the late Swedish author, Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire).


October 21
Return Of TheLiving Dead
Return Of The Living Dead

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Return Of The Living Dead and a Secret Surprise 2nd Feature!

October 20
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Special Event
Documentary Night presentedJean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child. The event included post-film panel discussion with Basquiat’s inner circle and former collaborators…
Suzanne Mallouk (artist/psychiatrist/ex-girlfriend of Basquiat), Michael Holman (artist/musician/screenwriter of the movie Basquiat) and Kai Eric (artist/musician/producer). To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

October 12
Start The Revolution Without Me
Start The Revolution Without Me

Special Event
Wilder's Picks presented Start The War Without Me. The event included post-film Q&A with Gene Wilder, moderated by Karen Wilder. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

October 8
It's Kind Of A Funny Story
It's Kind Of A Funny Story

Opening Night Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Opening Night Sreening of It's Kind Of A Funny Story followed by post-film Q&A with co-directors Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden
(Half Nelson, Sugar), moderated by film critic Maitland McDonagh (Time Out NY, Film Comment).

October 7
Evil Dead 2
Evil Dead 2

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Evil Dead 2.

October 6
Breathless
Breathless

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless. Joe Meyers (CT Post film critic) hosted the event.

September 30
Dirty Money (Un Flic)
Dirty Money (Un Flic)

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & the Avon Theatre Courtesy of Cultures France & Cultural Services of the French Embassy presented Dirty Money (Un Flic).

September 23
Let The Right One In
Let The Right One In

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Let The Right One In.

September 22
Countdown To Zero
Countdown To Zero

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & Greenwich Forum on War And Peace presented COUNTDOWN TO ZERO. The event included a Post-film Q&A with Dr. Stephen Myers, President of Greenwich Forum on War and Peace, and Dr. John Burroughs, Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy in New York.

September 16
The Aurora Monsters - The Model Craze That Gripped The World
The Aurora Monsters - The Model Craze That Gripped The World

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented The Aurora Monsters - The Model Craze That Gripped The World with live presentation before the show with director, writer & producer Cortland Hull, and associate producer Bill Diamond, along with appearance by "Gorgo," the co-host of the documentary.

September 14
Deconstructing The Beatles: A Trip Through Strawberry Fields
Deconstructing The Beatles: A Trip Through Strawberry Fields

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Deconstructing The Beatles:
A Trip Through Strawberry Fields, a multimedia lecture hosted by Beatles expert Scott Freiman.

September 9
Cheech And Chong's Nice Dreams
Cheech And Chong's  Nice Dreams

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Cheech And Chong's Nice Dreams.

September 8
Elvis Presley and The Best Of Sun Records
Elvis Presley & The Best Of Sun Records

Special Event
Shelley Archives presented Legends of Rock Live Elvis Presley & The Best Of Sun Records featuring Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins & Jerry Lee Lewis. The event included Elvis look alike contest. Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

September 2
National Lampoon's Animal House
tional Lampoon's Animal House

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented National Lampoon's Animal House.

September 1
Night Tide
Night Tide

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented Night Tide
starring and in memory of Dennis Hopper.
Maitland McDonagh (Time Out New York, Film Comment) hosted the event.

August 26
Clue
Clue

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Clue(1985) featuring all three endings.

August 26
The Role Of Her Life
The Role Of Her Life

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & Courtesy of Cultures France
& Cultural Services of the French Embassy The Role of her Life (Le Rôle DecSa Vie) starring Agnès Jaoui and Karin Viard.

August 19
Shogun Assassin
Shogun Assassin

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Shogun Assassin.

August 18
The Agony and the Ecstasy
of Phil Spector
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector

Special Event
Documentary Night presented The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector.

August 12
Led Zeppelin
(Rare films 1968 - 1980)

Led Zeppelin

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Legends of Rock Live Series Led Zeppelin (Rare films 1968 - 1980). Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event.

August 5
Deep Red
Deep Red

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Deep Red.

August 4
Election
Election

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented Election.
John Anderson (Variety, Newsday, Washington Post) hosted the event.

July 29
Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Starship Troopers.

July 29
Boy Meets Girl
Boy Meets Girl

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & the Avon Theatre Courtesy of Cultures France & Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Boy Meets Girl, the debut feature by acclaimed director Leos Carax.

July 22
Creature From The Black Lagoon
Creature From The Black Lagoon

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Creature From The Black Lagoon.

July 21
9500 Liberty
9500 Liberty

Special Event
The Documentary Night presented 9500 Liberty, the important film about current immigration policies in the U.S., followed by post-film Q&A with producer Chris Rigopulos
& immigration attorney Philip Berns.

July 19
The Kids Are All Right
The Kids Are All Right

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented MEMBERS ONLY Sneak Preview of one of this summer’s most anticipated films THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening & Mark Ruffalo.


July 15
Pink Floyd
(1966 - 1975)

Pink Floyd

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Legends of Rock Live Series PINK FLOYD (1966 - 1975) hosted by guest speaker
Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives).

July 13
Fletch
Fletch

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented An Evening With Chevy Chase
FLETCH 25th Anniversary Screening followed by a post-film Q&A with Chevy Chase, moderated by John Farr (Best Movies By Farr / Avon co-founder). To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

July 8
The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented The Big Lebowski.


July 7
Trapeze
Trapeze


Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Trapeze starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida followed by a Q&A with Big Apple Circus founder Paul Binde & Big Apple Circus star trapeze artist Aleksey Voltenko, moderated by Ann Lewinson, Fairfield Weekly film critic.


July 1
Jaws
Jaws

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented Jaws.


June 29
The Girl Who Played With Fire
The Girl Who Played With Fire

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented MEMBERS ONLY SNEAK PREVIEW of The Girl Who Played With Fire – the second installment in the “Millennium” trilogy following The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.


June 24
John Carpenter's Escape From New York
John Carpenter's Escape From New York

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented John Carpenter's Escape From New York.

June 24
Bluebeard
Bluebeard

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & the Avon Theatre Courtesy of Cultures France & Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Bluebeard, a film by Catherine Breillat (Romance, Fat Girl).


June 17
The Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics presented The Grateful Dead :
Rare Clips and Concerts 1960's - 1980's hosted by guest speaker Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives).

June 10
The Gates of Hell
The Gates of Hell

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented The Gates of Hell.

June 9
Mulholland Drive
Mulholland Drive

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. Nick Schager (Slant, Time Out New York) hosted the event.

June 4
Solitary Man
Solitary Man

Opening Night Sreening
The Avon Theatre presented Opening Night Sreening of Solitary Man followed by Q&A with co-director David Levien & writer/co-director Brian Koppelman, moderated by film critic Matt Zoller Seitz. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

June 3
AInvasion of the Body Snatchers
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

May 27
Airplane!
Airplane!

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Airplane!.

May 27
Two Ladies
Two Ladies

Special Event
French Cinematheque co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & the Avon Theatre Courtesy of Cultures France & Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Two Ladies (Dans La Vie).

May 20
Super Fly
Super Fly

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Super Fly.

May 19
The Beatles (1963 - 1970)
The Beatles

Special Event
The Documentary Night presented the Legends of Rock Live series, hosted by guest speaker Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) and featured the film, The Beatles (1963 - 1970).

May 6
Natural Born Killers
Natural Born Killers

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Natural Born Killers.

May 5
Prime Cut
Prime Cut

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented Prime Cut starring Gene Hackman, Lee Marvin & Sissy Spacek. Maitland McDonagh (missflickchick.com) hosted the event.

May 2
The Found Footage Festival
The Found Footage Festival

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented The Found Footage Festival, hosted by Pickett and Prueher.

April 29
Small Change
Small Change

Special Event
The French Cinematheque co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & Courtesy of Cultures France & Cultural Services of the French Embassy Francois Truffaut’s Small Change (1976).


April 27
Mother and Child
Mother And Child

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented a special sneak preview of Mother and Child followed by a Q&A with writer/director RODRIGO GARCÍA (Nine Lives, Big Love, In Treatment, The Sopranos).
The event was moderated by Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post film critic. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

April 24
Tapped
Tapped


Special Event
The Avon Theatre and Whole Foods presented the award-winning documentary, Tapped, as part of the Let's Retake Our Plates film series. Proceeds from the event benefited Wholesome Wave, a locally based nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage and support increased production, availability and access to fresh, healthy and affordable locally grown food for the benefit of all. Visit www.wholesomewave.org.

April 22
Kid with the Golden Arm
Kid With The Golden Arms


Special Event
The Avon Theatre's Cult Classics series presented, Kid with the Golden Arm, an action packed Shaw Bros kung fu movie!

April 22
1st Annual Pet Tail Awards
1st Annual Tail Awards


Special Event
The Avon Theatre was proud to sponsor the 1st Annual Pet Tail Awards in collaboration with OPIN - Outreach to Pets in Need. The mission of OPIN is to decrease the population of homeless pets through medical, training, education, and placement programs. Presenters of the 5 Pet Tail Awards included Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia.

April 21
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones


Special Event
The Documentary Night presented the Legends of Rock Live series, hosted by guest speaker Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) and featured the film, The Rolling Stones.

April 17
Food, Inc.
Food, Inc.


Special Event
The Avon Theatre and Whole Foods presented the award-winning documentary, Food, Inc, as part of the Let's Retake Our Plates film series. Proceeds from the event benefited Wholesome Wave, a locally based nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage and support increased production, availability and access to fresh, healthy and affordable locally grown food for the benefit of all. Visit www.wholesomewave.org.

April 15
Starstruck
Starstruck


Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Starstruck. The event icluded book signing & discussion with author Ira M. Resnick followed by a special screening of The Awful Truth.
John Farr (Best Movies By Farr/Avon co-founder) hosted the event.

April 10
E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial


Special Event
The Avon Theatre & Stamford Symphony presented
E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
celebrating the music of composer John Williams with a special introduction by Stamford Symphony’s Music Director Eckart Preu.

April 8
Hellraiser
Hellraiser

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Clive Barker's Hellraiser.

April 7
The Third Man
The Third Man

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented The Third Man.
Drew Taylor, Fairfield Weekly columnist/critic hosted the event.

March 25
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

March 25
The Page Turner
The Page Turner

Special Event
French Cinematheque, a Focus on French Cinema films series co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & the Avon Theatre Courtesy of Culturesfrance & the Cultural Services of the French Embassy presented The Page Turner.

March 17
Bob Dylan and Friends
Bob Dylan and Friends

Special Event
Documentary Night presented Bob Dylan and Friends.
Bill Shelley (Shelley Archives) hosted the event. The film included a rare film clips (from 1963 - 2000) and television broadcasts, along with a wide range of performers: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, Eric Burden & The Animals, Joan Baez, The Turtles, Peter Paul & Mary, George Harrison, Neil Young, Manfred Mann, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, The Band and more.

March 11
Fargo
Fargo

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Fargo.

March 10
Winter Kills
Winter Kills

Special Event
This month's Critic's Choice series presented Winter Kills, starring Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Elizabeth Taylor, Toshiro Mifune, and Sterling Hayden. Joe Meyers from CT Post hosted the event.

March 10
Why Us?
Left Behind and Dying

Why us? Left Behind And Dying

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & City Of Stamford’s Department of Health presented Why Us? Left Behind and Dying. The event included a free public screening and a post-film discussion. This program was held in recognition of the National Week Of Prayer For The Healing Of AIDS, and the National Women and Girls AIDS/HIV Awareness Day.

March 7
Oscar Night Live at the Avon
The Avon's 3rd Oscar Night Live at the Avon

Special Event
Avon Theatre Film Center presented Oscar Night Live at the Avon. The event included Coctail Party provided by AOC Fine Wines & Sundance Cafe and Oscar Telecast live from Hollywood with Co-Hosts Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin.

March 7
Nine
Nine

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar Film Festival presented Nine nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Costume
Design, and Best Original Song.

March 6
The Most Dangerous Man In America
The Most Dangerous Man In America

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar Film Festival presented The Most Dangerous Man In America nominated for Best Documentary.

March 4
Live Action Shorts and Animated Shorts
Short Films

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar Film Festival presented OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORTS and OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS

February 28
Invictus
Invictus

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Invictus nominated for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor.

February 27
The Avon’s 3rd Annual
Oscar Gala

The Avon's 3rd Annual Oscar Gala

Special Event
The Avon Theatre hosted an inaugural gala at Marion Castle
Shippan Point, Stamford, CT.
The event included:
*Glamorous Hollywood Black & White
*Valet Parking, Red Carpet Entrances
*Sumptious food by Marcia Selden Catering
*Dancing to the Alex Donner Combo
*Silent & LIVE Auctions
*Avon Award Honoring Nat & Lucy Day

February 27
The Messenger
The Messenger

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented The Messenger nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay.

February 25
The Crazies
The Crazies

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented The Crazies.

February 24
100 Heartbeats
100 Heartbeats

Special Event
Documentary Night, co-presented by The Brown Club of Fairfield County 100 Heartbeats. The event included post-film Q&A with producer Tim Smith.

 

February 21
Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
Live Action Shorts

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar Film Festival presented OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORTS.
This year’s selections included The Door, Instead Of Abracadabra, Kavi, Miracle Fish, The New Tenants .

 

February 20
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
Animated Shorts

Special Event
Avon’s Annual Oscar Film Festival presented OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS.
This year’s selections included French Roast, Granny O’Grimms Sleeping Beauty, The Lady And The Reaper, Logorama, A Matter Of Loaf And Death.

February 18
Could This Be Love
Could This Be Love

Special Event
French Cinematheque, a Focus on French Cinema films series co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & the Avon Theatre Courtesy of Culturesfrance & the Cultural Services of the French Embassy presented Could This Be Love.

 

February 14
Burma VJ
Burma VJ

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented Burma VJ nominated for Best Documentary.

February 13
Fantastic Mr Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Special Event
The Avon’s Annual Oscar® Nominated Film Festival presented FANTASTIC MR. FOX nominated for Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score.

 

February 12
Luscious Lips
Luscious Lips

Special Event
Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Avon Theatre Film Center,
Saks Fifth Avenue & Stamford Downtown - Special Services District presented a Premiere Valentine’s Day Celebration: LUSCIOUS LIPS .
The event included:
♥Light Refreshments, Music & Prizes
♥ Featuring Famous Make-Up Artists doing Lips
♥ Fernando Painting his Iconic Red Lips on Canvas
♥ Surprises from Saks Fifth Avenue
♥ Complimentary Avon Movie Ticket

February 11
The Brood
The Brood

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented The Brood.
Drew Taylor (Fairfield Weekly) introduced the film.

February 9
Le Dîner de Cons
(The Dinner Game)

Girls Guide To Paris

Special Event
Girls' Guide to Paris & Best Movies by Farr presented this special events with complimentary french wine tasting and a film screening of the hilarious French comedy, Le Dîner de Cons (The Dinner Game). John Farr, co-founder of the restored Avon, introduced the show.

February 3
Hate (La Haine)
Hate(La Haine)

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented Haite (LaHaine).
Ann Levinson (Fairfield Weekly and New Haven Advocate) hosted the event.

January 28
Big Trouble In Little China
Big Trouble In Little China

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Big Trouble In Little China pllus a vintage 35mm trailer pre-show!

January 28
Beautiful Memories
Beautiful Memories

Special Event
French Cinematheque, a Focus on French Cinema films series co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & the Avon Theatre Courtesy of Culturesfrance & the Cultural Services of the French Embassy presented Beautiful Memories (Se Suvenir Des BellesChoses).

January 14
The Terminator
The Terminator

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented The Terminator.


January 13
William Kunstler:
Disturbing The Universe

William Kunstler

Special Event
Documentary Night presented William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe. The event included post-film Q&A with producer/director Emily Kunstler.

January 6
Bring Me The Head
Of Alfredo Garcia

Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia. Nick Schager (Slant, Time Out NY) hosted the event.

- 2009 -

November 19
Everybody's Fine
Everybody's Fine

Special Event
The Avon presented a special sneak preview of Everybody's Fine, a remake of Giuseppe Tornatore's Stanno Tutti Bene. The film was shot on location in Stamford including Bedford Street!

November 12
True Romance
True Romance

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented True Romance.
Drew Taylor introduced the film.

November 12
The Frisco Kid
The Frisco Kid

Special Event
70th Anniversary Series: Wilder's Picks presented The Frisco Kid. The event included introduction and post-film Q&A with Gene Wilder, moderated by Karen Wilder.

November 8
Some Like It Hot
Tony Curtis

Special Event
70th Anniversary Series proudly presented a special evenning with one of Hollywood's Living Legends, Tony Curtis. The event included reception, book signing, discussion and a screening of Some Like It Hot..

November 5
Imitation Of Life
Imitation Of Life

Special Event
The Links new series African Americans in Cinema presented Imitation Of Life. The event included post-film discussion with Donald Bogle, historian & professor at New York University.

October 28
Rebuilding Hope
Rebuilding Hope

Special Event
Documentary Night presented The Connecticut Premiere of Rebuilding Hope. The event included post-film Q&A with Gabriel Bol Deng and director Jen Marlowe.
A portion of proceeds from this event will go toward health care and educations projects in South Sudan that the subjects of the
film have initiated.

October 23
A Serious Man
A Serious Man

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented A Serious Man, the critically acclaimed new film by the Coen Brothers. The event included an Opening Night Q&A with co-star Richard Kind.

October 22
Witness For The Prosecution
Witness For The Prosecution

Special Event
The Avon's 70th Anniversary Series presented the return of Wilder's Picks, featuring three nights with special guest Gene Wilder. On the second night Gene Wilder introduced Billy Wilder's 1957 classic Witness For The Prosecution.

October 20
All Is Forgiven
All Is Forgiven

Special Event
A new monthly series: French Cinematheque presented All Is Forgiven (Courtesy of Cultures France & the Cultural Services of the French Embassy).
The event included a Wine & Gougeres(courtesy of Jean Louis Restaurant of Greenwich the courtesy of Le Wine Shop and Jean–Louis) reception.

October 15
Friday The 13th
Friday The 13th

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Friday The 13th, one of the all-time greatest horror films. The event included post-film Q&A with star Betsy Palmer (Mrs. Voorhees).

October 7
CTHULHU
The Call of Cthulhu

Special Event
This month Critic's Choice presented CTHULHU.
Maitland McDonagh hosted the event.

October 6
An Evening with
Wallace Shawn

An Evening with Wa Shawn

 

Special Event
The Avon's 70th Anniversary series & Just Books presented An Evening with Wallace Shawn which included book signing and discussion of his latest work, Essays, followed by a very special screening of his classic film My Dinner with Andre.
The event also included a wine & cheese reception.

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October 1
Near Dark
Near Dark

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented Near Dark.
Drew Taylor introduced the film.

September 30
Rocks with Wings
Rocks with Wings

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night co-presented with the Stamford Museum & Nature Center Rocks with Wings. The event included post-film Q&A with director/producer Rick Derby.

September 24
Spy
Spy

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented Spy, The Connecticut Premiere. The event included post-film Q&A with producer Jim MacPherson & writer/director/producer Alexander Klymko.

September 17
Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge

Special Event
The Avon's 70th Anniversary Series presented the return of Wilder's Picks, featuring three nights with special guest Gene Wilder. On the first night Gene Wilder introduced John Huston's 1952 classic Moulin Rouge.

September 15
La France
La France

Special Event
A new monthly series French Cinematheque featuring acclaimed French movies presented La France, starring Sylvie Testud and Pascal Greggory. The event included free tasting of French Canapés, courtesy of La Panetiere Restaurant of Rye, NY.


September 2
Safe
Safe

Special Event
This month's Critic's Choice series presented Todd Haynes's modern melodrama, Safe, starring Julianne Moore and Peter Friedman. Film critic John Anderson hosted the event.


August 20
Herb And Dorothy
Herb And Dorothy


Special Event
Avon's Documentary Night series presented Herb And Dorothy. The event also included a post-film Q&A with Herb and Dorothy Vogel and, director Megumi Sasaki.


August 13
Woodstock
Woodstock

Special Event
The Avon was proud to present this 40th Anniversary Director's Cut edition of Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music... with music, drinks and munchies.


August 13
The Warriors
The Warriors

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented The Warriors.
Drew Taylor from the Fairfield Weekly introduced the film.


August 12
Z
Z

Special Event
This month's Critic's Choice series presented Z, a newly restored 35mm print and a winner of 2 Academy Awards (for Best Foreign Film and Best Editing). CT Post film critic Joe Meyers hosted the event.

July 15
Under Our Skin
Under Our Skin

Special Event
Avon's Documentary Night series presented Under Our Skin a contemporary investigation of Lyme disease. The event also included a post-film Q&A with Andy Abraham Wilson, director/cinematographer and Dr. Charles Ray Jones, pediatric Lyme disease specialist.

July 8
All That Jazz
All that jazz

Special Event
The Avon Theatre presented this month's Critic's Choice screening of Bob Fosse's film All That Jazz. The event was hosted by Fairfield Weekly film critic Ann Lewinson.

June 20
Away We Go
Away We Go

Special Event
The Avon and Remo's Oven Pizza presented Away We Go , a new film from Sam Mendes, shot on location in Stamford, including Bedford Street and Remo's.

June 20
Il Viaggio A Reims
Il Viaggio A Reims

Special Event
The Opera at the Avon series presented Il Viaggio A Reims by Gioacchino Rossini, performed at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, April 2009, directed by Luca Ronconi. The event included a pre-telecast lecture with Jerome R. Sehulster, opera critic for the Stamford Advocate.

June 18
From Beyond
From Beyond

Special Event
The Avon's Cult Classics series presented From Beyond, a special screening of H.P. Lovecraft's classic film, and a post-film Q&A with screenwriter Dennis Paoli (Re-Animator, Dagon).

June 17
Earth Days
Earth Days

Special Event
The Avon Theatre Film Center and Stamford Land Conservation Trust co-presented Earth Days, a film by Robert Stone. The event included post-film panel discussion about the local environment with Harry Day (VP of Stamford Land Trust, City Representative of Stamford's 13th District), Ginny Gwynn ( Executive Director of Greenwich Land Trust ), and Kevin Case ( Northeast Director of Land Trust Alliance).

June 15
Butterfield 8
Butterfield 8

Special Event
The Avon Theatre Film Center and BUtterfield 8 Restaurant & Lounge cordially invited the Avon audience to the
70th Anniversary Celebration. The event included cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, walk to Avon Theatre, 70th anniversary festivities at Avon and a screening of Butterfield 8.

June 10
eXistenZ
eXistenZ

Special Event
This month's Critic's Choice series presented David's Cronenberg's eXistenZ. Film critic Nathan Lee hosted the event.

June 9
Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford
The Giffords

Special Event
The Avon Theatre and Just Books presented An Evening With Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford. The Giffords interviewed each other & discussed and signed copies of their new books, The Glory Game and Just When I Thought I'd Dropped My Last Egg: Life and Other Calamities.

May 28
One Flew Over
the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Special Event
The Avon's 70th Anniversary Series presented An Evening with Milos Forman, and a special screening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Milos Forman, a two-time Academy Award winning director, introduced the evening and joined the Avon audience for a post-film Q&A.

May 13
An Evening with
Molly Haskell

Molly Haskell

Special Event
The Avon's 70th Anniversary Series & Just Books presented an evening with Molly Haskell renowned author and film critic. An introduction by John Farr (Best Movies By Farr) was followed by a book signing and discussion of Molly Haskell's latest work, Frankly My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited.

May 5
Dance, Girl, Dance
Dance, Girl, Dance

Special Event
This month's Critic's Choice event was hosted by film critic Melissa Anderson and featured a special screening of Dance, Girl, Dance.

April 25 & 26
Das Rheingold
Das Rheingold

Special Event
The Opera at the Avon presented Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner, performed at Palau de les Arts "Reine Sofia", Valencia, Spain, conducted by Zubin Mehta and directed by Carlos Padrissa and La Fura dels Baus.

April 22
La Americana
La Americana

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night co-presented by the Stamford Partnership, the American Connection and CRISOL (Coalicion de Residentes Immigrantes Solidarios) featured a special screening of La Americana and a post-film Q&A with director Nicholas Bruckman.

April 18
Lymelife
Lymelife

Special Event
The Avon's 70th Anniversary Series presented Lymelife. The star Rory Culkin and co-writer/producer/composer Steve Martini joined the Avon audience for a post-film Q&A. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

April 2
Mishima: A Life in
Four Chapters

Mishima

Special Event
The Avon's 70th Anniversary Series presented An Evening with Paul Schrader, legendary screenwriter and director. The event included a special screening of Mishima: A life in Four Chapters. Joe Meyers, CT POST, moderated the post-film Q&A.

March 26
Found Footage Festival
The Found Footage Festival

Special Event
The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher host each screening in-person and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities.

March 25
The Party (La Boum)
The Party

Special Event
The Avon Theatre, Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & Greenwich Arts Council co-presented a kick-off event for FOCUS ON FRENCH CINEMA 2009. The event included a wine & cheese reception courtesy of Le Wine Shop and Jean–Louis, an introduction with French journalist Florence Gatte and a special screening of The Party (La Boum) starring Sophie Marceau in her big screen debut.

March 19
The Cake Eaters
The Cake Eaters

Special Event
The Avon's 70th Anniversary series presented a special sneak preview of The Cake Eaters starring Kristen Stewart, Aaron Stanford, Bruce Dern, Elizabeth Ashley & Melissa Leo. Director Mary Stuart Masterson (Benny & Joon, Fried Green Tomatoes, Some Kind of Wonderful) joined the Avon audience for a post-film Q&A. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

March 11
Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor

Special Event
The Avon's Documentary Night series together with WSHU Public Radio co-presented Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes. John Farr, Best Movies By Farr, moderated the post-film Q&A with producer/director Peter Rosen.

March 4
Bloom
Bloom

Critic's Choice
This month's Critic's Choice event featured a screening of Bloom based on James Joyce's Ulysses and a post-film discussion with Joyce teacher Jesse Meyers.

February 22
Oscar® Night Gala
Oscar Night Gala 2009

Special Event
The Avon hosted a 2009 Oscar® Night Gala. The event included glamorous Hollywood black tie attire, red carpet arrivals, fabulous food by Marcia Selden Catering, LIVE entertainment, master of ceremonies: Gideon Fountain, pianist Randall Atcheson, 1939 Retrospective Film Montage, comedienne Jane Condon, LIVE Auction with Simon Teakle, Avon Award presented to Olivia and John Farr, high kicking, gorgeous Avonette Dancers, and a LIVE telecast of the Oscars on the Avon's Big Screen.

February 14
Rigoletto
Rigoletto

Special Event
Our Opera at the Avon program featured Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, performed at Festival Verde 2008 and conducted by Massimo Zanetti and Stefano Vizioli.

February 11
The Rape of Europa
The Rape of Europa

Special Event
The Avon hosted a Documentary Night event co-presented by Stamford Hadassah. Sharon Chrust, art appraiser and consultant, joined the Avon audience for a post-film Q&A.

February 4
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby

Critic's Choice
The Avon presented a special screening of Rosemary's Baby hosted by Mark Harris, Entertainment Weekly film critic.

January 31
Waltz with Bashir
Waltz with Bashir

Special Event
The Avon presented, Waltz wth Bashir, an Academy Award® Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, winner of the Golden Globes Best Foreign Film, and winner of the National Society of Film Critics Best Movie of the Year. The film was followed by a Q&A with Geoff Porter, political analyst with the Eurasia Group.

January 24
The Tribute to Pavarotti
The Tribute to Pavarotti

Special Event
The Avon presented a screening of a special tribute charity concert, The Tribute to Pavarotti, which was held in Petra, Jordan in 2008, in honor of the late Maestro, Luciano Pavarotti.

January 14
In a Dream
In a Dream

Special Event
Avon's Documentary Night series presented In a Dream, shortlisted as a finalist for the 2008 Oscar Best Documentary Category. The event also included a post film Q&A with producer Jeremy Yaches.

January 7
Lola Montes
Lola Montes

Critic's Choice
This month's Critic's Choice event was hosted by Ann Lewinson, Fairfield Weekly film critic, and featured a brand new, restored 35mm print of the classic Lola Montes.

 

- 2008 -

December 13 & 14
The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker

Special Event
The "Ballet at the Avon" program proudly presented The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, adapted by Mihail Shemiakin and featuring The Mariinsky Ballet.

December 10
The Road Taken...
The Merritt Parkway

The Road Taken... The Merritt Parkway

Special Event
Our Documentary Night series presented a screening of The Road Taken...The Merritt Parkway and a post-film Q&A panel discussion with Lisa Seidenberg (Director of The Road Taken),
Renee Kahn (Director of the Historic Preservation Program)
& Christopher Wigren (Deputy Director of the CT Trust for Historic Preservation, and co-author of the National Register nomination for the Merritt Parkway).

December 6 & 7
Otello
Otello

Opera at the Avon
The Avon was proud to present a screeing of Otello by Giuseppe Verdi, performed at Salzburg Festival 2008 and conducted by Riccardo Muti.

December 3
The Wild Child
The Wild Child

Critic's Choice
The Avon Theatre, Alliance Francaise of Greenwich,
& The Greenwich Arts Council presented Francois Truffaut's The Wild Child (L'Enfant Sauvage) as part of our monthly Critic's Choice series. Joe Meyers, CT Post film critic, hosted the event.

November 18
The Adventure of
Sherlock Holmes'
Smarter Brother

Smarter Brother

Special Event
The Wilder's Picks series featured a screening of The Adventure Of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975) and a post-film Q&A with host Gene Wilder.

November 15 & 16
Romeo et Juliette
Romeo et Juliette

Special Event
Our "Opera at the Avon" program proudly presented Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod, performed at Salzburg Festival, and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

November 14 & 15
Bruce Springsteen:
Live in Barcelona

Bruce Springsteen: Live in Barcelona

Special Event
The Avon hosted special screenings of Bruce Springsteen: Live in Barcelona. All proceeds benefited the Avon Theatre.

November 13
Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire

Special Event
The Avon hosted a free sneak preview of Slumdog Millionaire, a 2008 Audience Award Winner at the Toronto Film Festival. The screening was followed by a post-film Q&A with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Oscar nominated screenwriter for The Full Monty).

November 12
Rivers & Tides: Andy
Goldsworthy Working
with Time

Rivers and Tides

Special Event
The Avon & Stamford Garden Club co-presented this Documentary Night event featuring Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time. The event included a post-film Q&A discussion with Art Historian Dede Young.

November 5
Bad Timing: A Sensual
Obsession

Bad Timing

Critic's Choice
This month's Critic's Choice series presented a film by Nicholas Roeg starring Theresa Russell, Art Garfunkel & Harvey Keitel. Film critic Maitland McDonagh hosted the event.

October 30
Il Postino
Il Postino

Special Event
The Avon and Council for Italian American Organizations proudly presented a very special screening of "Il Postino" and a Q&A with Domenico Delli Carpini and Luigi Solimeo.

October 28
Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Opera at the Avon
Our "Opera at the Avon" program proudly presented Il Barbiere Di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini, performed at Teatro La Fenice, Venice, and conducted by Antononino Fogliani.

October 22
Young American Heroes:
Frederick Douglass'
Pathway to Freedom

Frederick Douglass

Premiere Screening
The Avon, Brown Club of Fairfield County & Connecticut Public Television co-presented a premiere screening of the film and a post-film Q&A with executive producers Chris Campbell and Timothy Smith & production executive Larry Rifkin.

October 14
House of Mirth
Soldier of Orange

Wilder's Picks
Guest host Gene Wilder hosted this special event which included a screening of Soldier of Orange with an introduction by Mr. Wilder.

October 8
House of Mirth
House of Mirth

Critic's Choice
This month's Critic's Choice event presented House of Mirth (based on Edith Wharton's classic novel). The event was hosted by film critic Nathan Lee.

September 25
Shall We Dance?
Shall We Dance?

Special Guest
The Avon proudly presented a special evening with Janet Carlson, Beauty and Health Director at Town & Country Magazine. The evening included a discussion and signing of Ms. Carlson's newest book, Quick Before the Music Stops: How Ballroom Dancing Saved My Life, followed by a screening of Shall We Dance? (1996).

September 23
Short Subject Films
Documentary Night

Special Event
The Avon Theatre and the Vassar Club of Fairfield County co-presented this Documentary Night event featuring an evening of short subject films from Vassar Film students. James Steerman, Professor of Drama & Film, hosted the event.

September 20
La Traviata
La Traviata

Special Event
Our Opera at the Avon series which showcases performances from world-renowned opera companies and festivals presented Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata. The opera was performed at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and was conducted by Lorin Maazel.

September 16
Key Largo
Key Largo

Special Event
Special guest, Gene Wilder, hosted a screening of one of his all-time favorite films, Key Largo.

September 13
The Lucky Ones
The Lucky Ones

Special Event
The Avon presented a special sneak preview of The Lucky Ones starring Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins & Michael Peña. Director/co-writer, Neil Burger, joined the Avon audience for a post-film Q&A.

September 10
Cutter's Way
Cutter's Way

Critic's Choice
This month's Critic's Choice event presented Cutter's Way, a dazzling film noir, starring Jeff Bridges, John Heard and Lisa Eichhorn. The event was hosted by Joe Meyers, CT Post film critic.

August 20
The Little Fugitive
The Little Fugitive

Critic's Choice
This month's Critic's Choice event presented The Little Fugitive with special co-feature Morris Engel: The Independent. Mary Engel, daughter of director Morris Engel, joined the Avon audience for a post-film Q&A. Ann Lewinson, film critic for Fairfield Weekly, hosted the event.

August 14
Vigilante
Vigilante

Special Event
Our Cult Classics series presented Vigilante with Robert Forster and Fred Williamson. Director William Lustig stopped by for a post-film Q&A with the Avon audience. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

August 6
Olympia
Olympia

Special Event
Our Documentary Night series presented chapters from Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia, a film widely considered by film critics to be the greatest sports documentary ever made. The event was hosted by John Farr, Best Movies By Farr.

July 16
Blindsight
Blindsight

Special Event
Our Documentary Night series presented a special screening of Blindsight, a gripping adventure set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas.

July 2
Suspiria
Suspiria

Critic's Choice
This month's Critic's Choice event presented director Dario Argento's Suspiria. The event was hosted by Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide.

June 18
Up the Yangtze
Up the Yangtze

Special Event
Documentary Night and the Stamford Land Conservation Trust co-presented a special screening of Up the Yangtze, an official selection at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and a post-film Q&A with author/journalist James Lomuscio.

June 10
Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot

Special Event
The Avon and Stamford Downtown Special Services District joined the Avon audience in celebration of Stamford Downtown's Art in Public Places Opening. This special event featured a screening of Some Like It Hot and a Marilyn Monroe look-alike contest with prizes.

June 4
Head-On
Head-On

Critic's Choice
This month's Critic's Choice event presented director Fatih Akin's passionate and erotic love story, Head-On (Gegen Die Wand). Nathan Lee, a film critic for the Village Voice, hosted the post-film Q&A.

May 21
Let's Get Lost
Let's Get Lost

Special Event
Our Documentary Night series presented the new 35mm print of Let's Get Lost. Gene Seymour, a film/music critic, hosted the event.

May 7
Last Tango in Paris
Last Tango in Paris

Critic's Choice
This month's Critic's Choice event included a screening of Last Tango in Paris with a special co-feature Leave You in Me. Joe Meyers, a CT Post film critic, hosted the post-film Q&A with director Dutch Doscher.

May 6
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

Special Event
The Avon proudly presented a special event, An Evening With James Ivory. The event included a special screening of Mr. & Mrs. Bridge followed by a Q&A with Mr. Ivory. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

April 23
Taxi to the Dark Side
Taxi to the Dark Side

Special Event
Our Documentary Night program presented Taxi to the Dark
Side
, an Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature. The screening was followed by a post-film Q&A with director Alex Gibney. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

April 11
My Brother is an Only Child
My Brother is an Only Child

Special Event
The Avon Theatre and C.I.A.O. (Council for Italian American Organizations) proudly presented the exclusive area engagement of My Brother is an Only Child ( Mio Fratello é Figlio Unico), winner of 4 David di Donatello Awards. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Domenico Delli Carpini, publisher and executive director of circulation for America Oggi, the Italian daily language newspaper in the United States.

April 8
Young@Heart
Young@Heart

Special Event
The Avon audience joined us for a members-only sneak preview of the smash hit Young@Heart and a post-film Q&A with director Stephen Walker.

April 2
J'Entends Plus La Guitare
J'Entends Plus La Guitare

Critic's Choice
The Avon Theatre presented this month's Critic's Choice screening of Philippe Garrel's masterpiece, J'Entends Plus La Guitare. The event was hosted by Kent Jones (Film Comment/Film Society of Lincoln Center).

March 26
For the Bible Tells Me So
For the Bible Tells Me So

Special Event
The Avon Theatre hosted a special screening of For the Bible Tells Me So and a post-film Q&A with writer/director/producer Daniel Karslake.

March 13
The Graduate
The Graduate

Special Event
The Avon Theatre hosted a discussion with author Mark Harris and a book signing of his latest work, Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of a New Hollywood. This special event was followed by a screening of The Graduate.

March 5
The River
The River

Critic's Choice
The Avon Theatre presented this month's Critic's Choice screening of Jean Renoir's The River. The event was hosted by Ann Lewinson, a film critic for Fairfield Weekly.

February 27
Alice Neel
Alice Neel

Special Event
The Avon hosted a Documentary Night event featuring a special screening of Alice Neel with a post-film Q&A with producer/cinematographer Ethan Palmer, moderated by John Farr, Farr On Film / Avon co-founder.

February 24
Red Carpet Gala &
Oscars® Telecast
Red Carpet Gala at the Avon

Special Event
The Avon Theatre hosted an inaugural gala with red carpet entry, celebrity entertainment and live Oscars telecast. Tom Bergeron, host of "Dancing With the Stars," served as the master of ceremonies. Guest artists included Randall Atcheson (pianist), Jane Condon (comedienne), and Quinn Lemley (actress/singer). The Avon Theatre was proud to present the Avon Award to Sandy Goldstein and Stamford Downtown Special Services District. To watch a documentary about this event, please click here.

February 6
The Duchess of Langeais
The Duchess of Langeais

Critic's Choice
The Avon Theatre and the Focus on French Cinema Festival/Alliance Francaise Greenwich co-presented this month's Critic's Choice screening of The Duchess of Langeais. The event was hosted by Anne Kern who is a film professor at SUNY Purchase.

February 5
Canvas
Canvas

Special Event
The Avon Theatre, Laurel House and No Kidding, Me Too co-presented a very special screening of Canvas and a post-film Q&A with co-stars Joe Pantoliano and Marcia Gay Harden, and with director Joseph Greco. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

January 29
Pete Seeger: Power of Song
Pete Seeger: Power of Song

Special Event
The Avon hosted a special screening of the film and a Q&A session with associate producer Kitama Seeger Jackson, grandson of Pete Seeger, and director Jim Brown. The event was moderated by John Farr (Farr on Film / Avon co-founder).

January 23
Imaginary Witness
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust

Special Event
The Avon hosted a Documentary Night event featuring a special screening of Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust. The event also included a post-film Q&A with director/producer Daniel Anker and complimentary coffee & cookies from Margot Café & Wine Bar!

January 9
The Haunting
The Haunting

Critic's Choice
The Avon presented one of the greatest haunted-house movies ever made, Robert Wise's The Haunting. This monthly event was hosted by Maitland McDonagh (TV Guide).

 

- 2007 -

December 19
Terror's Advocate
Terror's Advocate

Documentary NIght
The Avon presented Barbet Schroeder's La A'vocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate) with a post-film Q&A with Richard Suchenski, Yale University.

December 12
Pierrot Le Fou
Pierrot Le Fou

Critic's Choice
Joe Meyers
(CT Post film critic) hosted this month's Critic's Choice series featuring a new 35mm print of Jean-Luc Godard's classic, Pierrot Le Fou.

December 7
Starting Out in the Evening
Frank Langella

Special Event
The Avon hosted an opening night for Starting Out in the Evening with a special guest and the star of the film, Frank Langella. Joe Meyers (CT Post) moderated the post-film Q&A. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

November 28
On Any Sunday
On Any Sunday

Special Event
The Avon and Stamford Museum & Nature Center co-presented this Academy Award nominated film from director Bruce Brown (The Endless Summer). The film was followed by a very special panel Q&A/discussion moderated by Rosa Portell (Stamford Museum's Curator of Collections), & featuring Buzz Kanter(American Iron Magazine and RoadBike publisher), Mike Baldwin (Formula One National Champion), & Mark Zimmerman (expert dirt track racer).

November 12
The Woman In Red
Woman In Red

Wilder's Picks
The Avon hosted a special screening of The Woman In Red and a post-film Q&A with writer/director/star Gene Wilder, and co-star Charles Grodin. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

November 7
Goodbye, Dragon Inn
Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Critic's Choice
Nathan Lee
(Village Voice film critic) hosted this month's Critic's Choice series featuring Goodbye, Dragon Inn.

November 1
Frank Sinatra:
The Family Album
Frank Sinatra: The Family Album

Special Event
The Avon hosted a special book signing/discussion with author Charles Pignone and Frank Sinatra's granddaughter, A.J. Lambert and a presentation of rare film footage from the Sinatra family archive.

October 29
City For Conquest
City for Conquest

Special Event
Wilder's Picks presented City For Conquest with an introduction by guest host Gene Wilder. This heart-tugging melodrama stars James Cagney, Ann Sherian, Anthony Quinn, film-debuting Arthur Kennedy and in a rare acting turn before becoming a director, Elia Kazan.

October 24
Abduction
Abduction

Special Event
The Avon hosted a Documentary Night co-presented by Creative Visions Foundations. The event featured the film Abduction, a moving and emotional testement to the unbreakable bonds of love, and a post-film Q&A with co-directors Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim & Creative Visions CEO/founder Kathy Eldon.

October 22
Reservation Road
Reservation Road

Special Event
The Avon hosted a members-only sneak preview of this new film shot locally around Stamford & Fairfield county and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly & Mira Sorvino. Joe Meyers from CT Post moderated a post-film Q&A with author/co-screenwriter John Burnham Schwartz. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

October 15
Random Harvest
Random Harvest

Special Event
Wilder's Picks presented Mervin Leroy's classic film Random Harvest with an introduction by guest host Gene Wilder.

October 10
Sex and the City
paint the town pink

Special Event
As part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month celebration, the Avon hosted a special Girl's Night Out event celebrating the spirit of women with cosmopolitans, delicious treats and a free screening of classic "Sex and the City" episodes.

August 30
The Crystal Ballroom The Crystal Ballroom

Special Guests
The Avon hosted a special free screening and movie premiere of The Crystal Ballroom. The screening was followed by a post-film Q&A with director Cheryl Cambras.

August 22
A Sidewalk Astronomer A Sidewalk Astronomer

Special Guests
Documentary Night at the Avon presented a special screening of A Sidewalk Astronomer: A Film About Astronomy, Cosmology & John Dobson, followed by a Q&A with director Jeffrey Jacobs and astronomer John Dobson.To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

August 8
Expresso Bongo Expresso Bongo

Critic's Choice
Maitland McDonagh
(TV Guide Film Critic) hosted this month's Critic's Choice series featuring Val Guest's 1959 Brit Beat Classic, Expresso Bongo. With a screenplay by Wolf Mankowitz and syncopated style to burn, director Val Guest's Expresso Bongo sizzles with authenticity, and is a witty, smart, entertaining exploration of one facet of the "Brit Beat" phenomenon.

July 18
Plagues and Pleasures
on the Salton Sea
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea

Special Event
The Avon hosted a special Documentary Night at the Avon event with a screening of Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea followed by a Q&A with producer/director Chris Metzler.

July 12
The Discreet Charm of
the Bourgeoisie
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Critic's Choice
Joe Meyers
(Connecticut Post Film Critic) hosted this month's Critic's Choice series featuring Luis Buñuel's deliciously satiric masterpiece in which Fernando Rey, Stéphane Audran, Delphine Seyring, and Jean-Pierre Cassel head the extraordinary cast of this 1972 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film.

June 25
The Unforeseen The Unforeseen

Special Event
The Avon and Stamford Land Conservation Trust were proud to present a special screening of The Unforeseen and a post-film Q&A with director Laura Dunn.

June 19
A Mighty Heart A Mighty Heart

Special Event
The Avon hosted a Members Appreciation Night featuring a free members-only sneak preview of A Mighty Heart starring Angelina Jolie.

June 14
La Vie En Rose
La Vie En Rose

Special Event
The Avon hosted a special advance screening of La Vie En Rose with complimentary French wine and cheese. This event was limited only to members of the Avon & Alliance Francaise.

June 13
Nancy Drew
Emma Roberts

Special Event
This sold out event featured a special sneak preview of Nancy Drew, a post-film Q&A with the star of the film, Emma Roberts, and an introduction by Alexandra Porter. The Q&A was hosted by Tess Porter (Greenwich Academy student). To view photos of Emma Roberts please visit our Avon Gallery page.

June 6
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Critic's Choice
Melissa Anderson
(Time Out New York) hosted this month's Critic's Choice series featuring Howard Hawks' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe.

May 30
Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay

Special Event
The Avon hosted a special screening of Glacier Bay and a post-film discussion/Q&A with James Noble (Producer/Co-Star), Dorothy Bryce (Co-Star) and Colleen Murphy (Co-Star). The film has been chosen as an official selection in over 20 international film festivals!

May 23
Buddy
Buddy: The Rise and Fall of America's  Most Notorious Mayor

Special Event
Documentary Night at the Avon presented a special screening of Buddy: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor and a post-film Q&A with writer/producer/director Cherry Arnold. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

May 17
ShowBusiness: The Road
to Broadway

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway

Special Event
The Avon hosted a special screening of ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway and a post-film discussion/Q&A with director/producer Dori Berinstein, editor Richard Hankin (edited the Oscar-nominated Capturing the Friedmans), and executive producer Mitchell Cannold (executive producer for Dirty Dancing). To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

May 10
The Situation
The Situation

Special Guest: An Evening With Philip Haas
Philip Haas, the director of The Situation, stopped by the Avon for a special screening of the film and a Q&A with the audience after the show. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

May 2
Broadway Danny Rose
Broadway Danny Rose

Critic's Choice
John Shields
(Norwalk Community College) hosted this month's Critic's Choice series featuring Woody Allen's Broadway Danny Rose.

May 1
Beyond the Gates
Beyond the Gates

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & Trinity Church presented a special one-time screening of Beyond the Gates. Based on true events and filmed in Rwanda with genocide survivors as cast and crew, Beyond the Gates tells their shared story of humanity in the most inhumane circumstances.

April 25
Not So Wild a Dream
Eric Sevareid

Special Event
Documentary Night at the Avon presented Not So Wild a Dream (1988) with co-feature Garbo: Master of Deception (1992) and a double bill Q&A with producer/director Anthony Potter.

April 10
Blind Dating
Bllind Dating

Special Guest: An Evening With Jane Seymour
The Avon Theatre & Just Books were proud to present a special evening with Jane Seymour. The evening began with a book discussion and signing copies of Jane Seymour's latest work, "Making Yourself At Home: Finding Your Style and Putting It All Together" followed by a special screening of her newest film, Blind Dating.

April 4
Kiss Me Deadly
Kiss Me Deadly

Critic's Choice
Maitland McDonagh (TV Guide) hosted this month's Critic's Choice series featuring Kiss Me Deadly, an adaptation of the Mickey Spillane novel. Generally considered to be the best of the many films centering on Spillane's classic protagonist and lauded as a primary inspiration and building block for the French Nouvelle Vague, Kiss Me Deadly boasts nightmarish imagery, a careening, sinuous plot, and an unforgettable shock ending.

March 28
51 Birch Street
51 Birch Street

Special Guest
Writer/director/producer Doug Block joined the Avon audience for a special screening of his documentary film, 51 Birch Street, and a post-film Q&A. The film has been named one of the Top 10 Films of 2006 by A.O. Scott, NY Times, and one of the Top 5 Docs of 2006 by the National Board of Review.

March 22
Live Free or Die
Live Free or Die

Special Guest
The Avon presented a special sneak preview of Live Free or Die and a special post-film Q/A with writer/director Andy Robin (Stamford native and former writer for Seinfeld). Taking its title from the state motto of New Hampshire, Live Free or Die is a deadpan comedy about a clueless, aspiring criminal named John "Rugged" Rudgate (Aaron Stanford), who spends his days forging rebate coupons and selling speakers out the back of his van.

March 19
Cradle Will Rock
Cradle Will Rock

Special Guest: An Evening With Tim Robbins
John Farr moderated and hosted a special screening of the powerful, sweeping, and critically acclaimed film Cradle Will Rock followed by a Q&A with director Tim Robbins. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

March 13
The Namesake
The Namesake

Special Guest: An Evening With Mira Nair
Mira Nair, the acclaimed director of Salaam Bombay!, Monsoon Wedding and Vanity Fair, joined the Avon audience for a special screening of The Namesake and a Q&A session after the show. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

March 12-14
To Die In Jerusalem
Director Hilla Medalia

Documentary Previews
The Avon presented a special screening of To Die In Jerusalem, a film which unabashedly explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the personal loss of two families. The film's most revealing moment is in an emotionally charged meeting between the mothers of the girls, presenting the most current reflection of the conflict as seen through their eyes.

March 10-15
2006 Academy Award
Nominated Shorts

2006 Academy Award Nominated Shorts

Special Screenings
The Avon provided a rare opportunity to see this year's Academy Award Nominated Shorts, from both the Animated and Live-Action categories.  Selections spanned the globe and included this year's winners! 

March 7
Le Petit Lieutenant
Le Petit Lieutenant

Critic's Choice
Joe Meyers, a film critic for CT Post, hosted this month's Critic's Choice series featuring Le Petit Lieutenant, a gripping police noir telling the story of Antoine, an ambitious young cop from the provinces who joins a plainclothes crime unit in Paris.

March 6-8
White Light, Black Rain
White Light, Black Rain

Special Event
Documentary Previews presented this moving, new film by an Academy Award winner, Steven Okazaki. Okazaki takes us into the lives and memories of ordinary people for whom life changed in the blink of an eye when the United States destroyed the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs. To a generation of audiences living in the shadow of a new arms race, the film is a necessary rendering of the price atomic warfare exacts.

February 28
Iraq in Fragments
Iraq in Fragments

Special Event
Documentary Night at the Avon presented Iraq in Fragments, an Academy Award Nominatee for Best Documentary. American director James Longly spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.

February 9
International Stars of Dance
International Stars of Dance

Special Event
The Avon was pleased to announce a special offer to Avon Theatre members to attend the International Stars of Dance event organized and hosted by the Stamford Center for the Arts.

February 7
The Gang's All Here
The Gang's All Here

Critic's Choice
Glenn Kenny, a film critic for Premiere Magazine, hosted this month's Critic's Choice series featuring The Gang's All Here, the over-the-top 1943 musical directed and choreographed by Busby Berkeley.

February 5-7
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib

Special Event
The Avon was proud to offer a special sneak preview screening of Sundance Festival selection Ghosts of Abu Ghraib directed by an award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy. This powerful, restrained, and fiercely compelling film provides an inside look at the abuses that occurred at the Iraqi prison in the fall of 2003.

January 31
Black Gold
Black Gold

Special Guest
Lloyd Parchment, of the Jamaican Gourmet Coffee Company, spoke at The Avon Theatre following the screening of the documentary Black Gold, an eye-opening exploration of the global coffee industry. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

January 23
That's Life
Chris Lemmon

Special Guest
The Avon audience joined Chris Lemmon in remembering and paying tribute to his father Jack Lemmon. A special screening of That's Life (1986) was followed by a Q&A and book signing of A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute To My Father. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

January 17
3 Women
3 Women

Critic's Choice
Nathan Lee, film critic for the NY Film Critic Circle and contributing writer for the NY Times and Village Voice, hosted this month's Critic's Choice series celebrating the great Rober Altman with a special screening of 3 Women.

January 4
The Illusionist
The Illusionist

Special Guest
Neil Burger, the writer/director of The Illusionist, joined the Avon audience for a special screening of the film and a Q&A after the show. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

 

- 2006 -

December 19 & 20
Storm of Emotions
Storm of Emotions

Special Event
The Avon hosted a special Documentary Night at the Avon event featuring a highly-acclaimed film, Storm of Emotions, chosen as one of 15 films competing for the final 5 slots in the 2006 Oscar Awards Best Documentary category.

December 6
California Split
California Split

Critic's Choice
Joe Meyers
, film critic for the Connecticut Post, hosted this month's installment of the Critic's Choice series with a special screening of Robert Altman's fascinating movie, California Split.

November 20
Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein

Special Event
Gene Wilder hosted a special three-part series, "Gene Wilder LIVE On Stage With his Picks of his Favorite Flicks!". The following films were screened as part of this series: The Merry Widow (11/6), Toppers Takes a Trip (11/13), and Young Frankenstein (11/20). To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

November 19
Heartburn

Special Guest
The Avon Theatre and Just Books were proud to host An Evening With Nora Ephron. Nora Ephron, one of America's most beloved authors, joined the Avon audience for a book discussion and a Q&A session about her latest work, I Feel Bad About My Neck And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman. The discussion was followed by a special screening of Heartburn (1986) starring Meryl Streep & Jack Nicholson. To view photos from this event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

October 23
Faces
Faces

Special Guests
The Avon Theatre was proud to present An Evening With Seymour Cassel. The event included a wine & cheese reception, a special screening of John Cassavetes' Faces, and a post-film Q&A with Mr. Cassel, hosted by Joe Meyers (CT Post critic).

October 13
Paint the Town Pink

Special Guests
The Avon hosted "Mothers, Daughters & Cancer: Tales from the Frontline" sponsored by Paint the Town Pink and Stamford Hospital's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center. Elizabeth Flock and her mother, Barbara Brack, who supported each other's journey through cancer treatment and recovery, shared their experiences as caregiver and patient, including the highs, lows and everything in between.

October 4
To Die For
To Die For

Critic's Choice
Just Books & The Avon Theatre presented An Insider's Look At Nicole Kidman, hosted by David Thomsom, film critic, historian, and author of the new biography, Nicole Kidman. A special screening of To Die For was followed by book signing and discussion with the Avon audience.

October 4
The Gold Bracelet
The Gold Bracelet

Special Event
The Avon was proud to host the Connecticut Film Festival '06 featuring two films, The Things That Hang From Trees and The Gold Bracelet.

September 20
I Am Cuba
I Am Cuba

Critic's Choice
Ann Lewinson
, film critic for the Fairfield Weekly, hosted this month's Critic's Choice series which featured a restored 35mm print of a classic film I Am Cuba.

September 6
We Came To Remember
Ralph Weymouth

Special Guest
Retired Vice-Admiral Ralph Weymouth stopped by the Avon for a special screening of a short documentary about his World War II unit and stayed after the show for a Q&A with the audience.

August 30
Little Miss Sunshine Little Miss Sunshine

Special Guest
Paul Dano
, the star of Little Miss Sunshine, joined the Avon audience for a Q&A following the screening of the film.

August 15
Heading South
Heading South

Special Guest
Karen Young
, the co-star of Heading South (Vers Le Sud), stopped by the Avon for a special screening of the film and a post-film Q&A with the audience. See pictures from the event.

August 9
Army of Shadows Army of Shadows

Critic's Choice
Joe Meyers
, film critic for the Connecticut Post, hosted this month's Critic's Choice series which featured Army of Shadows, a color restored 35mm print of Jean Pierre Melville's lost masterpiece based on the novel by Joesph Kessel (Belle de Jour) never before released in the United States.

July 18
After Innocence After Innocence

Special Guest
Robert Nave
(Amnesty International) moderated a discussion on the death penalty following a special screening of After Innocence.

July 13
The Amateurs

Special Guest
Joe Pantoliano
(The Sopranos, Memento, Midnight Run), the star of a new film, The Amateurs, stopped by the Avon for a special sneak preview of the film and a Q&A with the audience. See pictures from the event.

July 12
Purple Noon
Purple Noon

Critic's Choice
Special guest host Joe Meyers (Connecticut Post) returned to the Avon for a very special presentation of Martin Scorsese's Purple Noon. A Q&A session followed the show.

June 24
Wordplay
Wordplay

Special Guest
Will Shortz
, NPR's Puzzlemaster (and the only person to hold a college degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned from Indiana University in 1974) joined the Avon audience for a special Members-Only sneak preview of a new documentary, Wordplay, and a Q&A after the show.

June 20
Tom Jones
Tom Jones

Special Event
Best Movies by Farr presentedTom Jones: A tribute to Albert Finney on his 70th birthday. The event was hosted by John Farr (co-founder of the Avon, Stamford Advocate film columnist).

June 1
An Inconvenient Truth
An Inconvenient Truth

Special Event
The Avon Theatre & Stamford Land Conservation Trust proudly presented a Members Only sneak preview screening of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Peter Goldmark, Program Director of Climate and Air for Environmental Defense.

May 23
The Fallen Idol
The Fallen Idol

Special Guest
Robert Henrey is known and widely recognized throughout the Stamford and Greenwich communities for his invaluable contributions as a Deacon with Greenwich Hospital.  But back in 1948, he was an eight-year old “Bobby” Henrey, child actor and star of The Fallen Idol.  It would turn out to be his final film role.  Mr. Henrey made a very rare public speaking appearance to reminisce about his brief stint as a kid in the movie business, working on The Fallen Idol, and his surprise upon discovering that the film had been restored, re-released and received warmly by audiences and critics nationwide. The event was moderated by Bruce Goldstein (Rialto Pictures/Film Forum).

May 10
Bonjour Tristesse
Bonjour Tristesse

Critic's Choice
Hosted by film critic Glenn Kenny, this month's Critic's Choice selection featured Otto Preminger's Bonjour Tristesse.

May 7
The Sweet Smell of
Success
The Sweet Smell of Success

Special Guest
George Stevens, Jr.
, founder of the American Film Institute, stopped by the Avon for a book signing & discussion of "The Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the AFI", followed by a special screening of The Sweet Smell of Success (co-written by Ernest Lehman and photographed by James Wong Howe, both of whom are featured interviewees in the book).

May 3
Why We Fight
Why We Fight

Special Guest
Eugene Jarecki
(The Trials Of Henry Kissinger, The Opponent) whose latest film, WHY WE FIGHT, explores the military-industrial complex and the motivating forces that lead us to war joined the Avon audience for a Q&A following a special screening of his film.

April 27
Water
Water

Special Event
Members Appreciation Night:
The Avon Theatre members enjoyed our FREE Members-Only sneak preview of Deepa Metha’s WATER.

April 19
Klute
Klute

Special Guest
Jane Fonda
joined the Avon audience for a book signing of My Life So Far and a Q&A following a special 35th anniversary presentation of Ms. Fonda's Oscar winning performance in Klute.

April 15
The Great Muppet Caper
The Great Muppet Caper

Special Guest
Jane Henson
, wife of Jim Henson the creator of Sesame Street, The Muppets, and Fraggle Rock, stopped by the Avon for a special 25th anniversary screening of The Great Muppet Caper and a Q&A after the film.


April 11
Thank You For Smoking
Thank You For Smoking

Special Guest
Christopher Buckley
, author of the book Thank You For Smoking, upon which the smash hit movie is based joined the Avon audience for a very special post-film Q&A. Mr. Buckley is a political satirist and author of several novels. An editor at Forbes Magazine, Mr. Buckley spent many childhood days watching movies at the Avon Theatre.

April 6
Il Conformista
Il Conformista

Critic's Choice
Joe Meyers
, film critic for the Connecticut Post, hosted this month's Critic's Choice series which featured a new 35mm print of Il Conformista (The Conformist).

April 5
Keeper of the Kohn
Keeper of the Kohn

Guest Speakers
The star Peter Kohn and the director David Gaynes stopped by the Avon Theater for a post-film Q&As following the screenings of the film.

March 11
Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Neil Young: Heart of Gold

Guest Speaker
Film editor Andy Keir stopped by the Avon to share his experiences of going on the road with director Jonathan Demme to capture and edit musician Neil Young's two-night performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

March 8
White Hunter Black Heart
White Hunter Black Heart

Critic's Choice
David McKenna, professor of film at Columbia University who has directed over 100 productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway and in regional theatre and who has written countless movie commentaries, hosted this month's Critic's Choice series which featured Clint Eastwood's classic White Hunter Black Heart.

March 4
Brooklyn Lobster
Brooklyn Lobster

Guest Speakers
The star of the film, Danny Aiello, and the director, Kevin Jordan, joined the Avon audience for a screening of Brooklyn Lobster and a post-film Q&A.

March 3
Brooklyn Lobster
Brooklyn Lobster

Guest Speaker
Kevin Jordan
, director of Brooklyn Lobster, stopped by the Avon for a post-film Q&A with the audience. Jordan's other films include Kundun, and Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire. His next project, Flickerbox, is a narrative feature that takes places during the film patent wars of the early 1900.

January 11
In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood

Critic's Choice
Ann Lewinson, film critic for The Fairfield County Weekly, hosted this month's Critic's Choice event presenting In Cold Blood (a new 35mm print courtesy of Sony Pictures Reperory!).

January 5, 2006
Ballets Russes
Ballets Russes

Special Guest
New York Times dance writer Jack Anderson hosted a special special Q&A session with Frederic Franklin dance legend & star of Ballets Russes. The Avon staff extends special thanks to Bill Schneider, an Avon member and local resident, without whose volunteered efforts this special evening would not have been possible!

 

- 2005 -

December 14
Blow Out
Blow Out

Critic's Choice
Special guest host Joe Meyers (Connecticut Post) returned to the Avon for a very special presentation of Brian DePalma's Blow Out, starring John Travolta and Nancy Allen. A Q&A session followed the show.

November 14
On The Waterfront
On The Waterfront

Special Guest
Richard Schickel
, author, critic, and filmmaker, was on hand to sign copies of his latest book, Elia Kazan: A Biography, and to conduct a post-film discussion of Kazan's 1954 masterpiece, On The Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando, karl Malden, and Eva Marie Saint.

November 9
The Producers
Good Night, And Good Luck

Special Event
Joe Meyers
, a film critic for the Connecticut Post, hosted a restored 35mm presentation of The Producers. A special Q&A with Gene Wilder followed the film. To view photos from the event, please visit our Photo Gallery.

November 5
Good Night, And Good Luck
Good Night, And Good Luck

Special Event
Joe & Shirley Wershba
, former CBS News veterans, joined us for a special screening of Good Night, And Good Luck and a panel discussion moderated by Mitchell Krauss, former CBS News correspondent & former President of the World Affairs Forum.

November 3
Northfork
Northfork

Special Event
Mark & Michael Polish
, the writer/director brothers behind Twin Falls Idaho, Jackpot, and this evening's film, Northfork, starring James Woods and Nick Nolte, were on hand to discuss the movie and chat about their new book, The Declaration Of Independent Filmmaking.

October 29
Good Night, And Good Luck
Good Night, And Good Luck

Special Guest
Ruth Friendly, the widow of former CBS President Fred Friendly, joined us at the Avon for a screening of Good Night, And Good Luck and a post-film Q&A with the audience. Mrs. Friendly now serves as the Vice President of the Fred Friendly Seminars.

October 26
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire

Critic's Choice
David Thomson, acclaimed film writer and historian (author of The New Biographical Dictionary Of Film, The Whole Equation: A History Of Hollywood) who edited the re-discovered novel FAN TAN, co-written by Marlon Brando and Donald Cammell, stopped by the Avon to discuss this little-known and recently revealed side of Brando the author. The screening of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) was followed by a discussion of Brando's first collaboration with director Elia Kazan, as the memorable Stanley Kowalski.

October 25
The Little Shop of Horrors
The Little Shop Of Horrors

Meet the Director
Roger Corman, the King of B-Movies, stopped by the Avon for a Halloween celebration: a screening of his film, The Little Shop of Horrors, and a Q&A with the audience. Roger Corman has directed over 50 films and produced over 300! A legend among legends!

October 21
Good Night, And Good Luck
Good Night, And Good Luck

Special Guests
CBS News veterans, Richard C. Hottelet & Emerson Stone, joined us on the opening night of Good Night, And Good Luck for a panel discussion moderated by Mitchell Krauss. To view photos from the event, please visit our Photo Gallery.

October 19
The Squid And The Whale
The Squid And The Whale

Special Guest
William Baldwin, co-star and scene stealer in The Squid And The Whale, the acclaimed new film from wrtier/director Noah Baumbach, joined us at the Avon for a very special screening of the film and a Q&A with the audience.

October 6
The Agronomist
The Agronomist

Special Event
The Avon Theater together with the Haiti Lumiere de Demain organization hosted a special screening and panel discussion of The Agronomist. Monica Attell and Wiliam Fitzgerald joined us as panelists, and Louis Elneus presided as a moderator. The goal of this event was to inform the general public about Haiti and the work of Haiti Lumiere de Demain.

September 24
Paintings by Ivan Mitsyk and Ethnic Artifacts
A painting by Ivan Mitsyk

Special Art Exhibit
The Russian American Horizons and the Avon Theatre were proud to present to the public a one-day art exhibit, Paintings by Ivan Mitsyk and Ethnic Artifacts, displaying the works of Ivan Mitsyk in the Avon lounge.

September 20
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

Special Event
Co-directors, Bob Fiore & Michael Lesser, and war veteran, Jack Smith, stopped by the Avon for a panel discussion following a special screening of Winter Soldier, a documentary about the 1971 Winter Soldier Investigation conducted by activist group, Vietnam Veterans Against The War. More about the event here.

September 14
The Front
The Front

Critic's Choice
Professor Ernest Giglio joined us at the Avon for our monthly Critic's Choice series to present Martin Ritt's The Front , starring Woody Allen and Zero Mostel.

August 3
Heir to an Execution
Heir to an Execution

Special Guest
Morton Sobell, a co-defendant in the Rosenberg trial (convicted for conspiring to violate espionage laws) and a lifelong friend of the Rosenbergs, joined us for a special screening of a documentary Heir to an Execution (written and directed by Ivy Meeropol, grandaughter of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg) and a Q&A session after the show.

July 29
Murderball
Murderball

Meet the Director
Henry-Alex Rubin, the co-director and cinematographer of Murderball, a documentary about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players, stopped by the Avon for a Q&A session with the audience following the screening of his film.

July 19
Grey Gardens
Grey Gardens

Meet the Director
Albert Maysles (Meet Marlon Brando, Salesman, Gimme Shelter) joined us at the Avon for a rare public presenation of Grey Gardens, a documentary film which tells the unbelievable but true story of Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

July 14
Carmen & Geoffrey
Carmen & Geoffrey
Guest Speakers
Geoffrey Holder and Carmen De Lavallade, a couple and virtually a New York institution, stopped by the Avon for a Q&A with the audience following the documentary Carmen & Geoffrey, an intimate, exhilarating portrait of these two remarkable personalities and careers.
July 11
The Parallax View
The Parallax View
Critic's Choice
Joe Meyers, a film critic for The Connecticut Post, hosted this month's Critic's Choice series featuring Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View, one of the great political conspiracy thrillers of the '70s.
June 15
My Life As A Dog
My Life As A Dog
Meet The Director
Academy Award nominated director Lasse Hallstrom joined us as the Avon for a rare theatrical presentation of his acclaimed film My Life As A Dog and a discussion with the audience after the film. To see photos from the event, please visit our Photo Gallery.
June 12
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen
Guest Speakers
Director Chris Browne, and producers Alex Brown and Bill Bryan stopped by the Avon for a screening of their award winning bowling documentary, A League of Ordinary Gentlemen, and a Q&A session with the audience. To see photos from the event, please visit our Photo Gallery.
June 6
The Asphalt Jungle
The Asphalt Jungle
Critic's Choice
Stephen Schaefer of The Boston Herald joined us at the Avon for our Critic's Choice series to present John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle, a film which, released in 1950 at the height of crime-noir's popularity on the silver screen, redefined the genre.
May 28
Mad Hot Ballroom
Mad Hot Ballroom
Meet The Director
Marilyn Agrelo, the director of Mad Hot Ballroom, a film which profiles several of New York City's public school kids and their journey into the world of ballroom dancing, stopped by the Avon for a screening of the film and a Q&A session after the show.
May 27
Mad Hot Ballroom
Mad Hot Ballroom
Guest Speakers
Emma Biegacki and Sid Grant, the stars of Mad Hot Ballroom, were on hand for a Q&A session following the show. Ms. Biegacki is one of the students featured in the film, and Mr. Grant is one of the dance coaches. He is also a senior teaching artist for the American Ballroom Theatre company. To see photos from the event, please visit our Photo Gallery.
May 24
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Enron
Guest Speaker
Eli Wallach, the iconic star of stage and screen and official King of Brooklyn, joined the Avon audience for a special screening of the restored 35mm classic, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. The film was immediately followed by a Q&A and book signing of Mr. Wallach's new memoir, The Good, The Bad, And Me: In My Anecdotage. To see photos from the event, please visit our Photo Gallery.
May 23
Murder In A Small Town
Murder In A Small Town
Special Event
Gene Wilder joined us for the Stamford Theatre Works annual benefit and a screeing of Murder In a Small Town followed by a Q&A.
May 12
Enron
Enron
Guest Speaker
Bethany McLean, senior Fortune magazine writer, author of The Smartest Guys in the Room, the book on which the film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is based, was on hand afer the show for a post-film Q&A.
May 6
Enron
Enron
Guest Speaker
Alex Gibney, an Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and director, joined us for a post-film Q&A on the opening night of his newest film, Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room which exposes one of the history's greatest business scandals.
April 25
Masculine Feminine
Masculine Feminine
Critic's Choice
Ann Lewinson of Fairfield County Weekly joined us at the Avon for our Critic's Choice series to present the restored 35mm re-release print of Jean Luc Godard's Masculine Feminine.
April 10
Paper Clips
Paper Clips
Guest Speaker
Mr. Matthew Hiltzik, Executive Producer, was on hand for a post-film Q&A in this exclusive engagement of Paper Clips, the inspiring documentary that captures how a group of students learned about the Holocaust.
April 6
Memento
Off The Map
Special Event
Dean Sluyter, a film critic, author, and meditation teacher, joined us for a screening of the mind-bending cult classic Memento and a signing of his new book CINEMA NIRVANA: Enlightenment Lessons from the Movies.
April 2
Off The Map
Off The Map
Special Event
Director Campbell Scott and Film Editor Andy Keir, were on hand to discuss Off The Map, starring Joan Allen, Sam Elliot and J.K. Simmons; the film marks Campbell Scott's fourth directorial effort. Read more on the event.
March 31
Night Moves
Night Moves

Special Event
Arthur Penn, three time Academy Award nominee for Best Director, was at the Avon for this 30th anniversary screening of Night Moves. Penn is a great American auteur who transformed contemporary cinema in the '60s & '70s.

March 30
Land of Plenty
Land Of Plenty

Special Event
Wim Wenders, legendary German filmmaker (The American Friend, Wings of Desire, Buena Vista Social Club), stopped by the Avon to promote a special sneak preview of his latest feature, Land of Plenty.

March 14
A Perfect World
Critic's Choice
Kent Jones, a critic for Film Comment and programmer for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, hosted a special presentation of Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood's A Perfect World.
March 13
Downfall
Special Event
Brian Hanran from the Germanic Studies department at Columbia University joined us for this area exclusive engagement of Downfall, nominated for the Academy Award for best foregin language film, and "a powerful and artistically masterful re-creation of the last days of the Third Reich."
February 18
Hotel Rwanda
Special Event
World Vision partnered with the Avon to present a special evening with Terry George, Director of Hotel Rwanda. World Vision "helps children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty." Read more on the event.

February 17
Safavieh Reception

Special Event
Safavieh Helps the Avon Celebrate
Safavieh, Stamford's Fine Home Furnishings Center, located at 230 Atlantic Street hosted a special reception to mark our one year anniversary.
February 10
Peter Bogdanovich
Special Event
The Avon Celebrates its 1st Anniversary
We proudly celebrated the completion of the Avon's first successful year with special guest filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich. We revisited Mr. Bogdanovich's classic film, Saint Jack, and hosted an intimate Q&A and book signing of his latest book, "Who The Hell's In It?"
January 31
Imitation of Life
Critic's Choice
David Sterritt, veteran film critic for the Christian Science Monitor, presents Mr. Douglas Sirk’s final feature film, Imitation of Life (1959), starring Lana Turner, John Gavin, Juanita Moore and Sandra Dee. The movie chronicles the struggles of two mothers with very different problems who establish a friendship purely by accident, but forge a bond that brings them together for life.
January 29
Hotel Rwanda
Guest Speaker
Mr. Stanislas Kamanzi, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations joins us for a special screening of Hotel Rwanda, along with a special post-film Q&A and discussion. The movie tells the inspiring story of real life hero Paul Ruseabagina (Don Cheadle), a hotel manager in Rwanda who used his courage and cunning to shelter over a thousand refugees from certain death.
January 15
Hotel Rwanda
Guest Speaker
Professor Amanda Carlson, Assistant Professor in African Art History at the University of Hartford, leads a post-film discussion and Q&A, at this special showing of Hotel Rwanda.
January 8, 2005
The Woodsman
Guest Speaker
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News Film Critic, at this exclusive area engagement, introduces the brilliant new movie, The Woodsman, a harrowing and moving tale of one man's attempt to re-enter society as a convicted sex offender. Actor Kevin Bacon delivers one of his finest performances in years.

 

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November 13
Sideways
Guest Speaker
At this exclusive area engagement of Sideways, the new comedy from writer/director Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, Election), authors Andreas Fuchs and Ross Melnick were on hand to discuss and sign copies of the book Cinema Treasures: A New Look at Classic Movie Theater —which includes the newly restored Avon.
November 11
The Heartbreak Kid
Special Event
An Evening with Actor Charles Grodin, Hosted by Film Critic Janet Maslin — In conjunction with the Westport Country Playhouse, the Avon presents a special screening of The Heartbreak Kid (1972), with a unique post-film discussion and Q&A.
November 5
Stage Beauty
Special Event
The United Way of Stamford, as part of the Avon's Partnership Program, hosts a special awards ceremony in honor of one its board members, and screens Stage Beauty, the latest film from director Richard Eyre (Iris).
November 4
People Say I'm Crazy
Special Event
Benefit Screening of People Say I'm Crazy sponsored by Pathways of Greenwich. Director John Cadigan and director/producer Katie Cadigan were Pathways' special guests and had a personal dialogue with the audience about mental illness. People Say I'm Crazy is the first autobiographical documentary ever filmed by someone suffering with schizophrenia.
October 22
Stage Beauty
Special Event
Glenn KennyFilm Critic and Senior Editor of Premiere magazine was on hand to conduct a post-film discussion and Q&A, at an exclusive area engagement of Stage Beauty, a hit at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival, Stage Beauty stars Claire Danes and Billy Crudup.
October 15
The Motorcycle Diaries
Guest Speaker
Professor Jose MoraProfessor of Latin American Studies & Political Science for UCONN-Stamford was on hand to lead a post-film discussion and Q&A. The Motorcycle Diaries follows the journey of self-discovery, tracing the origins of a revolutionary heart of Ernesto Guevara, best known as "Che Guevara", who in 1952 is a 23-year-old medical student specializing in leprology.
September 7
Uncovered: The War on Iraq
Guest Speaker
Professor Geoff Porter Trinity College Professor of Middle East History and Political Analyst from the Eurasia Group was on hand as a guest speaker to conduct a post-film lecture and Q&A. Uncovered: The War On Iraq, is the new documentary from Robert Greenwald (Outfoxed) which chronicles the Bush Administration's determined quest to invade Iraq following 9/11.
August 27
Broadway:
The Golden Age

Guest Speaker
Rick McKayDirector was on hand as a guest speaker to conduct a post-film lecture for his new documentary Broadway: The Golden Age. This film is considered to be one of the most ambitious and comprehensive film made about America's most celebrated indigenous art form. Broadway has won thirteen Best Film, Documentary and Audience Awards.
August 20
Maria Full of Grace
Guest Speaker
Jeffery GalperinPort Chester, NY, Attorney, lent his unique insight and perspective in a post-film discussion and Q&A. A bilingual attorney, Mr. Galperin has represented many "drug mules" detained at JFK airport, such as the film's Maria. Maria Full of Grace was the Audience Award Winner at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
August 14
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

Guest Speaker
Tom LaSalle — Stamford Ferguson Librarian presents a brand new 35mm print of the 1977 Brazilian classic Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands as part of the Avon Classics at High Noon. Based on the novel by Jorge Amado, this Brazilian comedy follows the strange events that befall Doña Flor (Sonia Braga) after she is left a widow.
August 7
Maria Full of Grace
Special Event
Cast and Crew of Maria Full of Grace. In conjunction with the Hispanic Advisory Council of Greater Stamford, the Avon held a special evening with Orlando Tobon, associate producer and supporting actor of Maria Full of Grace. Guest host Harlan Jacobson (WFUV, USA Today, Talk Cinema) interviewed Tobon and other cast members in a post-film Q&A/discussion.

July 24
Rashomon

Guest Speaker
Professor Cheryl Cambras — Professor of Film Studies UCONN is special guest speaker to our presentation of legendary Japanese film maker Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1951), part of the Avon's Trip Around The World Series.

July 23
Riding Giants
Guest Speaker
John Motay Advisory Board Member, longtime surfer and documentarian introduced Riding Giants and led a post-film discussion at this premiere area engagement. The film (from legendary surfer/skater/director Stacy Peralta) provides an enchanting look at the history of big wave surfing and was the opening night selection at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
July 7
The 400 Blows
Guest Speaker
Professor Cheryl CambrasProfessor of Film Studies UCONN introduces Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows which won the 1959 "Best Director" prize at the Cannes Film Festival .
July 14
Liberty Heights, Tin Men
Special Event
Barry LevinsonCelebrated Film Director provides introductory commentary and leads a post-film discussion/Q&A, at this special evening hosted by the Avon, showing a Levinson-double feature: Liberty Heights, starring Adrien Brody, and Tin Men starring Danny DeVito. To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.
June 27
Riding Giants
Special Event
Joni Steele-Kimberlin — Avon Theatre Advisory Board Member, holds a special event for this premier area engagement of Riding Giants.
June 26
Caddyshack

Special Event
Chevy ChaseLocal Celebrity and legendary funnyman makes a very special guest appearance at our Film at Eleven series and introduces the all-time comedy classic Caddyshack.
To view photos from this event, please visit our Celebrity Photos page.

June 24
Control Room

Guest Speaker
Professor Geoff PorterVisiting Professor of Middle East History, Trinity College/Analyst for Middle East and North Africa at Eurasia Group leads a post-film discussion and Q&A. From director Jehane Noujaim, Control Room examines the pressing questions about the war in Iraq. The Avon screens this acclaimed documentary in association with The World Affairs Forum.

June 22
Control Room
Guest Speaker
Panel Discussion on Control Room Co-Sponsored by The World Affairs Forum, featuring Paul Janensch/ WNPR Media Commentator; Rosemary Shinko/UCONN Stamford Professor of Political Theory; Mitchell Krauss/ Former CBS News Correspondent.
June 18
Control Room
Guest Speaker
Professor Cheryl CambrasProfessor of Film Studies UCONN leads a post-film discussion and Q&A on Control Room.
June 13
Avon Theatre 65th Anniversary Celebration
Special Event
Weiss Family Descendants gather to commemorate the Avon's original opening in 1939.
June 11
BADASSSSS!
Guest Speaker
Charles ShepherdPresident and CEO of the Urban League of Southwestern Connecticut introduced Baadasssss!, directed by and starring Mario Van Peebles; it tells the story of Mario's father, Melvin, as he embarked on a mission to make the film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song in 1971.
May 5
The Company,
McCabe and Mrs. Miller


Special Event
Robert Altman
Celebrated Film Director introduces his newest film The Company, starring Neve Campbell, as part of the Avon's month-long celebration of Mr. Altman's body of work. The Company, an intimate look at the world of ballet, follows up on Altman's stunning success of the Academy Award-winning Gosford Park.
May 1
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Special Event
Gene WilderLocal Celebrity and Avon Advisory Board Member helps the Avon launch its Saturday morning Kidz Flix series, with this timeless children's classic.
May 1
Twilight Samurai
Guest Speaker
Reina Higashitan Japan Society Film Center of NY; a filmmaker and writer, Ms. Higashitani leads a post-film discussion and Q&A. Directed by Yoji Yamada, Twilight Samurai is set in the late nineteen century as the feudal Shogun period was giving way to the Meiji Restoration.
April 28
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… Spring
Guest Speaker
Panom Villay practicing Buddhist and member of the Stratford, CT Laotian Buddhist Temple. Villay facilitated a very special introduction and post-film discussion of this exclusive local engagement of director Kim Ki-duk's exquisite film about Buddhism, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...Spring.
April 24
Suddenly, Last Summer
Guest Speaker
Rosemary Mankiewicz, widow of film director, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and Avon Theatre Advisory Board member, introduces her husband's film Suddenly, Last Summer, starring Katharine Hepburn, as part of Avon Classics at High Noon.
April 4
Modern Times
Guest Speaker
Bruce Lawton & Alice ArztSilent Cinema & Film Restoration Experts present a fully restored version of Chaplin's masterpiece Modern Times, as part of Chaplin Week at the Avon.
March 23
The Return
Guest Speaker
Yelena KlompusWorld Languages Librarian Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT, was on hand to introduce and act as a guest speaker for a post-film lecture and Q&A, at the Fairfield County premiere engagement of The Return, winner of the Golden Lion (Best Picture) at the 2003 Venice Film Festival.
March 10
My Architect
Guest Speaker
Diane Harp-JonesMember of the CT Chapter of AIA. The Avon hosts the CT Chapter of The American Institute of Architects for a special screening of, and post-film discussion/Q&A on My Architect: A Son's Journey the Oscar-nominated documentary by architect Louis Kahn's son, Nathaniel.
March 5
Battle of Algiers

Guest Speaker
Robert KestenProfessor UCONN/Stamford, Founder Director’s View Film Festival leads a post-film discussion/Q&A, focusing on the film's impact on counter-intelligence today in the wake of global terrorism.
 
March 2
My Architect
Guest Speaker
John Morris DixonArchitect Journalist and Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture was a special quest speaker, and discussed the legacy of architect Louis Kahn.

February 14
Director’s View Film Festival Documentary Presentation

Special Event
Documentarian St. Clair Bourne’s film Here I Stand about Paul Robeson is a part of the Avon's re-opening, and participation in the Director's View Film Festival. Also part of the Festival, the Avon Theatre Community Film Project of Greenwich, premiered its adaptation of the short story, A Jury of Her Peers.

February 13
Director’s View Film Festival Documentary Presentation

Special Event
Legendary actor Ossie Davis presented acclaimed director Sidney Lumet with the Director's View Film Festival award following a special screening of his movie Network.

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