7th Street Theatre > 2012 > May

It’s a premiere!

I don’t know that we’ve ever had a premiere movie at the 7th Street Theatre.  But, this weekend, we get to show the 2011 film The Last Ride, a story of the last three days of Hank Williams’ life.  We’re the first theatre in the state to show this film. We found out about it though an email that went out to the LHAT (League of Historic American Theatres) group on April 19th.  We talked it over and decided we could handle another movie this year, and squeeze it in before the 7th Street Kids move in.   Since it’s about Hank Williams, we figure it should do well.  It’s going to be released to the  major movie theaters on June 22nd.  It’s been a lot of fun so far.  We didn’t have time to get any sponsors, however, we were fortunate to get Bigfoot 93.7 to step up and co-sponsor it with us.  This has been a huge help and we thank them.  Also, Marisa Salzer from The Montesano Vidette wrote up a great article in their May 31st Edition here.    Thank you for the well-done research Marisa!

After the article went to press, Marisa received a return phone call from Henry Thomas who stars as Hank Williams in the film.   Here’s a transcript of Marisa’s phone conversation with him:

When the story about the film, “The Last Ride” went to press Wednesday, the star of the show, Henry Thomas, called me back — just as I was reading it — hot off of the press. Thomas apologized for missing my deadline, but while I had him on the line, I asked if I could ask him a few questions about the film, and proceeded to have a really nice conversation about the story and the filming from his perspective.
The film tells the story about final three days of Hank Williams Sr.’s life before he died at the age of 29, alone, in the backseat of his car. It is directed by Harry Thomason, written by Howie Klausner and stars Henry Thomas, Jesse James, Fred Dalton Thompson and Kaley Cuoco.
Thomas has had an active career in the performance arts since his first movie at the age of 10. He is well known for starring in the blockbuster, E.T. (he played the character Elliott). In addition to films and T.V., he is a musician. Thomas spoke a little bit about his music, he writes songs and plays the guitar. He might have been a little bit modest because his director said that he also has a band and does tours around the country.
When approached by Harry Thomason, the director of “The Last Ride,” to be a part of the film, Thomas was already familiar with Hank Williams’ work. He grew up in Texas and his dad’s family is from Alabama.
“What was special about it (the story) was that it showed Hank as a wounded guy … I mean, he died in the back seat of his car,” Thomas added with an incredulous laugh.
Thomas said one of the reasons he agreed to do the film, was because the story portrayed Hank as a person instead of a superstar, an idea he can personally relate to. For example, he said, when there’s a car accident, everyone always sees what happened, but not who the people were in the accident.
When asked about how he expects moviegoers to react to the film, he said, “it was really interesting to me to see the reactions.” In particular are those die-hard Hank fans. As the film continues to reach a broader spectrum of viewers, he is anxious to see how people interpret it. “It is a story, no one really knows what happened” to Williams in those final days, he explained.

Blog, Blog, Blog! It’s baacckkkkkkkkk!

After over two years of being broken, we now have our blog back.  This is pretty exciting, but I’ve sort of gotten out of the blog habit, and need to renew that.  We have Facebook, and we do post many things there, but a blog is different.  It’s so much more bloggier.  By that I mean that you can find everything really easily, look up the most used tags  (those turquoise words on the right, down a ways.  See them?   That is really cool!) and find entries that interest you.  So here we go blogging again, and hope you call come back and check in.

Texaco Country Showdown

The Harbor’s New Country Kix 95.3 presents: The Texaco Country Showdown

Saturday June 9 @ 7 pm

Tickets $7 for all seats.  Available at Books on 7th in Hoquiam, Brown Paper Tickets, or at the box office 30 minutes prior.

The Texaco Country Showdown is open to vocal and/or instrumental performers, individuals, or groups of up to seven members who have not performed on a record listed in the national record charts of Billboard, Radio and Records, or The Gavin Report within eighteen months preceding local competition. Despite a rather humble beginning, the Country Showdown has become a reliable source of rising country music stars over its 30-year history. Over the years, stars such as Garth Brooks, Sara Evans & Brad Paisley have competed in the Country Showdown.   So, do what many of today’s country superstars have done and “Follow the Road” to the National Final where YOU could win $100,000 and the National Title.


7th Street Kids Auditions for Summer Musical Production

Auditions for Cinderella (Enchanted Edition)

Saturday June 2 @ 9am

Auditions for Cinderella (Enchanted Edition) will be held at the theater on Saturday, June 2 at 9 AM.  Kids who will be 7 to 16 years old on June 15 are invited to audition.  All who audition must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  No previous experience or preparation is necessary.  Those who audition will be taught a short song and dance which they will perform for the directors and producer, who will choose 50 Kids for the production

More information on the 7th Street Kids page!

Movie premiere: THE LAST RIDE

A story of Hank Williams, music’s original bad boy

Saturday June 2 @ 7:30
Sunday June 3rd matinee at 2:00

All tickets $7.00, available at Harbor Drug and Books on 7th in Hoquiam, Brown Paper Tickets, and at the door one-half hour before the movie

He called himself Luke the Drifter. He pioneered, and pretty much invented what we know today as country music. At the peak of his career, he was acknowledged to be the greatest singer-songwriter in American history. But after a meteoric rise to record and radio super-stardom in the late 1940’s, the man had made a train wreck of his life. Drugs, alcohol, and a hair-trigger temper had ended two marriages, ruined a host of friendships and made the tortured genius a virtual untouchable in the music business.

So at the end of 1952, Hank Williams gathered what was left of his physical strength to make things right, and begin the long road back. He booked New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio, and hired a local kid who didn’t even own a radio, much less know who this legend was, to drive him there from Montgomery Alabama. No one else wanted the job.

Inspired by the mysterious final days Hank Williams’ mercurial life, THE LAST RIDE is the story of that final drive through the bleak Appalachian countryside of 1950’s America. A lonely two-man odyssey; a boy coming of age, and a man leaving this world way before his time, a victim of his own abuses.

Rated PG-13 Thematic element: Some language, a fight and smoking.

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