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Paul Sorvino’s ‘The Trouble with Cali’ will screen for free July 9-11 at the Scranton Cultural Center

Paul Sorvino’s ‘The Trouble with Cali’ will screen for free July 9-11 at the Scranton Cultural Center
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From a press release:

The Lackawanna County commissioners will be rolling out the red carpet in July for the long-awaited
Scranton premiere of “The Trouble with Cali” – whether people will be buying popcorn or rotten tomatoes is yet to be seen.

Details for the community showing of the controversial taxpayer-funded film were announced earlier today by Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Patrick M. O’Malley, and Edward G. Staback at a press conference.

“The Trouble with Cali” will be screened at the Scranton Cultural Center (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 9-11, beginning at 7:30 p.m., free of charge.

“We are very pleased that Mr. Sorvino granted us the release to show “The Trouble with Cali” to the residents of Lackawanna County,” explained Wansacz. “He was very cooperative during the whole process and wants the people of Lackawanna County to see the film that they invested in. We are now able to do that.”

“It has been a long time coming. Finally, the people will have the opportunity to see what they invested in some 10 years ago,” said O’Malley. “I want to express my thanks to Mr. Sorvino and his legal counsel for their assistance in providing us with the clearance to show the film to the public. We appreciated their efforts to work with us and provide a great opportunity for our 214,000 residents.”

“It is great to be able to let the people see their film and make their own decision on its merit,” noted Staback. “This premiere would not be possible without Mr. Sorvino’s approval, and I am very happy that he granted us the opportunity to show the film to the public and raise some funds for one of the crown jewels of our community – the Scranton Cultural Center.”

Residents who would like to see the film on premiere night, July 9, must have a ticket. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the following locations – the commissioners’ office, all branches of the Lackawanna County Library System, the Scranton Cultural Center, and The Times-Tribune building. There is a four ticket limit.

Tickets are not needed for the Friday and Saturday screenings. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Scranton Cultural Center.

Additionally, general donations will be accepted to support the ongoing programs and activities of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.

For general information on the movie and arrangements, contact the commissioners’ office at 570-963-6750.

Watch two clips from the film below (though they are not from the final cut) that contain major spoilers: