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F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre adds more classic movie screenings on Aug. 6-Sept. 17

F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre adds more classic movie screenings on Aug. 6-Sept. 17
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From a press release:

Today, the F.M. Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre announced the final movies in the “Come Back to the Kirby” series, continuing on Fridays at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 17.

Hearkening back to the venue’s history as a movie theater, the “Come Back to the Kirby” series that started on June 25 features a wide variety of Hollywood’s most memorable films on the big screen, the way they were originally intended to be seen. Classic movies will continue to be shown once a month starting in October.

Tickets for the matinee showings are only $3 at the box office, while all evening showings are just $5.

“Come Back to the Kirby” movie schedule

The Sandlot (1993, PG, 101 minutes) – Aug. 6 – 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Dirty Dancing (1987, PG-13, 97 minutes) – Aug. 20 – 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Princess Bride (1987, PG, 97 minutes) – Aug. 27 – 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Grease (1978, PG, 110 minutes) – Sept. 3 – 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Gone with the Wind (1939, G, 223 minutes) – Sept. 10 – 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, NR, 129 minutes) – Sept. 17 – 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This classic movies series is sponsored by Flashback Cinema. Each showing will be preceded by an on-screen introduction by Flashback Cinema host and Northeastern Pennsylvania native John Hersker, who will provide historical background on the films.

Flashback Cinema programs and markets classic movies in theaters across the United States. It is the creation of Hersker, a fourth-generation theatre operator, former executive vice president of Paramount Pictures, and current resident of NEPA.

After being closed for more than a year due to COVID-19, the F.M. Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre) is also hosting live performances again, including the Happy Together Tour on Aug. 9, Tedeschi Trucks on Aug. 18, Indigo Moon Brass Band on Aug. 21, Joe Nardone’s “Oh What a Night” of doo-wop legends on Sept. 11, Led Zeppelin tribute band No Quarter on Sept. 25, comedian Theo Von on Oct. 9, comic Jo Koy on Oct. 21, Foreigner on Oct. 22, and Strand of Oaks on Nov. 21. For the safety of these incoming crowds, the theater has installed a new air purification system that runs throughout the entire building.

For more information on the “Come Back to the Kirby” series or any other event, or to learn how to become a member of the Kirby Center, visit or call 570-826-1100. For more about Flashback Cinema, go to or follow them on Facebook.

Photo by Rich Howells/NEPA Scene