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Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival returns with 90 films in-person at Opera House April 22-25

Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival returns with 90 films in-person at Opera House April 22-25

From a press release: Channeling “the rebellious spirit of the Molly Maguires,” the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival challenges the boldest, most defiant filmmakers to present their work, shatter convention, and incite spirited debate. The festival credo is “eyes and minds wide open,” and they mean it. After canceling last year due to COVID-19, the […]

 The Conversation

Are the streaming wars really a threat to the film industry?

Are the streaming wars really a threat to the film industry?

In a world of countless entertainment opportunities, movies are one of the few remaining proven ways to attract a new audience and retain existing ones. Yet the dominant narrative seems to be that, in the age of the Internet, the old system of theatrical release can no longer cater for audiences worldwide – or so […]

 The Conversation

Disney’s pivot to streaming is a sign of entertainment and economic changes to come

Disney’s pivot to streaming is a sign of entertainment and economic changes to come

Disney has announced a significant restructuring of its media and entertainment business, boldly placing most of its growth ambitions and investments into its recently launched streaming service, Disney+. The 97-year-old media conglomerate is now more like Netflix than ever before. What this means is that Disney will be reducing its focus from (and potentially the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Circle Drive-In in Dickson City screens ‘Star Wars’ show ‘The Mandalorian’ for free on Nov. 13

Circle Drive-In in Dickson City screens ‘Star Wars’ show ‘The Mandalorian’ for free on Nov. 13

It was announced today that the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City will host a screening of the first four episodes of the hit Star Wars television show “The Mandalorian” on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the concession stand will be open, selling drinks, popcorn, freshly made pizzas, items from […]

 Rich Howells

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ wraps sequel trilogy well but falls short as ‘Star Wars’ saga closer

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ wraps sequel trilogy well but falls short as ‘Star Wars’ saga closer

Editor’s note: This review is spoiler-free and does not reveal any major plot details. Much like its protagonist Rey, “The Rise of Skywalker” has nearly impossible expectations to live up to. As Disney’s marketing campaign has repeated again and again, this movie is not only the end of the sequel trilogy, but the entire Skywalker […]

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Two young casts ‘Let It Go’ with Disney’s ‘Frozen Jr.’ at Act Out Theatre in Dunmore Oct. 11-20

Two young casts ‘Let It Go’ with Disney’s ‘Frozen Jr.’ at Act Out Theatre in Dunmore Oct. 11-20

From a press release: The cold doesn’t bother Act Out Theatre Group. Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” is coming to the Dunmore stage on weekends from Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 20. Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” is a truncated version of the hit Broadway musical based on the 2013 animated fantasy movie. It follows two sisters, Elsa […]

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Disney on Ice celebrates ‘100 Years of Magic’ at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Jan. 9-13

Disney on Ice celebrates ‘100 Years of Magic’ at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Jan. 9-13

From a press release: Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the celebration of the century as Disney on Ice celebrates “100 Years of Magic.” Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and pals take to the ice to honor the legacy of Walt Disney and bring audiences on a magical journey through classic […]

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Be a guest of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Act Out Theatre in Taylor Feb. 23-March 4

Be a guest of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Act Out Theatre in Taylor Feb. 23-March 4

From a press release: Local audiences will be able to rediscover a “tale as old as time” when Act Out Theatre Group presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” in Taylor on weekends starting this Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, March 4. Director Dan Pittman, who became the artistic director of Act Out in August, is […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ musical swings into Theatre at the Grove in Nuangola July 21-30

‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ musical swings into Theatre at the Grove in Nuangola July 21-30

From a press release: Theatre at the Grove will continue its performances of the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the historic venue in Nuangola on Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 30. From the Oscar-winning creative team of Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story […]

 Joe Evans

MOVIE REVIEW: Visually stunning ‘Moana’ rivals ‘Frozen’ as best Disney animated movie in years

MOVIE REVIEW: Visually stunning ‘Moana’ rivals ‘Frozen’ as best Disney animated movie in years

Disney’s animation studio is just recently hitting its stride. They hit what many would consider the peak of its glory with 2013’s cultural phenomenon “Frozen.” “Moana,” however, takes what the studio got right with “Frozen” and built on its foundations with its follow-up effort. I’m going to say this right off the top, just to […]