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Movie nights at museum to kick off Friday


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By Stacey Keenan -- Daily Correspondent

WINCHESTER -- Pull on some overalls, grab a train conductor's hat, and on Friday night head over to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley for the start of a new summer tradition.

Movie Night at the MSV: "The Great Train Robbery" offers patrons a chance to explore the museum's galleries at night, and then enjoy an outdoor movie designed to complement the exhibit currently in the museum's Changing Exhibition Gallery.

The first movie shown this summer is the 1979 classic "The Great Train Robbery," starring Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland. The movie, known as a caper film, tells the story of the first successful robbery of a moving train. The showing starts at 8:30 p.m.

"The museum has long been interested in collaborating with the Magic Lantern Theatre to present outdoor movie showings at the MSV. This summer's schedule of exhibitions in the Museum's Changing Exhibition Gallery offered the perfect opportunity to do so," said Julie Armel, director of marketing and public relations at the museum in a recent e-mail interview.

Armel and her staff worked with officials at the Magic Lantern Theatre to choose the film, which complements the current special exhibition, "Life Along the Line: Railroad Photography by O. Winston Link," which ends on Sunday.

"The museum staff was very enthusiastic about Magic Lantern's suggestions and thought that the combination of movies and gallery tours would be a fun, new way for visitors to experience the museum," Armel said.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., visitors can tour the museum's galleries, including the Link exhibit. "Life Along the Line" is a collection of 31 photos taken by America's premier steam railroading photographer, O. Winston Link (1914-2001). The pictures, taken between 1955 and 1960, illustrate how people interacted with the Norfolk & Western Railway, the last Class 1 railroad in America to operate exclusively with steam power. The exhibit was organized by the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Armel said.

The movie will be shown on a big screen mounted to the outside wall of the museum. "The Great Train Robbery" is rated PG, and runs about 110 minutes.

At the end of August, the museum and Magic Lantern Theater will present the musical "An American in Paris" to coincide with the upcoming exhibit, "Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris," which opens Aug. 15.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley's Movie Night: The Great Train Robbery begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The galleries will be open from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. The film classic, "The Great Train Robbery," begins at 8:30 p.m. outside the museum. North Mountain Vineyard will be selling wine by the bottle or glass. Soda, water, popcorn and Route 11 Potato Chips also will be available for purchase. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on, as well as a picnic, but no outside alcohol. The museum's reception hall is the rain location. The cost, which includes gallery and movie admission, is $5 for museum and Magic Lantern Theater members and $10 for non-members.

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