The Hamburg Strand Theatre has transformed going to the movies into an interactive experience with characters jumping off the movie screen.

“There’s something a little more special than just a movie!” said Hamburg Strand theater manager Bethany Sholl.

Recent events included the Dec. 19 “Mary Poppins Returns” premiere showing with a Meet and Greet with Mary Poppins. Classic Movie Night on Jan. 8 featured the showing of “Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade” with a visit by Indiana Jones and his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. This event also featured a costume contest.

The movie-going fun continued on Jan. 18 with “Animal House: An Interactive Show.” Attendees were encouraged to dress in a toga to be entered into a costume contest. Actors lead everyone in the interactions. About 95 people attended.

“People loved it! They can’t wait for next year,” said Sholl.

She hopes these movie events offer the community something new.

“An interactive twist to make it more than sitting and watching a movie,” said Sholl. “It brings people with a common interest together!”

Events like Animal House and the Mary Poppins event provide opportunities for people to get excited and gain new experiences, she said.

“Some kids may never get to Disney World but they can meet Mary Poppins at The Strand!”

What movie events can the community anticipate in the future?

“Watch Facebook for the most up to date events!”

Posted on The Hamburg Strand Movie House Facebook page are upcoming events for Classic Movie Night “Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Feb. 12 and a 1950s Murder Mystery & Dinner “The Case of the Shaken, Rattled & Rolled Reporter” by Madilyn Yuengel held at Olivet Blue Mountain Camp, 115 Mountain Ave., Hamburg, at 5:30 p.m. on March 2. Also, a Business Roundtable Discussion will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 5.

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Lisa Mitchell is an editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers, covering news and events in the Northeast Berks County area.

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