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October 2021

Bootlegger – AGH Film Fest

Mani, a master’s student, returns to the reserve in northern Quebec where she grew up. Her painful past resurfaces. Resolved to reintegrate into the community, she gets involved in the debate around a referendum on allowing the free sale of alcohol on the reserve. Laura, a bootlegger, pockets the profits she makes there under the protection of the band council and her partner Raymond. The latter is still angry with Mani, whom he holds responsible for the death of his…

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Set! – AGH Film Fest

Table setting — for most of us it’s a chore, but for some it’s a sport. Once a year, a group of highly competitive table-setters vie for the “Best of Show” ribbon at the Orange County Fair competition, often referred to as “The Olympics of Table Setting.” From taxidermied monkeys to table- reveal parties, eccentric personalities and old rivalries come to a head as contestants spend months preparing their tables only to be penalized by a misplaced dessert fork or…

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Gentleman’s Agreement – Movies that Mattered Talk

Movies that Mattered Film Talk Series with Fred Fuchs In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently. Watch the film and stay for the Film Talk. Included in the price of admission. GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947) Presented with the AGH Film Fest A reporter pretends to be Jewish to cover a story on anti-Semitism and…

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Festival Express – Music in Film Talk

MUSIC IN FILM SERIES Hosted by Alysha Main Music Supervisor/DJ/Host of “Hamilton Film” Podcast A series for true music lovers longing to immerse themselves in a big audiovisual experience with the greatest sonic moments ever captured on film.  Host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the liner notes and deep cuts from the most beloved music documentaries. In Part 1 of the series, we will revisit the heady era of 1969-1976, exploring the impact the music…

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The Lost Leonardo

Held over due to popular demand from the AGH Film Fest! The mystery surrounding the Salvator Mundi, the first painting by Leonardo da Vinci to be discovered for more than a century, which has now seemingly gone missing. The Westdale is operating at full capacity. Tickets for all seats are for sale and there is no requirement for physical distancing. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Join us at The Westdale for the ultimate Halloween Cult Classic! A newly engaged couple has a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. We encourage you to dress up and bring props. Please wear a mask unless eating or drinking and stay in your assigned seats. No outside alcohol, oversized water guns, toast, rice, or other organic projectiles. Proof of vaccination is required for entry. Effective Saturday, October 9,…

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy $2 (1955)

In Egypt Peter and Freddie find the archaeologist Dr. Zoomer murdered before they can return to America. A medallion leads them to a crypt where a revived mummy provides the terror. The Westdale is operating at full capacity. Tickets for all seats are for sale and there is no requirement for physical distancing. Proof of vaccination is required for entry. Sponsored by the Merchants of Westdale Village Supported by Hamilton Community Foundation

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November 2021

Hamilton Originals with Jamie Oakes

Hamilton's own Jamie Oakes! Stream on YouTube Stream on Facebook The Westdale knows about being an original.  The iconic theatre debuted in 1935 as Hamilton's first cinema equipped to show 'talkies' – motion pictures with sound.  Fast forward 85 years and The Westdale is buzzing with excitement to announce that Hamilton Originals, its response to the pandemic that premiered in July 2020, is heading back to the stage to do some talking with sound.  Hamilton Originals invites musicians with a…

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Jessica Chastain stars as flamboyant televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in this humanizing portrait of the rise and fall of the Bakker network empire. In a captivating performance that is nothing short of alchemy, Jessica Chastain transforms into flamboyant televangelist and singer Tammy Faye Bakker, the woman who would, alongside husband Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield), build a multimillion dollar ministry empire. The Bakkers’ spectacular fall from grace thrust Tammy Faye into the mainstream spotlight. Her fashion and makeup choices were regular…

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The Rescue

From Academy Award-winning filmmakers of FREE SOLO E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, THE RESCUE chronicles the enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand.

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Modern Times – Movies that Mattered Talk

Movies that Mattered Film Talk Series with Fred Fuchs In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently. Watch the film and stay for the Film Talk. Included in the price of admission. MODERN TIMES (1936) The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. Directed by…

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Pather Panchali – World Cinema Talk

World Cinema Masterworks Film Talk With Jeff Bender Join The Westdale as we take a tour around the world to explore the finest films from international cinema. A combination of classic and contemporary, World Cinema at The Westdale will lead you on a winding journey through masterworks by acclaimed filmmakers and the stories they tell will broaden your movie-going horizons. Come on an adventure around the world with us after the film! Through his film talks, Jeff will introduce us…

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On the Waterfront – Movies that Mattered Talk

Movies that Mattered Film Talk Series with Fred Fuchs. In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently. Watch the film and stay for the Film Talk. Included in the price of admission. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. Directed by Elia Kazan…

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Gimme Shelter – Music in Film Talk

MUSIC IN FILM SERIES Hosted by Alysha Main Music Supervisor/DJ/Host of “Hamilton Film” Podcast A series for true music lovers longing to immerse themselves in a big audiovisual experience with the greatest sonic moments ever captured on film.  Host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the liner notes and deep cuts from the most beloved music documentaries. In Part 1 of the series, we will revisit the heady era of 1969-1976, exploring the impact the music…

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December 2021

Do the Right Thing – Movies that Mattered Talk

Movies that Mattered Film Talk Series with Fred Fuchs In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently. Watch the film and stay for the Film Talk. Included in the price of admission. DO THE RIGHT THING (1989) On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's…

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Hamilton Originals with Terra Lightfoot

Hamilton's own Terra Lightfoot! Stream on YouTube Stream on Facebook The Westdale knows about being an original.  The iconic theatre debuted in 1935 as Hamilton's first cinema equipped to show 'talkies' – motion pictures with sound.  Fast forward 85 years and The Westdale is buzzing with excitement to announce that Hamilton Originals, its response to the pandemic that premiered in July 2020, is heading back to the stage to do some talking with sound.  Hamilton Originals invites musicians with a…

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Fanny and Alexander – World Cinema Talk

World Cinema Masterworks Film Talk With Jeff Bender Join The Westdale as we take a tour around the world to explore the finest films from international cinema. A combination of classic and contemporary, World Cinema at The Westdale will lead you on a winding journey through masterworks by acclaimed filmmakers and the stories they tell will broaden your movie-going horizons. Come on an adventure around the world with us after the film! Through his film talks, Jeff will introduce us…

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Heartworn Highways – Music in Film Talk

MUSIC IN FILM SERIES Hosted by Alysha Main Music Supervisor/DJ/Host of “Hamilton Film” Podcast A series for true music lovers longing to immerse themselves in a big audiovisual experience with the greatest sonic moments ever captured on film.  Host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the liner notes and deep cuts from the most beloved music documentaries. In Part 1 of the series, we will revisit the heady era of 1969-1976, exploring the impact the music…

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Dave Rave Rock and Roll New Year’s Eve Party!

Ring in 2022 with Dave Rave & the Midnight Men at The Westdale!  Tickets are $70 + HST and go on sale on November 3.  Late-night snacks and a champagne toast included. Register fro pre-sale access! Songwriter Dave Rave, lead singer for noted Canadian punk band Teenage Head, dubbed “Canada’s Nick Lowe”, has rocked the world from Hamilton, Ontario all the way to Russia. New York City-based, Rave can lay claim to being the first Canadian artist (The Dave Rave…

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