The Norton cinema plans to show the movie “Big Stone Gap” eight times Thursday night.
The town Big Stone Gap, Va. has several events planned for Saturday to celebrate the movie’s opening weekend. Adriana Trigiani, writer and director of the movie and author of the novel “Big Stone Gap,” and some of the stars of the movie are expected to be in town this weekend.
With Trigiani’s movie filmed entirely on location in Big Stone Gap, Va. and surrounding areas in Virginia, Cinema City 9 staff anticipate a large number of people wanting to see the flick on its opening night. The movie launches in Wise County, Va. on Oct. 8, one day earlier than nearly 250 select theaters nationwide.
The 7 o’clock showing on Thursday is sold out, but tickets are still available for showings at 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m. 10 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. From Friday until Oct. 15, people will have eight chances each day to see “Big Stone Gap”: 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The cinema is located at 206 Coeburn Ave. S.W., Norton.
Ronnie Snyder, manager and head projectionist at Cinema City 9, said telephone calls inquiring about tickets and show times for “Big Stone Gap” are becoming more frequent the closer it is getting to opening night.
Central Drive-In, located at 5111 Kent Junction Road, Norton will play “Big Stone Gap” at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Trigiani’s film features a star-studded cast — Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia, Jenna Elfman and Jasmine Guy.
In the fall of 2013, movie extras came from various towns in coal country to be a part of Trigiani’s creation. The New York Times bestselling author, who grew up in Big Stone Gap, has said that people from this region will feel connected to her movie.
The film is set in 1978 and centers around Ave Maria Mulligan, a 35-yearold pharmacist, whose life changes when she learns of a family secret and tries to figure out who she really is. The self-proclaimed spinster, played by Judd, is also co-captain of the Rescue Squad and director of The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama.
The movie soundtrack will be released this week featuring Roseanne Cash, Papa Joe Smiddy, If Birds Could Fly and Adriana Trigiani’s brother Michael Trigiani. The soundtrack is composed by Grammy Award-winning musician, producer and songwriter John Leventhal.
Trigiani, Judd, Wilson and Elfman are scheduled to attend some of Saturday’s events.
A parade on Wood Ave. set for 11 a.m. will include the 2015 cast of The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama and movie extras in 1978-era costumes.
At noon, Trigiani is scheduled to present a special award to her mother Ida at The Fall Show of the Garden Club at the Southwest Virginia Museum.
A red carpet will be rolled out on Wood Ave. at 7 p.m. and Trigiani will introduce the cast of “Big Stone Gap”. A street dance will follow with music from 1978.
The original Mutual Pharmacy will be open during the day for food services and displays.
Bathrooms and comfort stations will be located in the central business district.
Bus shuttles to downtown Big Stone Gap will run continuously throughout the day between parking lots at Union High School and Mountain Empire Community College. Cost is $1.