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Drive-in Screenings of Rock ‘n’ Roll Films

Call it Simon’s Rock and Roll for Labor Day weekend as the Great Barrington, Mass., college partners with the nearby Mahaiwe Theater for a weekend of music-themed films that can be viewed “drive-in style.” 

The screenings will be at Simon’s Rock, at 84 Alford Road, which is just around the corner and up the hill from the theater. 

The gates open at 7:15 p.m. each night and the screenings begin at 8:30 p.m. (audience members are asked to arrive no later than 8 p.m.).

The first film (on Thursday, Sept. 3) will be a 2019 documentary called, “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles,” about the making of the film version of “Fiddler on the Roof.” 

“Amazing Grace,” released in 2018 and featuing a live concert by Aretha Franklin (at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles) in January 1972 will be shown on Friday, Sept. 4. 

Martin Scorsese (director of the definitive film about Woodstock, among other cinema classics) made “Shine a Light,” during the Rolling Stones’ “A Bigger Bang” tour. The documentary history of the band will screen Saturday, Sept. 5. 

And on Sept. 6, Mary Wharton’s film “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President” explores the part that popular music played in the 1976 election of the plain-spoken president from Plains, Ga. This film is presented in partnership with the Berkshire International Film Festival.

Audience members will watch from their vehicles; audio is transmitted on radio station 104.3 FM. Patrons may only leave vehicles for concessions and restrooms, and must wear masks when outside their vehicle. Portable toilets on-site follow accessibility regulations. 

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