People will once again be able to step into the Paradise Theatre and order hot buttered popcorn and beverages. They may not be able to see first-run movies from Hollywood and foreign lands, but film festivals, concerts and plays are certainly planned for the near future.
The Paonia Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Paradise Theatre want to keep the historic venue open at least until the end of the year. The theater is still on the market for some movie buff or theater lover to purchase. No one wants to imagine a downtown Paonia without its 88-year-old theater.
Opening at the Paradise Theatre Aug. 16-18 is the fifth annual Food Farm Film Wine Festival. Come watch documentary films, tour organic farms and wineries throughout the North Fork Valley and attend events featuring the fresh, organic food being produced in the valley.
Local chefs using the harvest from local farms will prepare appetizers before the film on Friday, Aug.16.
A farm-to-table dinner will be served on Saturday at Fresh & Wyld Farmhouse Inn. Sunday, they are preparing a scrumptious brunch.
Food Farm Film Wine Festival is sponsored by Slow Food Western Slope, First State Bank of Colorado, Avalanche Cheese, Western Colorado Congress, Valley Organic Growers Association and the Town of Paonia.
Proceeds of this event will go to Western Slope Conservation Center and Citizens for a Healthy Community to honor "their advocacy efforts in helping to preserve and protect the North Fork Valley's local food system."
Tickets are available for individual events or the entire weekend.
More information is available at the Slow Food Western Slope website.
Here's the festival schedule:
Friday, August. 16 —
3 - 5 p.m. Event check-in at Delicious Orchards
5 p.m. Chef-Farm Food Pairings "Valley Tastings" at the Paradise Theatre
6 p.m. Film "Bag It!" Director Suzan Beraza will be in attendance to discuss the movie. There is a 10 percent dinner discount if you want to eat after the movie at The Living Farm Café or the Flying Fork in Paonia or PJ's Pub in Hotchkiss.
Saturday, Aug. 17 —
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Event check-in at Delicious Orchards.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Morning and afternoon farm and winery tours.
5 -7 p.m. Film "Genetic Roulette" at the Paradise Theatre.
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Dinner at Fresh & Wyld Farmhouse Inn.
Sunday, Aug. 18 –
9 a.m. - Continental breakfast at the Paradise Theatre.
9:30 - 11 a.m. Film "Dirt."
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brunch at Fresh & Wyld with music by Sticky Mulligan.
Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Cost to see the featured movie is $15 at the door.
The following Saturday on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. the Paonia Players will present the Paonia-Carbondale Dating Game at the Paradise Theatre in downtown Paonia.
This will be a crazy night of fun. This "reality theatre" event matches real bachelors and bachelorettes from opposing communities in a question and answer game show, complete with dynamic game show hosts, 1970s costumes and a dance party after the show.
The performance follows the immense success of last year's production of the Not-So Newlywed Game, which had local married couples competing to see who knew their spouses the best. This is "for adults only."