On a Saturday night the Garde Arts Center filled up with people to see the Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning film Lady Bird as part of their Winter Cinema series. With the box office lobby filled with patrons buying tickets to come see the film this night was destined to be a special night at the Garde Arts Center in New London, Connecticut.
Before the magic only the Garde could provide to the audience there was popcorn being popped and the bar being set up. In the lobby the ushers were taking their positions. The patrons made their way in by letting their tickets be scanned in the new scanning system.
Many patrons made their way inside the theater but stopped by to grab refreshments. One of the popular places was the new tea display where there were cups of tea being brewed with a free cookie. In the lobby there were many stopping by to look at the upcoming shows The Wizard of Oz on May 3rd and the New London Youth Talent Show on April 6th. Others stopped and asked questions about future shows like Air Supply on March 19th and Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin on March 3rd. Others stopped by a table to pick up advertisements for BANFF, a Mountain Film Festival at the Garde on February 25th. On the same table there were pamphlets for spring programs at the Connecticut College Arboretum and activity place mats for Kaden Bart Rockett, a show coming to the Garde on February 8th.
When the time came for Steve Sigel to take the stage he thanked the sponsors and benefactors after welcoming everyone. After talking about the film Lady Bird coming to be with Greta Gerwig writing and directing insisting she does it by herself. The film came to be with the vision of Greta Gerwig on her own. After talking about her he began to speak about Lois Weber.
Giving a bit of Garde history he mentioned it was Lois Weber’s silent film The Marriage Clause that first premiered at the Garde over ninety one years ago. He mentioned the resurgence of Lois Weber came when local author Wally Lamb wrote about her and her epic work as a woman in the silent film era. After talking about how great her work is he mentioned there would be a short film about her before the movie called “Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber.”
After previews for upcoming films at the Garde Get Out on February 9th and The Florida Project on February 10th, the films, Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber and Lady Bird began. Both films were met with applause at the end. Laughter filled the cinema as the movie, Lady Bird, played on. When the film finished there were many talking about the film and asking questions about Lois Weber. The Garde Arts Center in New London, Connecticut brought to life two different stories about strong women in a way only the Garde can do.