The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., is offering a free screening of “The Big Chill” (1983, USA) to its members Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. Any person who becomes a Strand Theatre member prior to this screening is invited to attend. Memberships will be available to purchase at the door.

The theater, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, became a nonprofit in January 2014 and is now operated by Friends of the Strand Theatre. Memberships, as well as grants, sponsorships and fundraising efforts, help pay the operating expenses for the wide range of cultural and educational programming the theater offers to the community.

“The Big Chill,” directed by Lawrence Kasdan, is a dramatic comedy about a group of seven former college friends who gather for a weekend reunion after the funeral of one of their friends. As the weekend unfolds, the friends catch up with each other, play the music of their youth (a best-selling soundtrack of Motown hits), reminisce, smoke marijuana and pair off with each other in unexpected combinations.

As they learn to deal with the truth about the loss of idealism in their lives and the sad demise of Alex (Kevin Costner, who only appears, sort of, under the opening credits), the friends find their bond still intact. The film stars Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, JoBeth Williams, William Hurt, Mary Kay Place and Meg Tilly in roles that launched some of their careers.

Strand Members should present their membership cards at the door for admission, plus free popcorn and a fountain drink. Friend and Fan levels receive one free admission; Supporter, Sustainer, Patron, Benefactor, Star and Superstar levels receive two admissions.

No regular admission tickets will be available for this show. For more information about the Strand Membership program, call 701-5053 or email For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or