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Athena Grand

1008 East State Street
Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: 740-593-8800
Overview
Tue-Thu Hours are 3:30pm - 10:30pm, Fri-Mon Hours, Holiday Hours and Summer Hours are 12:30pm - 10:30pm. Athena Grand shows current movies, National Theatre Live, Met Opera, Bolshoi Ballet. The Athena Grand is proud to announce our affiliation with NCM Fathom and SpectiCast Entertainment. NCM Fathom, their parent company, NCM Media Networks, links more than 15,000 digital screens in more than 170 markets coast to coast, delivering the best entertainment to movie theaters across America.
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Calendar of Events
The Metropolitan Opera: Idomeneo
Wed Mar 29

12:55pm.

Idomeneo is grand, mythic, potentially tragic and, above all, serious: deeply serious. It catches us by surprise.

Accompany the Metropolitan Opera on a journey back to Ancient Greece, to a land of gods and monsters, where love is almost always complicated by fate, envy or the supernatural and deals are made with vengeful deities as a matter of course.

Considered Mozarts first mature work, his score builds a swelling sound and colorscape as the wonderful libretto unwinds a fantastical tale of honor, love and triumph for the ages.

When King Idomeneo is lost at sea in the aftermath of the Trojan war, he makes an impassioned plea to Neptune to save him, and in return he promises to sacrifice the first living soul he sees on his rescue. But it is an opera, and that means the first person he sees is his son Idamante. Torn between paternal love and responsibility to the vengeful god, he seeks to find a way out of his bargain...with predictably disastrous results.

Cost: $18-24 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Samaritans Purse pres. Facing Darkness
Thu Mar 30

7:oopm.

Facing Darkness is a documentary.

In the spring of 2014, while the world stood by as Ebola consumed West Africa, one ministry stepped forward to provide aid and comfort. When two of their own medical personnel became infected with Ebola, Samaritans purse, led by Franklin Graham, sprang into action to attempt the impossible - transport and cure. With only faith and determination, this is the story of how a committed team moved mountains to make way for a miracle. Also included will be interviews with Franklin Graham and Dr. Kent Brantly updating what has occurred in Africa, Samaritans Purse and his life since the dramatic events of 2014.

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
North by Northwest 1959
Sun Apr 2

7:oopm.

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Ernest Lehman

Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
North by Northwest 1959
Wed Apr 5

7:oopm.

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Ernest Lehman

Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Bolshoi Ballet: A Hero of Our Time
Tue Apr 11

6:30pm.

Music: Ilya Demutsky

Choreography: Yuri Possokhov

Libretto: Kirill Serebrennikov

Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Pechorin, a young officer, embarks on a journey across the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, on a path set by his passionate encounters. Disillusioned and careless, he inflicts pain upon himself and the women around him…

-Give me everything, it is still not enough.- The story based on the larger-­than-­life hero Pechorin is adapted from Mikhail Lermontovs literary masterpiece in three separate stories recounting his heartbreaking betrayals. Is Pechorin a real hero? Or is he a man like any other? This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi.

Cost: $18 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Metropolitan Opera: Eugene Onegin
Sat Apr 22

12:55pm.

Tchaikovskys setting of Pushkins timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warners moving production, starring Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien and Peter Mattei sharing the title role. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.

Cost: $18-24 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Graduate 50th Anniversary
Sun Apr 23

7:oopm.

Starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross

One word: plastics. -Are you here for an affair- These lines and others became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion seeped into the California upper middle-class in Mike Nichols landmark hit. Mentally adrift the summer after graduating from college, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) would rather float in his parents pool than follow adult advice about his future. But the exhortation of family friend Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) to seize every possible opportunity inspires Ben to accept an offer of sex from icily feline Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). The affair and the pool are all well and good until Ben is pushed to go out with the Robinsons daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) and he falls in love with her. Mrs. Robinson sabotages the relationship and an understandably disgusted Elaine runs back to college. Determined not to let Elaine get away, Ben follows her to school and then disrupts her family-sanctioned wedding. None too happy about her pre-determined destiny, Elaine flees with Ben — but to what?

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Graduate 50th Anniversary
Wed Apr 26

7:oopm.

Starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross

One word: plastics. -Are you here for an affair- These lines and others became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion seeped into the California upper middle-class in Mike Nichols landmark hit. Mentally adrift the summer after graduating from college, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) would rather float in his parents pool than follow adult advice about his future. But the exhortation of family friend Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) to seize every possible opportunity inspires Ben to accept an offer of sex from icily feline Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). The affair and the pool are all well and good until Ben is pushed to go out with the Robinsons daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) and he falls in love with her. Mrs. Robinson sabotages the relationship and an understandably disgusted Elaine runs back to college. Determined not to let Elaine get away, Ben follows her to school and then disrupts her family-sanctioned wedding. None too happy about her pre-determined destiny, Elaine flees with Ben — but to what?

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Metropolitan Opera: Eugene Onegin
Wed Apr 26

6:30pm.

Tchaikovskys setting of Pushkins timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warners moving production, starring Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien and Peter Mattei sharing the title role. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.

Cost: $18-24 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
JONAH - On Stage
Tue May 2

7:oopm.

Fathom Events and Sight & Sound Theatres are partnering to present JONAH – On Stage, one of the biggest Bible stories ever told, as it springs to life on stage in jaw-dropping scale by an exceptional cast, spectacular special effects and live animals. This is not your average fish tale. One night only, Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017.

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenhavalier
Sat May 13

12:30pm.

The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Mets recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the operas subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.

Cost: $18-24 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenhavalier
Wed May 17

6:30pm.

The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Mets recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the operas subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.

Cost: $18-24 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Smokey and the Bandit 40th Anniversary
Sun May 21

7:oopm.

“Smokey,” aka Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), is the prospective father-in-law of unwilling bride Carrie (Sally Field). The Bandit (Burt Reynolds), a maverick racecar driver, makes an 80,000-dollar bet that he can transport a shipment of Coors beer from Texarkana, TX, to Atlanta within 28 hours. It’s important to note that in 1977, it was illegal to sell the Coors brand east of the Mississippi River without a permit; if we don’t note that, then the plot won’t make sense at times. Already in danger of arrest from redneck lawmen like Buford T. Justice, Bandit furthers his chances at a stiff jail term when he offers a ride to Carrie, who hopes to escape her unwanted wedding to Justice’s boy. The rest of the film is one long chase; not quite as subtle as a Road Runner/Coyote cartoon, not quite as restrained as a Three Stooges comedy. Universally panned by critics upon its first release, Smokey and the Bandit reportedly pulled in just under $126 million and led to two sequels.

Starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Smokey and the Bandit 40th Anniversary
Wed May 24

7:oopm.

“Smokey,” aka Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), is the prospective father-in-law of unwilling bride Carrie (Sally Field). The Bandit (Burt Reynolds), a maverick racecar driver, makes an 80,000-dollar bet that he can transport a shipment of Coors beer from Texarkana, TX, to Atlanta within 28 hours. It’s important to note that in 1977, it was illegal to sell the Coors brand east of the Mississippi River without a permit; if we don’t note that, then the plot won’t make sense at times. Already in danger of arrest from redneck lawmen like Buford T. Justice, Bandit furthers his chances at a stiff jail term when he offers a ride to Carrie, who hopes to escape her unwanted wedding to Justice’s boy. The rest of the film is one long chase; not quite as subtle as a Road Runner/Coyote cartoon, not quite as restrained as a Three Stooges comedy. Universally panned by critics upon its first release, Smokey and the Bandit reportedly pulled in just under $126 million and led to two sequels.

Starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Godfather - 1972
Sun Jun 4

7:00 pm.

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Writers: Mario Puzo (screenplay), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Godfather - 1972
Wed Jun 7

7:00 pm.

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Writers: Mario Puzo (screenplay), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Some Like It Hot - 1959
Sun Jun 11

7:00 pm.

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder

Writers: Billy Wilder (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay)

Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Some Like It Hot - 1959
Wed Jun 14

7:00 pm.

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder

Writers: Billy Wilder (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay)

Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Fast Times at Ridgemont High - 1982
Sun Jul 30

7:00 pm.

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n roll.

Director: Amy Heckerling

Writers: Cameron Crowe (screenplay), Cameron Crowe (book)

Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Fast Times at Ridgemont High - 1982
Wed Aug 2

7:00 pm.

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n roll.

Director: Amy Heckerling

Writers: Cameron Crowe (screenplay), Cameron Crowe (book)

Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Bonnie and Clyde 50th Anniversary
Sun Aug 13

7:00 pm.

Producer/star Warren Beatty had to convince Warner Bros. to finance this film, which went on to become the studios second-highest grosser. It also caused major controversy by redefining violence in cinema and casting its criminal protagonists as sympathetic anti-heroes. Based loosely on the true exploits of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker during the 1930s, the film begins as Clyde (Beatty) tries to steal the car of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway)s mother. Bonnie is excited by Clydes outlaw demeanor, and he further stimulates her by robbing a store in her presence. Clyde steals a car, with Bonnie in tow, and their legendary crime spree begins. The two move from town to town, pulling off small heists, until they join up with Clydes brother Buck (Gene Hackman), his shrill wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and a slow-witted gas station attendant named C.W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard). The new gang robs a bank and Clyde is soon painted in the press as a Depression-era Robin Hood when he allows one bank customer to hold onto his money.

Its portrayal of Bonnie and Clyde as rebels who empathized with the poor working folks of the 1930s struck a chord with the counterculture of the 1960s and helped generate a new, young audience for American movies that carried over into Hollywoods renewal of the 1970s. Its combination of sex and violence with dynamic stars, social relevance, a traditional Hollywood genre, and an appeal to hip young audiences set the pace for many American movies to come.

Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Bonnie and Clyde 50th Anniversary
Wed Aug 16

7:00 pm.

Producer/star Warren Beatty had to convince Warner Bros. to finance this film, which went on to become the studios second-highest grosser. It also caused major controversy by redefining violence in cinema and casting its criminal protagonists as sympathetic anti-heroes. Based loosely on the true exploits of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker during the 1930s, the film begins as Clyde (Beatty) tries to steal the car of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway)s mother. Bonnie is excited by Clydes outlaw demeanor, and he further stimulates her by robbing a store in her presence. Clyde steals a car, with Bonnie in tow, and their legendary crime spree begins. The two move from town to town, pulling off small heists, until they join up with Clydes brother Buck (Gene Hackman), his shrill wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and a slow-witted gas station attendant named C.W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard). The new gang robs a bank and Clyde is soon painted in the press as a Depression-era Robin Hood when he allows one bank customer to hold onto his money.

Its portrayal of Bonnie and Clyde as rebels who empathized with the poor working folks of the 1930s struck a chord with the counterculture of the 1960s and helped generate a new, young audience for American movies that carried over into Hollywoods renewal of the 1970s. Its combination of sex and violence with dynamic stars, social relevance, a traditional Hollywood genre, and an appeal to hip young audiences set the pace for many American movies to come.

Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial - 1982
Sun Sep 17

7:00 pm.

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Melissa Mathison

Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial - 1982
Wed Sep 20

7:00 pm.

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Melissa Mathison

Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Princess Bride 30th Anniversary
Sun Oct 15

7:00 pm.

While home sick in bed, a young boys grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

Director: Rob Reiner

Writers: William Goldman (book), William Goldman (screenplay)

Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Princess Bride 30th Anniversary
Wed Oct 18

7:00 pm.

While home sick in bed, a young boys grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

Director: Rob Reiner

Writers: William Goldman (book), William Goldman (screenplay)

Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Casablanca 75th Anniversary
Sun Nov 12

7:00 pm.

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Director: Michael Curtiz

Writers: Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Philip G. Epstein (screenplay)

Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Casablanca 75th Anniversary
Wed Nov 15

7:00 pm.

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Director: Michael Curtiz

Writers: Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Philip G. Epstein (screenplay)

Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 50th Anniversary
Sun Dec 10

7:00 pm.

A couples attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé.

Director: Stanley Kramer

Writer: William Rose

Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 50th Anniversary
Wed Dec 13

7:00 pm.

A couples attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé.

Director: Stanley Kramer

Writer: William Rose

Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn

Cost: $12.50 per person

Contact: Athena Grand, Phone: 740-593-8800

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
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