The Most Fun Movies and Film Festivals to Hit This Fall in the Hudson Valley

Did somebody say "Harry Potter Marathon?"



Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

Bannerman Castle

September 27

High jinks ensue when the titular duo meet the titular doctor (and his un-mentioned monster) in this frighteningly funny film.



Harry Potter Marathon

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville

September 7-October 26 (weekends)

Watch Harry, Hermione, and the gang grow up on film — and on the big screen — from their earliest adventures with The Sorcerer’s Stone to the two-part finale The Deathly Hallows.



Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville

September 11–17

The late Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami produced some of modern cinema’s most devastatingly humane works during his lifetime, depicting lost individuals who arrive at moments of decision without a clue how to proceed. To Love and Be Loved: 10 Films by Abbas Kiarostami will include rare shorts, documentaries, recently restored copies of The Koker Trilogy. as well as his masterpiece Taste of Cherry.



Met HD

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie

From October 12

The Metropolitan Opera’s ground- and wallet-breaking performances of Turandot, Madame Butterfly, Akhnaten, and more are streamed live for audiences around the country, who can enjoy them without the travel, expense, or black-tie hassle of actually making it to Lincoln Center.



National Theater Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Moviehouse, Millerton

October 17

Shakespeare’s immortal comedy of magic and romance is performed at London’s Bridge Theatre, with an immersive staging that builds off director Nicholas Hytner’s 2018 production of Julius Caesar, transforming the stage into a dream forest where anything marvelous and witty might occur.



photo by john mazlish


20th Annual Woodstock Film Festival


October 2–6

At 20, the WFF is as vibrant as ever, reflecting a film culture and a region producing more quality work than ever. Expect high-profile regional premieres, breakout shorts from unknowns, as well as plenty of revealing panel discussions.



photo courtesy of paramount theatre


Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill

October 31

Bring your rice, toast, and tights to this annual Halloween ritual, where fan-made reactions  dominate the film starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Meat Loaf in the campiest, draggiest horror musical you can catch.


Also showing on:

October 21: The Palace Theatre,

October 25–26: The Picture House Regional Film Center, Pelham,

October 26: Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale,


photo by michael altobello


20th Annual FilmColumbia

The Crandell Theatre, Chatham

October 18–27

Great films and insightful commentary come to Chatham for its annual art film festival.



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