Chat­tanooga Film Fes­ti­val part­ners with WTCI to host “PBS at the Palace” se­ries

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WTCI is pleased to an­nounce a part­ner­ship with the Chat­tanooga Film Fes­ti­val to present a free monthly film screen­ing se­ries.

Be­gin­ning on Sept. 14, WTCI will host these screen­ings on the 2nd Thurs­day of each month, invit­ing the pub­lic to en­joy the wide va­ri­ety of pro­gram­ming pro­vided by WTCI, the Ten­nessee Val­ley’s com­mu­nity PBS sta­tion.

Spon­sored by the Ten­nessee Val­ley Fed­eral Credit Union and Brody Jew­el­ers, “PBS at the Palace” will pre­miere on Thurs­day, Sept. 14 at the Palace Pic­ture House in the To­mor­row Build­ing at 818 Ge­or­gia Ave. in down­town Chat­tanooga.

The de­but event will fea­ture the sea­son pre­miere of an ex­cit­ing “Mas­ter­piece” drama fol­lowed by a 20-minute preview of the muchawaited “Viet­nam” se­ries from the leg­endary film­maker Ken Burns.

The Palace Pic­ture House will open con­ces­sions at 6 p.m. for each screen­ing with beer, wine and snacks avail­able for pur­chase dur­ing a mixer be­fore the 7 p.m. fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tion in the unique, re­stored space.

“To us there are few things as magic and sa­cred as the ex­pe­ri­ence of watch­ing a great film or piece of pro­gram­ming with an equally great au­di­ence. This is how films re­ally come alive, and why we think movie-go­ing is a tra­di­tion like PBS— worth fight­ing for and pre­serv­ing.” said Chris Dortch, Palace Pic­ture House direc­tor. “We are thrilled with this op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with WTCI to of­fer Chat­tanoogans these qual­ity ex­pe­ri­ences.” The screen is nine feet tall and 16 feet wide in this beau­ti­ful­lyre­stored film house, an ideal set­ting for WTCI’s mem­bers and guests to en­joy their fa­vorite pro­grams from PBS and be­yond, cel­e­brat­ing pub­lic me­dia and its vi­tal role in pro­vid­ing qual­ity, trusted pro­gram­ming that ed­u­cates, en­gages and in­spires a life­time of learn­ing and ex­plo­ration.

Com­mu­nity PBS sta­tions like WTCI rely on sup­port from mem­bers for over 50% of annual op­er­at­ing bud­gets. WTCI Pass­port mem­bers, sus­tain­ing mem­bers who con­trib­ute small monthly amounts, re­ceive on­line ac­cess to lo­cal and na­tional PBS pro­gram­ming, sub­scrip­tions to the bi­monthly VIEWFINDER pro­gram guide and to the Chat­tanooga Mag­a­zine. This new event se­ries of­fers WTCI the op­por­tu­nity to re­ward these vi­tal donors with another mem­ber ben­e­fit, pri­or­ity reser­va­tion and seat­ing at this ex­cit­ing new com­mu­nity event se­ries.

Mem­bers of WTCI can reg­is­ter for the de­but screen­ing on­line (https://www. eventbrite.com/e/pb­sat-the-palace-pre­sentsspe­cial-mas­ter­piece­sea­son-pre­miere­viet­nam-pre­viewtick­ets-34824756785) and peo­ple in­ter­ested in mem­ber­ship and mem­ber ben­e­fits can con­tact Direc­tor of Donor Ser­vices, Lisa McDowd, at 423-702-7819 or lm­c­dowd@wt­ciTV. org. Richard John­son, Vice Pres­i­dent of Devel­op­ment at WTCI, says “Our mem­bers are at the heart of the sta­tion’s mis­sion and this op­por­tu­nity to add an event se­ries to our ben­e­fits is ex­cit­ing. We’re look­ing for­ward to shar­ing great ex­pe­ri­ences with Chat­tanooga and our part­ners at the Palace Pic­ture House.”

WTCI, the Greater Chat­tanooga Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion Cor­po­ra­tion, serves over 1.4 mil­lion view­ers in a 35-county re­gion, pro­vid­ing ac­cess to qual­ity, trusted pro­gram­ming, com­mu­nity out­reach and ed­u­ca­tional re­sources, in­clud­ing an all-new 24/7 PBS KIDS chan­nel and CRE­ATE, a chan­nel ded­i­cated to how-to pro­gram­ming. For more in­for­ma­tion about pro­gram­ming, mem­ber ser­vices and events visit wt­ciTV.org.

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