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Opening Night - Double Feature -

The Automat (Horn & Hardart Movie)
- and -
The Gefilte Film

Monday, July 11 | 7 p.m.
***Coffee & Pie Bar***


The Automat - The history of the now-defunct Horn and Hardart chain of coin-operated Automat restaurants is detailed through historical material and interviews—often hysterically funny—with New Yorkers and Philadelphians who recall the golden age of automated dining. Interviewees include Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and more.
Running time – 79 minutes, English

The Gefilte Film - Each year the Hermelin family of Detroit comes together to celebrate Passover by eating gefilte fish. The signature dish becomes a lightning rod in which the Hermelins project their feelings about family, identity, tradition, struggle, loss-and as always, love.
Running time – 11 minutes, English

To Life!

Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen
Featuring in-person Q&A with actress
Neva Small (Chava)

Monday, July 18 | 7 p.m.


Fiddler's Journey to the Big Screen - Fifty years after the life-affirming tale of Tevye the milkman leaped from stage to screen, the beloved movie’s complete “making-of” odyssey is now told. Reimagining the Broadway hit into widescreen epic is visionary director Norman Jewison for whom the project proves deeply personal and transformative. Rare on-location footage and newly found stills put viewers in the director’s chair, while the filmmakers, key collaborators, and cast – including lead actor Topol, composer John Williams, and productions designer Robert F. Boyle – offer surprising production anecdotes. Narrated by Jeff Goldblum, this engrossing insider account captures the triumphs and trials of the creative process, and Fiddler’s unparalleled impact as a cultural force.


Neva Small is an American theatrical, film, and television actress and singer. She made her singing debut at the age of 10 with New York City Opera as Beverly Sills’ daughter. She made her Broadway debut the following year in Jule Styne’s musical Something More playing Barbara Cook’s daughter. She is best known for her portrayal of Chava, Tevye’s third daughter, in the 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof. Her signature role remains a classic. Neva has distinguished herself as a singer and actress in theaters and concert halls across America, on film, and on television.
Running time - 88 minutes, English

Closing Night

Greener Pastures

Monday, July 25 | 7 p.m.
***Israeli snack night***


Greener Pastures - Dov (75) a widower, lives in a nursing home where he feels like he's in jail. He dreams of buying back his old house and returning live there, but he has no money since losing his pension, and he blames the State. When he realizes that everyone in the nursing home consumes state-sponsored medical cannabis, he finds his way out. Not by smoking, but by selling cannabis, which he gets from the other tenants. When love, police, and the local mafia enter the picture, Dov finds himself at a crossroads where he must decide whether he would be willing to risk everything for what really matters to him.
Running time - 90 minutes, Hebrew

All movies will be shown at: Lourdes University Franciscan Theatre, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH

Cost per person
General Admission - $10 per film
Series Package - $25 all 3 dates
*** All pre-purchased tickets and passes will be available the day of each film

How to purchase your tickets
By Phone: 419-724-0351
By Email:
At the Door: on a first come, first served basis.
Seating is limited.

Snacks and beverages will be available at all screenings (unless otherwise noted).
This is included in your ticket price.

Free parking is available outside of the Lourdes University Franciscan Center.

Please contact Hallie Freed at 419-724-0362 or