In recognition of National Literacy Month, the Rome Capitol Theatre, 220 W. Dominick St., will present a program for children featuring the movie, “Matilda,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.
The event is sponsored by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which was established to help people of all ages pursue their educational goals.
Youth are invited Saturday to participate in a volunteer-led story time in the Capitol’s upstairs mezzanine. Then, the Rome Art Association will assist children with a fun craft related to the book. A representative from the new local business Keaton & Lloyd Bookshop will also be present with locally-written children’s books available for purchase.
Following these activities, at 2:30 p.m., the Capitol will present the beloved 1996 movie, “Matilda.” Based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl, the movie follows a book-loving young girl who is misunderstood by her family. She also must cope with a cruel principal at her school. But when Matilda discovers she has telekinetic powers, she uses them to stick up for herself and her friends.
“Matilda” is rated PG and runs 102 minutes.
Admission is $7; $6 for seniors, students, and military/veterans; $5 for Capitol “Friends,” and free for children ages 12 and under. Individuals who have not received a COVID vaccine must wear masks at all times during the event. Those who have been vaccinated may remove masks when seated for the show.