New Andy Griffith movie to debut


First Posted: 8/18/2009

The Downtown Cinema Theater in Mount Airy will be the first in North Carolina to host a screening of Andy Griffiths new movie, Play the Game.
The screening will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m., and admission will be $5 at the door. Proceeds from the screening will be used by the Surry Arts Council to assist with landscaping at the new Andy Griffith Museum.
Tanya Jones, executive director of the arts council, said she received the invitation yesterday from the films production company, Story Films.
It was totally out of the blue, Jones commented. Theyre allowing us to be the first screening, which is very exciting.
The independent film stars Griffith, Paul Campbell, Marla Sokoloff, Liz Sheridan and Doris Roberts. It was written, directed and produced by Marc Fienberg, who was inspired by his grandfathers own experience re-entering the dating world.
In the film, a young man, portrayed by Campbell, teaches his dating tricks to his grandfather, played by Griffith. In the end, Campbells character must teach his grandfather, Griffith, that the way to win the game of love is to not play games. The film is rated PG-13 for sexual content and language.
Downtown Cinema seats approximately 450 people, but Jones said she has no idea how many people to expect for the screening. She hopes a large number will turn out.
Its an interesting plot, and I think the community is interested in anything Andy does, Jones remarked. Were excited to be a part of it.
Play the Game is the first movie Griffith has acted in for a few years. Griffiths first movie, A Face in the Crowd, came out in 1958 and also premiered at the Downtown Cinema, formerly known as The Earle.
Play the Game will open nationwide on Aug. 28. Two more screenings will take place next week in North Carolina, one in Raleigh and one in Greensboro. The production company wanted the movie to make its statewide debut in Griffiths hometown.
Jones said, Andy Griffith is the reason were getting this privilege.
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