BOWDOINHAM — Long Branch School and General Store plans to launch a series of screenings and discussions of classic and contemporary films.

The films will be shown at 20 Main St. Admission is free, but donations will be graciously accepted.

“Join us for Saturday night movies at Long Branch,” a Long Branch release states. “We’ll be featuring both classic and contemporary shows with hosts Luke McFadden, Josephine Mussomeli, former owner of The Movies on Exchange Street in Portland, and John Favreau, former owner of the Eveningstar Cinema in Brunswick.”

The series kicks off at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 with “The Wizard of Oz.” The 1939 film, starring Judy Garland, “ is the first film that (Favreau) featured at the Eveningstar Cinema and the perennial alltime family classic,” the release states.

Those who attend are advised to come dressed in character for a chance to win a prize.

The series continues at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 with “The Help,” a 2011 film starring Emma Stone. One of Mussomeli’s favorites, “The Help” has generated significant Oscar buzz.

“ The Princess Bride,” a 1987 Ron Howard film starring Mandy Patinkin, will be screened at 6 p. m. Feb. 25. “Here is the classic and ultimate swashbuckling tale of true love,” the release states.

For information, contact John Favreau at 666-8900 or [email protected]

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