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Harry Potter to kick off new IN-PERSON Film Series at The Smith

GENEVA, NY The Smith Center for the Arts, in partnership with Geneva Reads and the Geneva Public Library, is thrilled to announce a return to in-person movie watching with a new series called Read, Watch, Connect. Patrons of this series can watch the films on the Smith’s huge projection screen and then join the Public Library for a variety of FREE virtual programming including trivia competitions and take-and-make crafts. The fun starts with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on Friday, April 2nd at 7:00pm. This will be the Smith’s first in-person screening of 2021! To learn more and buy tickets, visit The Public Library will host a trivia competition for true Potterheads on Monday, April 5th

Perfect for young adult fiction and non-fiction readers, Read, Watch, Connect presents a slate of popular book-to-movie adaptations. Participants who attend both the Smith’s screening and the Library’s FREE virtual event will be entered into a drawing to win the book and a set of Smith movie passes. Books for the giveaway have been graciously donated by series sponsor, Geneva Reads. 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is about everyone’s favorite wizard, Harry Potter, as he discovers his magical heritage on his eleventh birthday. While the film focuses on his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry starts to piece together his unknown past, including uncovering the truth of his parents’ death and the dark forces that surround it. This film is rated PG and runs 2 hours, 39 minutes.

Our second film is Hidden Figures, an adaptation of Jack London’s book of the same name. The Smith-hosted screening will take place on Friday, April 9th at 7:00pm, and the Public Library will be hosting a take and make craft night along with a discussion on Monday, April 12th. Visit for more information. This film is rated PG and runs 1 hour, 4 minutes.

Other films in this new series will be:


  • The Hunger Games 
  • Love, Simon


Dates for these films will be announced at a later date. 

All tickets to these films are $10 for adults, $7 for students, and $5 for kids 12 and under. Because of COVID, all tickets must be purchased online at and seating is limited to 100 people. There will be no at-the-door sales. 

Read, Watch, Connect is part of The Smith’s ArtSmart Educational Performance Series, made possible by Lyons National Bank and FairGame. 

Want safe delivery of your popcorn and soda? Skip the line and head on over to to download the APP onto your smartphone and purchase contactless concessions items at Smith events. 

By purchasing tickets to Smith events, all ticket holders in a party agree to abide by The Smith Opera House’s COVID-19 policies. These policies include, but are not limited to: pre-assigned seating, wearing a face covering while at the venue, maintaining 6 feet physical distance between yourself and other patrons, and abiding by all signage posted at the venue. If you, or any member of your party, is feeling ill or has been in close contact with anyone with a known case of COVID-19, please stay home.

All films presented by the Smith Center for the Arts are sponsored by Bank of the Finger Lakes. 

The Smith Center for the Arts, stewards of the historic Smith Opera House, provides diverse arts and educational enrichment opportunities year-round for Finger Lakes residents and visitors. The Smith Opera House is at 82 Seneca St. in Geneva, NY. Due to COVID-19, our box office is only open by appointment. If you wish to leave a message for our staff, please email or call (315)781-5483 to leave a voicemail. For more information visit