For the past ten years, the Woodstock International Film Festival has offered a little bit of big-screen warmth during the cold winter month of January. The classic McHenry County theatre showcases a batch of independent and foreign films for one week at the beginning of the year, usually featuring some of the current year’s Oscar-nominated foreign flicks. However, Classic Cinemas announced today that the 2013 iteration of the festival will be postponed until the month of September.
In the fall of last year, the Woodstock Theatre began a construction project to add screens and renovate its original, classic auditorium. Part of the building was demolished, leaving the theater with only two of its previous four screens. Due to the limited number of screening options, Classic Cinemas decided to push the dates of the festival. The theatre’s project is expected to conclude this summer, giving festival attendees the opportunity to experience all the new facilities will have to offer.
The 11th Woodstock International Film Festival now has a tentative schedule of September 18-22. Classic Cinemas, who owns and operates the Woodstock Theatre, will announce the film selections and schedule in upcoming months. In past years, the Festival has featured film entries from such countries as Denmark, Algeria and France. Such films aren’t usually as accessible in rural and suburban areas as they are in the bigger cities, so the Festival has been a beacon for local moviegoers looking for something other than the mainstream fare.