The Paramount Arts Center will show To Kill a Mockingbird on the big screen Sunday, February 26 at 3:00 pm. The movie is rated PG and is free to the public. This event is part of The Paramount Art Center’s Big Read Grant that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by Arts Midwest. The Paramount was one of 75 organizations in the United States to receive a grant for 2017. A list of classic and contemporary works of fiction is provided and the organization provides activities throughout a chosen month to promote reading and to reach those who may normally not read for fun.
The Paramount partnered with the Boyd County Public Library, Ashland Youth Ballet, The Greenup County Extension Arts Council and a large number of public schools.
The 1962 film, based on the novel by Harper Lee follows the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South who defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. It has become a staple novel for schools to read and over 1400 students from over 25 middle and high schools attended the play earlier this month produced by the Paramount Players.
The movie features Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and introduced Mary Badham as Scout. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Gregory Peck won Best Actor for his portrayal of Atticus Finch and Mary Badham was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Scout.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports the Paramount Arts Center with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Support is also provided by the Paramount Woman’s Association and private donations.