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"Hello, Bookstore" Screening

Hello BookstoreMadison Cinemas & RJ Julia Booksellers Present:

Hello, Bookstore


In the shadow of the pandemic, a small town rallies to protect a beloved local bookstore in its hour of need. A landmark in Lenox, Massachusetts, The Bookstore is a magical, beatnik gem thanks to its owner, Matt Tannenbaum, whose passion for stories runs deep. Presiding at The Bookstore for over forty years, Matt is a true bard of the Berkshires and his shop is the kind of place to get lost in. This intimate portrait of The Bookstore and the family at its heart offers a journey through good times, hard times and the stories hidden on the shelves.

One of Variety’s 10 Best Films of 2022 (So Far)

A.B. Zax’s documentary follows the life and fate of a beloved independent bookstore in Lenox, Massachusetts, and so you might expect it to be the sort of movie that expands into a larger statement about the cherished and precarious state of independent bookstores in the digital/corporate/chain-store era. It does, but only by implication. For 86 reverent minutes, the movie, without ever leaving the premises, simply peers into the nooks and crannies of one deceptively quiet bookstore — which is called, incidentally, The Bookstore — and traces the daily existence of its missionary owner-curator, Matthew Tannenbaum, a jaunty boomer who runs the place as if it were a library, a cocktail party, and a projection of his literary dreams. Can he raise the funds to save the store? Can the oasis of a community bookstore live on in the age of TikTok? Hello, Bookstore is the documentary as hang-out movie, yet by the end Tannenbaum has come to seem a vérité version of George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” — OG

Hello, Bookstore will play for ONE night only! Admission is $12.50 and a complimentary medium-sized popcorn will be available courtesy of RJ Julia Booksellers.



Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 7:00pm EDT
Event address: 
761 Boston Post Rd
Madison, CT 06443
SKU: supportevents
Minimum: $5.00