Starting Friday, June 29, at the Majestic Theater, Gettysburg, the new documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville ("Twenty Feet from Stardom") looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas.
While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. The New York Times raved the film is "One of the best films in theaters right now," and Rolling Stone calls it "Touching, timely and timeless."
For more than 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved PBS television program, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life's weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn't been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn't been since.
Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children's television host, in reality, Fred Rogers' career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society.
Show times are Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 4:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. (closed July 4).
Tickets ($8) can be purchased at gettysburgmajestic.org through Fandango, by calling 717-337-8200, or at the Box Office, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg.