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Not ready for some football?

Try catching a movie

Try catching a movie

February 04, 2007|by TAMELA BAKER

HAGERSTOWN - Super bored with the Super Bowl?

If you're not really ready for some football, you could find yourself feeling a little left out of today's national obsession.

While there's not much in the way of organized alternatives, you could catch a little culture with "Masterpiece Theatre" on the public TV stations. Or you could explore some other options.

In the mood to see an Oscar-nominated flick? Several are playing in area theaters - including "The Queen" and "The Departed" in Hagerstown, and "Letters from Iwo Jima" in Frederick, Md.

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Additionally, films that drew nods for their actors - such as "Notes on a Scandal," "The Last King of Scotland," "Dreamgirls" and "The Pursuit of Happyness" - are playing as well. You can even catch foreign language film nominee "Pan's Labyrinth."

One could, of course, do both. In addition to its film selection, Hagerstown 10 Cineplex on Leitersburg Pike is offering a tailgate party for $20 to $40 per person, depending on whether one wants alcohol. Inside, admission to watch the game on a 40-foot high-definition movie screen is free.

Or watch a movie from the comfort of your own home, if the TV is available. Sometimes Super Bowl Sunday can bring an upsurge in video rentals, said Sherry Minnick, manager of Boonsboro Videos.

"It can go either way," Minnick said. "Sometimes you see an increase ... if it is, it's usually for the women to watch while the guys are watching the game."

"It really depends on the person," added Chase Williams, assistant manager at Video Warehouse in Hagerstown. "We get a lot of that."

But in general, he predicted "business will probably be pretty slow - basically like a holiday."

He'll have at least one customer, though. Neither a Chicago Bears nor an Indianapolis Colts fan himself, Williams said, "I'll be one of the few guys who rent a movie."

But if you end up watching the game, but are a little antsy about the halftime show, the Hallmark Channel offers a wardrobe-malfunction-free special of its own, timed to coincide with the Super Bowl break.

"Whole Lotta Love - Full Contact Edition!", a half-hour "salute to the most heartfelt and timeless of Hallmark Cards and Hallmark Hall of Fame commercial spots," will pre-empt its "Little House on the Prairie" marathon as halftime begins, according to a Hallmark press release.

The program will be hosted by singer Engelbert Humperdinck and actress Barbara Niven, according to the release, but it doesn't say whether the Emmy-winning Hallmark commercial produced by former Washington County resident Scott Gardenhour will be included.

If football's really not your thing, you always can take in a concert - though they're a little hard to find today. But the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is offering a family concert this afternoon at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Most tickets are $12 to $15. "Bring on the Brass," which also features the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the Peabody Conservatory Trombone Choir and the Poly-Western High School Marching Band, begins at 2 p.m.

Which means if you hurry, you just might make it back to Hagerstown in time for kickoff.

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