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Week of March 26 to April 2, 2020

Park Theatre To Introduce Virtual Movie Theatre and Stream New Film Releases
New “theatre” opens Thursday

JAFFREY, New Hampshire (March 24, 2020) "Going out to the movies" is a century old event that is temporarily on hold due to the social distancing mandates put forward from the CDC as well as the state of New Hampshire.

However, first-run independent, foreign and documentary films will now be coming to your home thanks to a new streaming service that debuts from The Park Theatre on Thursday, March 26. The award-winning film selections will be part of the new performing arts center’s “Virtual Movie Theatre” service, a cinema without walls.

This idea is simple and it's an easy way to watch some great films and support The Park Theatre while local movie fans weather this together. The Park Theatre will be featuring selected films online that were planned to be released during March and April. The movies can be watched on any computer, tablet, smartphone as well as Roku, Apple TV and other streaming formats. Movie titles will come from multiple distributors including Film Movement and other independent film distributors.

For most films, the “ticket” price will be $12.00 per screening. You get up to three days to view the film (multiple times if you like). You pay online for your ticket.

The first two films will be new foreign film titles. In Screening Room #1 is Corpus Christi. Led by an impressive performance from Bartosz Bielenia, Corpus Christi thoughtfully and engagingly examines questions of faith and redemption. Oscar nominated for Best International Feature Film this year, the movie has received a coveted Fresh Rating of 98% from The film is in Polish with English subtitles.

Screening Room #2 will be showing a new film noir thriller from China/France, The Wild Goose Lake. Smart and stylish, the film blends B-movie thrills with bold filmmaking choices and thought-provoking social commentary. The film has received a 90% Fresh rating from and was a nominee for the Cannes Palme d’Or Award. The film is in Chinese with English subtitles.

These two titles will play for one week and new titles will be presented on Friday, April 3rd, and every subsequent Friday.

“Park Theatre and Monadnock movie fans are interested in new “art house” film offerings. We will be able to provide them with a nice sampling each week as they view them in the comfort of their own home. We thank innovative film distributors (Film Movement, Kino Lorber and others) for activating this unique, exclusive access to great new films. It is timely, appreciated and helps cinemas and performing arts cneters. 50% of each ticket goes to support The Park Theatre. It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Steve Jackson, CEO, Managing Director of The Park Theatre.

Go to for the “Virtual Movie Theatre” links and film information. Titles will also be featured on The Park Theatre’s Facebook page.

Audit Calls for Improved Oversight of Background Checks at Quinsigamond Community College’s Early Childhood Education Program

Boston, MA – In an audit released today, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump found Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) could not substantiate that required criminal background checks were performed on some students participating in its Early Childhood Education (ECE) program. Bump’s audit, which examined July 1, 2017 through March 31, 2019, notes that allowing these students to enroll in these courses without first performing background checks could pose a risk to children at the facilities involved in the ECE program.

During the audit period, QCC could not verify that 44 of the 259 students enrolled in ECE program courses had received Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks prior to participating in these courses. The audit also noted that 17 students who worked directly with children and were required to have fingerprint-based background checks had not received those checks before beginning the coursework and interaction with children. In its response, QCC indicated it was taking steps to resolve this issue.

“Higher education institutions, like Quinsigamond Community College, which offer early education training, must ensure students working with children are properly screened before entering the childcare facility. This is just not something parents should have to worry about when dropping their kids off for the day,” Bump said of the audit. “QCC must develop a better process to ensure every student in the ECE program receives necessary background checks. I commend QCC for taking this matter seriously.”

Additionally, the audit notes QCC’s Children’s School, which provides daycare services to QCC’s staff, faculty, and members of the community, was in compliance with the Department of Early Education and Care’s licensing requirements.

This past December, an audit of Bristol Community College’s ECE Program found similar issues related to criminal background checks not being performed regularly.

QCC is one of 15 public community colleges in Massachusetts. QCC offers the ECE program to prepare students for work in education and care or other child-related fields. The program involves traditional courses, as well as hands-on experience at weekly off-campus field placements and at QCC’s Children’s School.

The full audit report is available here (PDF).