Prime Time keeps seniors active with classic film

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By Zach Robertson
Entirely East Lansing

Some of East Lansing’s eldest gathered at Hannah Community Center to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, “The Birds.” Movie screenings are one of 225 activities hosted by the Prime Time Seniors Program year round.

Prime Time Director Kelly Arndt said films are just one way to keep seniors involved.

“I think part of movie viewings is social,” said Arndt. “Sitting at home watching something doesn’t have any interaction, but coming here and watching a movie with friends and discussing it after is something special.”

Over the past six years, Len Peterson has worked with Prime Time to select each film. Screenings are posted in the Prime Time newsletter.

Peterson said, “We used to do movies that featured senior themes, but after about three years people would start saying ‘we’re tired of looking at movies about old people. Now we only feature classics. Well, except we’ve screened “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” a few times because it’s just so darn good.”

After each movie, Peterson passes out copies of the New York Times review and engages attendees in discussions of the film.

This winter, attendees will be going across the Atlantic with movies made in Europe featuring the likes of “Roman Holiday” and “To Catch A Thief.” Peterson has the next six months with the program lined up.

When it comes to servicing East Lansing seniors, Arndt said Prime Time’s goal is simple.

“It’s all about connecting and having somewhere to go and something to do,” said Arndt. “It’s about keeping you engaged.”

Screening dates and times can be found on the city calendar. Tickets are $1 for members and $2 for visitors. Information regarding other Prime Time events can be found online.

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