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The Real Mayberry 

When: Mon., June 19, 7:30 p.m. 2017
Price: $9-$15

The mythical television town of Mayberry, a peaceful, folksy burg presided over by the amiable, homily-dropping Sheriff Andy Taylor, was based on Mount Airy, in Surry County, N.C., the hometown of Andy Griffith. It's also the hometown of Bill Hayes, the producer-director of this documentary about Mount Airy and its residents, both past and present. While Mayberry was almost always a picture of law and order, redolent of small-town charms and peopled by (mostly) charming eccentrics, the reality for its model is far more complex. The roiling U.S. economy has taken its toll in the past decade; manufacturing jobs have been lost and many among its millennial population see pulling up roots as the only option. But the film also captures the ways in which the townspeople are employing the old-fashioned yet never dated notion of mutual cooperation to help Mount Airy regain its vitality. —David Klein

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