Rocky Balboa Exhibit

During the month of September Bosler Memorial Library in Carlisle will screen all six Rocky movies and the movie "Creed." In conjunction with this movie series, an exhibit of authentic Rocky Balboa props and costumes from the collection of Ronald M. Vastola will be on display.

Michael Bupp, The Sentinel

You don’t need to run up a large flight of stairs or beat up a side of beef to get a feel for Rocky Balboa thanks to a new exhibit at the Bosler Memorial Library in Carlisle.

Every Monday and Thursday in September the library is offering free screenings of movies from the Rocky franchise.

All six Rocky films and the recently released film “Creed” will be shown during the month.

The screenings, which take place at 2 p.m. Mondays and at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, come complete with free popcorn to heighten the cinematic experience.

Along with showing the films, Bosler Memorial Library has memorabilia from the 2006 film “Rocky Balboa” out for display this month.

“We’ve been able to do some really neat displays lately, but this has been a time where have been able to bring a program that we do into a collaboration with a display that we were doing,” said Jeff Swope, executive director at the Bosler Memorial Library. “It’s a neat opportunity to do it because Rocky is such an entrenched part of our film history here in the U.S.”

The memorabilia, which was provided to the library by Ronald Vastola, includes call sheets, costumes and a black and yellow jacket emblazoned with the word “Rocky,” which was worn during the film’s climactic fight between Rocky Balboa and Mason Dixon.

“It’s really cool to have this display here,” Swope said. “It’s not something you frequently get to say ‘hey, we have stuff from a Rocky movie here in our library.’ It’s just so different from what a lot of times you end up having the opportunity to do. We’re really excited about it.”

The screenings are part of Movies at Bosler, a program that runs year-round and provides residents a free opportunity to enjoy a movie.

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