Virtual Cinema: BALLOON



A thriller-like true story of one of the most spectacular escapes of the 20th Century. 

In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families—who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years—try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day…
Directed by Michael Bully Herbig
Germany | 2019 | 2h 6m
In German with English subtitles


Buy a ticket for a digital screening of BALLOON

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In partnership with DISTRIB FILMS, from Tuesday, March 31 – Monday, April 5, you’ll be able to purchase a digital screening of BALLOON for $10, after which you’ll have 72 hours to watch the film at home, in a “virtual screening room” created just for Strand Theatre patrons.

With each ticket purchased for a BALLOON screening during this period you’ll provide much-needed support to both the Strand and DISTRIB FILMS—who will evenly share the revenue.

  • To take advantage of this screening option, you will follow this link to DISTRIB FILMS’ site. You will first need to register on this site with your own personal login details (you will not have access through an existing Strand account). It’s very easy! You will enter your name and email address and set a password.
  • Please note that helpful tips and FAQs for that site are located at their HELP link at the bottom of the page. For any questions regarding streaming, device, connection, or payment issues, you will need to reference that link and reach out directly to that site’s customer support.



Show Dates & Times:

3/31/20 - Tuesday

(All day),

4/1/20 - Wednesday

(All day),

4/2/20 - Thursday

(All day),

4/3/20 - Friday

(All day),

4/4/20 - Saturday

(All day),

4/5/20 - Sunday

(All day),

4/6/20 - Monday

(All day),
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