Born in a Ballroom

Date(s) - Saturday, March 7, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Lascaux Micro-Theater

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We are pleased to bring you the new documentary, set in Helvetia, West Virginia: Born in a Ballroom Check out the trailer here:

The filmmakers are planning to be in attendance for a Q&A session on 2/14 and 2/15, and possibly other screenings, so please send us your reservations!

BORN IN A BALLROOM explores the relationship between the Hütte Restaurant, its founder, Eleanor Mailloux, and the rural Appalachian village she called home, Helvetia, West Virginia.

The night of Eleanor’s birth on March 29, 1917, the small log cabin her parents owned caught fire. Her mother ran to the plantation home nearby to give birth to little Eleanor on the ballroom floor. Entering this world with gusto, Eleanor often lamented, “I was born in a ballroom, and I’ve been dancing ever since.”

Eleanor went on to teach, work for the Red Cross, travel the world, raise a family of five, and co-found The Hütte Restaurant in her rural hometown of Helvetia, WV. The Hütte reflects Eleanor and Helvetia’s heritage through its food, decor, and culture. As we explore this exceptional woman and place, we discover, now forty years later, how one woman embraced a community through food and perhaps a dance or two.

Many of us hold fond memories of visiting The Hütte and savoring the charm of Helvetia that Eleanor cultivated so well. This film proves that the remarkable history and traditions of Helvetia WV are being carried on by the next generation. Let us all plan to revisit Helvetia sometime soon to celebrate!

Reservations can be emailed to or left at the theater hotline (304-473-1818).

As usual, ¾ Café will be open for dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings (5PM-10PM), and Sunday brunch (10AM-2PM).