A project of ADIRONDACK NORTH COUNTRY ASSOCIATION INC
Go Digital or Go Dark: Our small town theaters in the Adirondack North Country need to upgrade to digital or face closing
Please note: The $10,000 is an online fundraising goal and only a portion of the $40,000 needed to convert the theater. We are pursuing a variety of other funding opportunties such as state and corporate grants.
In many of our communities, independent theaters serve as our downtown anchors, where friends, families and visitors have laughed and cried, been scared out of their wits and touched by unforgettable scenes on the big screens.
For generations, these small-town theaters have provided a comfortable, affordable and friendly place for families, teenagers and folks of all ages to meet, and be entertained. The owners are often seen taking tickets, selling popcorn, greeting customers with a smile.
In six months or less, these familiar landmarks will be forced to shut down unless they can make the change from projecting printed film to digital.
Community groups, businesses and individuals across the region have stepped up to make sure our theaters don’t go dark. Please join the campaign to help save our theaters. Donations are tax deductible!
Jerry Aratare, then 82 years young, opened the Cinematheque, a 66-seat theatre in Glens Falls, in 2012.
Cinematheque was his newest, and by his count, his 14th movie theatre. Aratare’s love for showing motion pictures began back when he was 17 and first stepped into a projection booth. He has been screening movies ever since.
Like many movie aficionados his love of movies began young, in his case at age 9 when his father took him to see Alfred Hitchcock’s first film “Rebecca.” Aratare moved the Glens Falls in 1958 to be the projectionist for the Rialto and since then has worked for several different movie houses.
What Aratare enjoys most is being on a first name basis with his customers, he likes having that connection with others who love movies. To him that personal connection is what makes the independent theatres different than the big box theatres.
Note on the fundraising goal listed here:
The $20,000 online goal is part of the $60,000 total that Cinematheque needs. We will be looking to grants, loans and larger donations to make up the difference. Thanks for your support of this effort!