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 $40,000 is an online fundraising goal and only a portion of the $90,000 needed to convert the Hollywood's 2 screens. 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.
All donations are tax deductible!
About The Hollywood
The Hollywood Theatre was built in the 1930’s to entertain a growing population of miners, loggers and pulp mill workers. Built in the classic Art Deco style, the Hollywood originally opened with one screen seating about 300.
During the recession of the 1970’s and consequent closing of the J.J. Rogers Mill, it too, closed its doors, becoming a furniture and carpet store, a luge factory and a recycling center though remaining empty most of that time.
In 2006, Cory Hanf and Sierra Serino bought the building, which by that time had no marquee, suffered considerable water damage and had had all its seats and equipment removed. But with the help of friends, family and community volunteers, they renovated the building, divided the theatre into a twin-plex with 98 seats each, and re-opened the doors in 2007.
Since then it has become an important attraction and asset for the locals who previously had to drive over 20 miles to see a movie, and its customers have become a valuable mainstay of the village’s restaurants, delis and tavern.