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
UPDATE: We have reached our overall fundraising goal for this $95,000 project, (which is the cost of upgrading the theater's two screens to digital). This was accomplished through a mix of this online effort, and generous support from the Tupper Lake Arts Council, Gull Pond Association, the Belleville family, Stewart's Shops and hundreds of other supporters!
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 State
Sally Strasser, a former projectionist whose “day job” is working for the Disney Corporation in New York City, owns and operates the Adirondack State Theater with her family.
Opened as the Palace Theater in 1914 as a vaudeville/short silent film theater, it was one of the earliest theaters in the area. The Schine Theater circuit took over the “Palace” in the early 30's renaming it the State Theatre.
They renovated the theatre adding restrooms and sound as well as a new marquee with art deco look. Eventually closing in the 70's, the State was reopened in 1984 by a local volunteer effort.
Now managed by Sally and her family, they have twinned the theater, insulated the walls, added new film projection and sound, doors, seating and carpeting. The State is known for screening both first-run features as well as the works by independent filmmakers, especially local filmmakers.