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 $150,000 is an online fundraising goal and roughly half of the $275,000 needed to convert the Strand's 4 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 Strand

“The owners, Bob and Helen have taken a historic building in Old Forge and have made it a memorable vacation must-see movie theater. The theaters range in size but never fail to offer a homey atmosphere with great acoustics,” said a recent TripAdvisor’s reviewer.

When it comes to atmosphere few theatres can equal the Strand. Originally built in 1923, the Strand opened as a silent film theatre with a single screen and vaudeville house. Throughout its long history the Strand was a seasonal operation open during the summers only.

In November 1991 the Strand was purchased by Bob Card and Helen Zyma, who after much renovating, insulating and upgrading of the facilities turned it into a year round operation. In 2000 they added an annex expanding the theatre to include 4 screens, and slowly created an informal museum of artifacts drawn from the early history of the theatre.

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