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FOR THE LONGTIME RESIDENTS. WOULDN'T ALL THE HIP AND ARTISTIC PEOPLE LOVE A COOL CINEMA?

good afternoon all
i am wondering if beacon has ever had a cinema? does anyone know
i really think that a cool cinema like the alamo drafthouse in austin, tx, would be SO cool here, and i think that it could prosper over time...i believe that there are enough eclectic, artistic, and film afficionados in the hudson valley that a cinema like that would be successful
for anyone unfamiliar with the alamo drafthouse, google it and look for the types of films and exciting special events that happen there
i once went to a great event featuring the films of special effects master, tom savini...and robert rodriguez was also there
i would think that the proximity to the city would be extremely beneficial in attracting filmmakers, actors, and contributors
if austin, which is states away from the hubs of LA, NYC, London, Miami, etc., could prosper and serve as an example for fan-friendly, art loving, film crazy people, then Beacon could have a similar theater

just a thought

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Comment by Laura McShane on May 27, 2009 at 8:35am
i wonder if there is a grant or something that could fund a project like that...
Comment by Laura McShane on May 27, 2009 at 8:34am
well, who has the money to back the theatre???
Comment by Anthony Rosa on May 26, 2009 at 4:02pm
It's a no brainer. We should have a foreign/indi movie theatre in Beacon. Think of the nighlife. I would actually stop thinking of opening a gallery and do it. I think a movie theatre would be the all important business that others could draw off of. DIA is great, but it's not enough. I get depressed walking the dog on Main St.
Comment by The Little Brit on May 26, 2009 at 1:30pm
I think that opening a theatre here is a wonderful idea. I used to live in East Finchley, a suburb in north London. They have an independent cinema there called The Phoenix which people travel for miles around to visit and is still going strong, bucking every trend. I believe that this is the perfect business model for people looking to do something similar.
Comment by Toni Laich on May 26, 2009 at 12:40pm
I'm not a long-time Beacon resident, yet, but you are not the only person who has dreamed of opening a theater in Beacon. I believe that Beacon could be an ideal location for independent/art/foreign films. When I lived in central New York there are a theater in Manlius that brought some of the best movies. They had a tremendous draw even though the theater could be cold and wet at times. A good movie, a little popcorn ... who knows.
Comment by Bill Siebert on May 25, 2009 at 8:20pm
Come to think of it the theater next to the Yankee Clipper was active in the 90s. The first, and only movie I saw there was 1991 Steve Martin "Father of the Bride"
Comment by Anne Lynch on May 25, 2009 at 8:12pm
I am pretty sure the last movie I saw there was in 1968 and it was "The Odd Couple" Wow--41 years ago? How old AM I!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??
Comment by Anne Lynch on May 25, 2009 at 8:10pm
I went to the Beacon Theatre probably '65-68 maybe.
Comment by Bill Siebert on May 25, 2009 at 8:04pm
I think that Beacon Theater started life as an opera house. From the outside (as seen from the back porch of Zuzu's <-- free advertising) it looks like it has a fly.
Comment by Bill Siebert on May 25, 2009 at 8:01pm
Roosevelt Theater was across from the present day library. As a kid I was not allowed to go to the Roosevelt since they showed scary movies. Both Beacon and Roosevelt were open in the 50s and early 60s. Roosevelt closed first. I forget when Beacon went down, but was open in the late 60s, if I remember. One of the buildings in the row of empty office buildings next to the Yankee Clipper (thank you Urban Renewal) housed a theater in the 70s (I think) or maybe the early 80s. It had a short life, went to porn, and then closed.

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