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Considerations on Re-Opening the Crandell

Dear Friends: As a result of the pandemic, the Crandell has been closed since March. During that time, our staff and board have been so grateful for the support of our members and friends. Although the Crandell screen may be dark, we have been busy all the while. We have developed schematic drawings toward the long-desired renovation of our beloved theater. We used our PPP grant to do a cleanup of the theater. Our newly-created Community Programming Committee has presented two well-attended, well-received programs thus far: one about the food chain, and our Farm Film Festival. Each week, we offer several films for home viewing on various streaming platforms. And, through our collaboration with local libraries and Kanopy, 30,000 films are available for free. This week, the Governor allowed movie theaters to re-open, at up to 25% capacity. As we…

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Behind the Screen: FilmColumbia

In the latest Behind The Screen — a peek behind the Crandell’s velvet curtain — FilmColumbia managing director Calliope Nicholas discusses our signature annual event. FilmColumbia celebrated its 20th anniversary last fall with thousands of film lovers attending. How the world has changed since then! All of us involved with the Crandell Theatre & FilmColumbia have been grappling with next steps throughout the pandemic and closely following the film industry in its latest evolutions. FilmColumbia was created in 1999 to a humble start of a few films over a weekend. In 2000, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon gave our audiences an early screening before going on to win the Oscar for best foreign film. At that time the 35mm projector was the only format available, with large film canisters delivered daily to the theater. It was a fascinating process to watch…

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Behind the Screen: Understanding the Financials

In the latest Behind The Screen — a peek behind the Crandell’s velvet curtain — the Crandell’s Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee Viki Sand follows the money. “I really don’t understand the numbers.” “I certainly wouldn’t want to be treasurer. I’m not good with numbers.” These remarks are often made by those associated with not-for-profit organizations. At the Crandell we have another view. We want everyone to understand the numbers and have confidence in the care with which their contributions are managed and how financial information is used to make decisions. Our goal is that information be accurate, timely, and readable. For the past several years the Crandell has shown a cash surplus at the end of each fiscal year. This has been possible through a combination of earned revenue from weekly box office receipts, concessions, and slide…

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