CRANDELL THEATRE PRESENTS TWO DOCUMENTARIES WITH LOCAL SUBJECTS THIS JUNE

Crandell Theatre, Columbia County’s oldest and largest movie house in Chatham, New York, screens critically acclaimed commercial films, classic movies, and arthouse independents in a variety of genres. This June, the Crandell will screen two distinct documentaries each featuring local subjects: The Automat and Hello, Bookstore. Each screening will be followed by post-film Q&A with community members, film subjects, and in the case of Hello, Bookstore, the filmmaker. The Automat, playing Sunday, June 5, at 1 pm tells the 100-year story of iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, where generations of Americans enjoyed coffee and meals at communal tables. The documentary features interviews with Spencertown resident Steve Stollman, an architectural dealer who bought, sold, and restored antique commercial wood bar fixtures. His work led to the preservation of original Automat equipment and provision to exhibitions at the New York Public…

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Changes to Health & Safety Guidelines

Effective March 31, Crandell Theatre patrons will no longer need proof of vaccination in order to attend screenings. Masks are recommended but not required.  However buffered seating remains in effect to ensure that every patron or party will have ample space around them. (With the Crandell’s 534 seat auditorium and balcony, there is ample space to spread out.)   We will continue to monitor the situation in Columbia County closely and make any adjustments accordingly. Your safety is our highest priority. Please do your part as well! We ask that guests refrain from entering the Crandell if they are experiencing any COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.

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Dateline: Berlin

Dateline: Berlin The Berlin International Film Festival, known as the Berlinale, is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors. Every February around 400 films of all genres, lengths and formats are shown in cinemas all over the sprawling city. Founded in 1951 as a showcase for the “films of the free world” in a “free” city then surrounded by a Communist nation, the Berlinale still maintains a political emphasis even after German reunification. It does not shy away from controversy, and Berlin audiences, committed to their festival, expect to be provoked, disturbed and, perhaps, even entertained by the films shown. One of the films that spoke to me most is from a new German filmmaker, Maggie Peren. The Forger tells the extraordinary true story of an amiable young man, a Jew, who survived the Third…

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Crandell Theatre Presents The Area Premiere of GardenFit

March 27, 2022

VIEW TRAILER HERE: GardenFit 60 GardenFit is presented for public television by The WNET Group and distributed by American Public Television. With the gardening season just around the corner, Crandell Theatre presents the area premiere of GardenFit, a new 13-episode public television series highlighting garden styles and techniques, while providing advice and solutions for gardeners’ aches and pains. Columbia County residents, creators, and co-hosts of GardenFit, Expert Gardener Madeline Hooper and Fitness Trainer Jeff Hughes will introduce two 30-minutes episodes and conduct a question and answer session. The event will be held on SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2022, 1 PM. Refreshments follow the program. Admission is $10/person, Crandell Theatre Members admitted at no charge. Memberships may be purchased at the theater prior to the program. Online reservations are required along with proof of vaccination and masks. Memberships may be purchased online or…

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Celebrate the Life of Fred Ulrich on Saturday, March 19 at 11 am

Please join us to celebrate the life of Fred Ulrich (March 15, 1976 – October 14, 2021) on Saturday, March 19 at 11 am. Fred was a big fan of the Crandell Theatre, a long-time board member and former Crandell Board president. He died in October after  living with brain cancer for five years. We hope to celebrate his wonderful life with family, friends and community members at this free event. For more on Fred, see his obituary at www.columbiapaper.com/2021/11/obituaries-ulrich-bates/ Fred loved movies and asked that  a free movie be shown as part of the celebration of his life.  He wanted the film to be one of his favorites,  A Fish Called Wanda so that people could have a “good laugh.” A free community screening will follow the service at 1 pm.  Separate reservations must be made to attend the…

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