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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New Membership Program Expands Benefits

Over the past 20 years the unwavering support of members has been essential for keeping the Crandell Theatre lights shining bright. Member support not only helped us survive but retain our vision during the Covid crisis. If we have learned anything during this difficult time, it is that the Crandell needs to increase membership/contributed income in addition to box office/concession revenue to sustain the theater and support film programs, including FilmColumbia. Beginning January 1, 2022, the board is introducing annual memberships, with benefits expanded and fully or mostly tax deductible. The most significant benefit is at the box office, where non-member, adult box office ticket prices have increased to $11, with member prices remaining at $8. At the $75 Individual membership level, you save $3 on one box office ticket to all regularly scheduled films and, at the $125 Dual…

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Crandell Theatre Presents Attica: Then & Now Free Screening and Discussion of the New Documentary, ATTICA

Crandell Theatre presents the riveting 2021 documentary Attica by Emmy® winning director Stanley Nelson and co-director Traci Curry, about the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility, on Sunday, January 30 at 1 p.m. followed by a post-film discussion. Panelists include Daniel L. Meyers, the attorney who litigated the “Attica Massacre” for over 25 years, his step-son Jared Reinmuth, an author and co-writer of the graphic memoir, Big Black: Stand at Attica, Jose Pineda III, the executive director of After Incarceration, a Hudson Valley-based restorative justice nonprofit project, and Laurie Scott, director of ReEntry Columbia. Attica was nominated for three Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards including Best Historical or Biographical Documentary, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Director. It was also named Official Selection at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. This free program is produced and created by the Crandell Theatre Board of Directors…

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SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Coming to the Crandell Theatre

Coming Soon: SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Opening night: Thursday, December 16. Playing through Sunday, January 2. For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse. “Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home has set all-time records in multiple markets for the first 24 hours, and has caused some ticketing websites to crash. We’ve heard tell of fans heading to local…

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FILMCOLUMBIA 21, OCTOBER 22-31, SHOWCASES NINE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF THE YEAR, INCLUDING THE WINNERS OF THE GRAND PRIZE AT SUNDANCE AND THE AUDIENCE AWARD AT SXSW

FILMCOLUMBIA 21, OCTOBER 22-31, SHOWCASES NINE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF THE YEAR, INCLUDING THE WINNERS OF THE GRAND PRIZE AT SUNDANCE AND THE AUDIENCE AWARD AT SXSW ALSO ON TAP ARE FOUR POST-SCREENING AUDIENCE Q&A’S WITH THE FILMMAKERS TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR CRANDELL THEATRE MEMBERS AND THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS WILL BE ENFORCED FOR ALL ATTENDEES AND FESTIVAL STAFF (Chatham, NY – October 12, 2021)—This year’s FilmColumbia 21, October 22-31, in Chatham, NY, will offer nine of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year, including Flee, the Sundance Grand Prize Winner for Documentary, and Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, which claimed the Documentary Audience Award at SXSW. The festival is presented by The Crandell Theatre, and the complete FilmColumbia 2021 lineup is available at https://crandelltheatre.org/filmcolumbia/. For…

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FilmColumbia 2021 Health Protocol 

Because our community’s safety is our highest priority and in recognition of growing concerns about the spread of COVID variants and breakthrough infections, FilmColumbia 2021 will need to be different. To bring you this year’s festival, the Crandell Theatre board of directors has adopted the following health protocol for the duration of the festival, October 22 through 31, 2021: Seating capacity reduced by 50 percent to provide for buffered seating. Tickets for each film (including the Sneak Peek) sold online with seats selected at the time of purchase. Remaining tickets for individual films available at the box office 30 minutes prior to screening. All-Film Passes not available. To enter the theater viewers need to show proof of full vaccination, along with a valid I.D. Crandell staff and volunteers required to be vaccinated. Masks required to be worn at all times…

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A message from FilmColumbia’s Managing Director, Calliope Nicholas

Hello to all of our FilmColumbia fans! After a year of anticipation, the Crandell Theatre board of directors and festival organizers enthusiastically announce that FilmColumbia will once again light the screen, October 22-31, 2021. The festival features the very best upcoming films from around the world. Because our community’s safety is our highest priority and in recognition of growing concerns about the spread of COVID variants and breakthrough infections, FilmColumbia 2021 will need to be different. To bring you this year’s festival, the Crandell Theatre board of directors has adopted the following health protocol: Seating capacity reduced by 50 percent to provide for buffered seating. Tickets for each film (including the Sneak Peek) sold online with seats selected at the time of purchase. Remaining tickets for individual films available at the box office 30 minutes prior to screening. All-Film Passes…

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