Introducing Virtual Screening Room

The Crandell’s curtains will be drawn for the foreseeable future, but we’re still working to bring you some of the exciting programming that we’ve had on deck for you this spring. In partnership with some of our favorite distributors, we’re happy to announce the Crandell’s new Virtual Screening Room program. Purchase a ticket through one of the links offered on our website to watch world-class cinema in the comfort and safety of your own home — with 50% of the box office benefitting the continued operations of the Crandell Theatre. Your ticket allows you to screen the film for five days following your purchase, and you’ll be able to stream it on compatible streaming platforms, your mobile device or your web browser — please see our Virtual Screening Room FAQs for more full details. Our deepest thanks for your support during…

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Enjoy Kanopy at Home

We’re in this together. Even at a mandatory six foot distance, we’re bolstered by the thoughtfulness of this remarkable community – your strength and solidarity are so appreciated as we continue to weather these strange times. While we’re all cooped up inside together/apart, we thought it would be a good opportunity to remind our friends and neighbors about an amazing at-home film resource, available to all Columbia County residents. Last year, the Crandell Theatre joined forces with Columbia County Libraries to expand access to the film streaming platform Kanopy for all card-carrying library patrons – their catalogue of over 30,000 films is available to you now, all absolutely free to view via your computer, television, or mobile device. If you’ve got a library card for one of Columbia County’s eleven library branches, you can start watching now at www.columbiacountyny.kanopy.com. No card? Not a problem. Just sign…

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Coronavirus – COVID 19 – Special Update

The Crandell Theatre is working to ensure the safety of our members and patrons during the current Coronavirus threat. Our Executive Committee is adding defense and preparedness measures to our Emergency Action Plan. These measures are being developed consistent with local and state public health officials. While there is no immediate local threat, we are all aware of the probability that COVID-19 will continue to spread throughout New York State over the coming weeks. Our precautionary measures include the following: We are providing easy access to tissues in the theater for people to use to cover their mouths during coughing or sneezing. There will be plenty of handwashing soap in the bathrooms. Please wash your hands before eating and/or drinking. As all hand sanitizer brands are currently out of stock in stores, feel free to bring your own. We are…

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Oscar Nominated Parasite begins Friday, February 7

In this Best Picture nominated film, director Bong Joon Ho—also nominated—brings his work home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. Meet the Park Family, the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. When these two houses are brought together, the Kim children opportunistically install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks and make themselves indispensable. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ schemes, a savage battle breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. Screening times to follow.

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Crandell Supports Public Library Streaming Service

Columbia County Libraries, with the generous support of the Crandell Theatre, have expanded the Kanopy streaming service to all the library users in Columbia County. Watch classic films from The Criterion Collection, learn about every subject imaginable from The Great Courses and PBS, or indulge in festival, indie or world cinema sourced from award-winning filmmakers globally. Kanopy makes it easy to watch any time, to share and discuss films. Check out their FilmColumbia collection, which includes dozens of films previously screened at Chatham’s annual film festival. If you’ve used Kanopy previously through the Chatham Library, you will need to add a membership to the Columbia County Libraries, which you can do by logging into Kanopy through a desktop computer, and setting that membership as the default. For additional questions, or for assistance walking you through the steps, please contact the Chatham Public Library at…

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Chatham’s Big Screen Will Soon Have Little Sister

Excerpted from the September 28 edition of the Columbia Paper. The Village Planning Board met for a special meeting Monday, September 23 to review and approve the plans for a new single screen movie theater at 4 Depot Square, currently a vacant lot. The new building that will house the movie theater, faces the historic train station and sits next to the Herrington’s building supply store, will be built by Jack Shear and run by the Crandell Theatre. The Crandell, a 534 seat single screen movie theater at 48 Main Street, is owned by a not-for-profit organization. Read the entire article.

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20th Film Columbia Festival Program Schedule

FilmColumbia announces its 20th festival program schedule, October 18-27 with a lineup of more than 60 preeminent films, including this year’s winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Printed program guides will be available Friday, October 4 at the Crandell and in local shops and food establishments.

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James Schamus Honored at 20th FilmColumbia Festival

James Schamus, longtime key player in the independent filmmaking world, will be honored at the 2019 FilmColumbia festival, at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham, New York. On October 18–19, four of Schamus’ films will be shown, followed by a Q&A conducted by Peter Biskind, film historian, cultural critic, and festival director. Saturday evening, October 19th, Crandell Theatre benefactor, Jack Shear, will host the annual FilmColumbia Kick-Off Party at his home in Spencertown, NY, where Schamus will be recognized at a benefit supporting the festival and year-round Crandell programs. Previous FilmColumbia honorees have included director-producer-screenwriter James Ivory and award-winning actors Brian Cox and Frank Langella. Ivory and Cox have homes in Columbia County. Co-Chairs of the Kick-Off Party are Kristina Lang and Nicholas Haylett, both of Kinderhook. Order tickets by credit card and/or make a contribution. FilmColumbia, celebrating its 20th anniversary,…

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Crandell Theatre Board Member Judy Grunberg Dies

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Judy Grunberg, a beloved board member and benefactor of the Crandell. Judy’s generous gift helped save the Crandell in 2010, and she continued to be a major supporter of both the theatre and the community of Chatham throughout the rest of her life. Though she will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her, Judy’s legacy remains strong, not just here at the Crandell, but at the Blue Plate, ReWraps, PS21, and the many other local and area organizations that she loved and supported. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid!

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Times Union Article about Tales of Europe

European film series kicks off at Chatham’s Crandell Theater CHATHAM — A heavy metal-loving construction worker is fan hired to help build the world’s biggest statue of Christ — yes, bigger than Rio’s mountaintop mammoth — for a Polish village. He’s helping guide the giant Jesus head toward the statue’s neck. Suddenly, there’s a horrible accident. The young builder’s face is mutilated. Talented surgeons choose him to get Poland’s first face transplant. But the villagers’ reaction to his modern medical miracle is medieval. They think his transplant is against God’s will. Read the entire article.

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