Crandell Theatre Announces $3 Million Fundraising Plan for Renovation and Endowment

The Crandell Theatre board of directors in Chatham, New York, announced today that it has raised $2 million of its $3 million Capital Campaign to renovate the theater and establish an endowment to sustain the theater well into the future. One million dollars has been raised towards the renovation cost of $2 million, and an initial pledge of $1 million has been received for the endowment. The theater renovation will include upgrading the audio system, expansion of the lobby and concession area, additional modernized restrooms, replacement of seats, and creation of functional staff workspace and storage. The Crandell is currently closed because of the pandemic. The board anticipates reopening the Crandell in summer 2021 (based upon state health guidelines and financial feasibility) and producing the FilmColumbia Festival in the fall. Depending upon the progress of the fundraising campaign, construction is…

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In Our Backyard: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Crandell Theatre Presents Virtual Community Event  In Our Backyard: Neighbors Helping NeighborsThursday, February 18th at 4pm Join us for “In Our Backyard – Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” an interactive conversation focused on how our community has been responding to new challenges presented by the pandemic. The program is presented with generous support from MetzWood Insurance. Led by Mayor of Hudson Kamal Johnson and featuring prominent community members as panelists, this one-hour Zoom program will address three areas of particular local concern – mental health, physical health, and food vulnerability. The event will take place on Thursday, February 18th at 4 pm via Zoom. Admission to the one-hour program is free and open to all. The goals are to raise awareness for the positive work happening throughout Columbia County, highlight creative solutions, and inform community members about opportunities to serve. In order…

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FilmColumbia named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World

Chatham, NY Aug. 10, 2020 In a very strange year for film festivals, and everyone, FilmColumbia was named Monday to MovieMaker Magazine‘s annual list of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. To compile the list, MovieMaker‘s panelists scanned the globe looking for events with forward-thinking programming, unique locations, and well-executed events. “Obviously a lot of New Yorkers are now discovering the beautiful small communities just a short drive from New York City, and we think they’ll be delighted to learn more about FilmColumbia, a fest that blends a gorgeous location, local color (both people and leaves) and Oscar-calibre films, lovingly programmed by a revered team with exquisite taste,” said Tim Molloy, editor-in-chief of MovieMaker. “These festivals made many sacrifices for the greater good this year because of COVID-19, from postponements to pivots online. But the stellar reputations they’ve built for being…

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Crandell Theatre Elects New President at Annual Meeting

The Crandell Theatre’s Board of Directors elected a new president and other officers at their annual meeting on January 27. Lydia Kukoff, elected as President, will take over for Fred Ulrich, who steps down from that role after five years but remains on the board. Other officers elected by the board include Sara McWilliams as Vice President for Theater Operations; Peter Biskind as Vice President for Programming; Lael Locke as Secretary; and Viki Sand as Treasurer. A member of the Crandell Theatre board since January 2016, Lydia Kukoff is past president and a founder of The Chatham Synagogue-Netivot Torah. Author of Choosing Judaism, she created the Reform Movement’s Outreach program, the first national program for intermarried couples and Jews-by-Choice. She has served on various boards including the Spencertown Academy Arts Center, where she cochaired the Hidden Gardens tour for three…

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Purchase your movie tickets online

Crandell Theatre is now accepting payments for movie tickets both at the box office and online. Select your movie from any of the ones listed on the Crandell Theatre website, click “Buy Tickets.” enter the information requested, and print out your ticket receipt.  Saving paper? You can also show your ticket receipt to box office staff on your smart phone!  All major credit cards are accepted:  American Express, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover.

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Press Release – October 15, 2018

Media Contact: Robyn Coe (818) 287-1237 robynpc@gmail.com FILMCOLUMBIA 2018, OCTOBER 20-28, GOES INTERACTIVE WITH PANEL DISCUSSIONS WITH INDUSTRY INSIDERS AND Q&A’S WITH FILMMAKERS TICKETS TO THE FESTIVAL, WITH MORE THAN 50 WORLD-CLASS FILMS OVER NINE DAYS, ARE ON SALE NOW FOR CRANDELL THEATRE MEMBERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC (Chatham, NY–October 15, 2018)—FilmColumbia 2018, Columbia County’s premier annual cultural event now in its 19th year in Chatham, NY, will offer not only more than 50 acclaimed films—many of which are sure to earn Academy Award nominations next year—but a lively array of panel discussions, Q&As and even a live, mid-festival trivia game for film fans to relish. FilmColumbia 2018 runs from October 20-28 and includes a special benefit tribute to acclaimed actor and Columbia County resident Brian Cox, October 19-20. For the complete lineup and ticket information, go to http://www.filmcolumbia.org/. Several…

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Press Release – October 8, 2018

Media Contact: Robyn Coe (818) 287-1237 robynpc@gmail.com FILMCOLUMBIA 2018, OCTOBER 20-28, WILL OFFER AN ECLECTIC ARRAY OF FEATURES, SHORTS AND DOCUMENTARIES AT MORRIS MEMORIAL, MANY WITH AREA CONNECTIONS, AS WELL AS OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS FOR FILM LOVERS “[R]EVOLUTION IS UNCOMFORTABLE,” A LIVE, MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE FEATURING INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT PRESSING SOCIAL ISSUES, WILL BE PRESENTED AT PS21 IN CHATHAM ON OCTOBER 21 FESTIVAL TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR CRANDELL THEATRE MEMBERS AND WILL GO ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC OCTOBER 13 (Chatham, NY–October 8, 2018)—FilmColumbia 2018, Columbia County’s premier annual cultural event marking its 19th year in Chatham, NY, will offer a wide-ranging collection of film screenings, panel discussions, a live multimedia performance—and even a trivia contest—all designed to complement the festival’s outstanding primary schedule of screenings. FilmColumbia 2018 runs from October 20-28, including a special benefit tribute to…

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Press Release – October 1, 2018

Media Contact: Robyn Coe (818) 287-1237 robynpc@gmail.com FILMCOLUMBIA 2018 WILL KICK OFF WITH A MULTI-DAY TRIBUTE TO ACCLAIMED ACTOR BRIAN COX, INCLUDING SCREENINGS OF FOUR OF HIS FILMS, A Q&A SESSION WITH THE ACTOR AND A SPECIAL BENEFIT RECEPTION, OCTOBER 19-20 TICKETS TO THE FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 20-28, AND THE BENEFIT GO ON SALE OCTOBER 6 TO CRANDELL THEATRE MEMBERS AND OCTOBER 13 TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC (Chatham, NY–October 1, 2018)—FilmColumbia 2018, Columbia County’s premier annual cultural event, will kick off its 19th year in Chatham, NY, as it has for the past two years: with a special tribute to an acclaimed artist with ties to the county. This year’s honoree is distinguished actor Brian Cox. The event, benefitting the community programs of the Crandell Theatre, will take place October 19-20, and tickets are on sale now. Four of Cox’s films…

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Press Release – September 24, 2018

Media Contact: Robyn Coe (818) 287-1237 robynpc@gmail.com FILMCOLUMBIA 2018, OCTOBER 20-28, WILL FEATURE A TOTAL OF 50 FILMS FROM ACCLAIMED DIRECTORS STEVE MCQUEEN, FREDERICK WISEMAN AND ORSON WELLES, AMONG OTHERS, AS WELL AS THE WINNER OF THIS YEAR’S PALM D‘OR AT CANNES AND MOVIES CELEBRATED AT THE TORONTO, NEW YORK, VENICE, SUNDANCE AND TRIBECA FILM FESTIVALS FILMCOLUMBIA 2018 WILL HONOR ESTEEMED ACTOR BRIAN COX ON OCTOBER 19-20 WITH FILM SCREENINGS, A Q&A SESSION WITH THE ACTOR AND A SPECIAL BENEFIT RECEPTION TICKETS TO THE FESTIVAL AND THE BENEFIT GO ON SALE OCTOBER 6 TO CRANDELL THEATRE MEMBERS AND OCTOBER 13 TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC (Chatham, NY — September 24, 2018)—FilmColumbia 2018, Columbia County’s premier annual cultural event, will mark its 19th year of “small town, big movies” in Chatham, NY, this October 20-28. The nine-day festival will present 50 world-class…

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