Most of FilmColumbia’s films are screened at Crandell Theatre, located at 46-48 Main Street in Chatham, NY. The Crandell Theatre is Columbia County’s oldest and largest single screen theatre. An architectural gem, the Crandell has remained basically unchanged since built in 1926 by Walter S. Crandell, as a vaudeville house. The theatre seats 534 patrons, with 112 of the seats in the balcony. The Crandell Theatre is owned and operated by the Chatham Film Club (the producers of FilmColumbia). The theater operates year round showing 1st and 2nd run studio films in the evenings and art, independent and foreign films every other Sunday at 4 pm.
The Morris Memorial venue has been Chatham’s community center with many of it’s social activities held here since 1910. It is located on Park Row, 1/2 block off Main Street, just 1 1/2 blocks from the Crandell Theatre. The Morris Memorial screens the best in regional films, with several US premiers shown there the last several years during FilmColumbia. Seating capacity is 150. Popcorn and drinks are available during the screenings.
Tracy Memorial Village Hall, located at 77 Main Street and known to Chathamites as “The Tracy” is ticket headquarters during the festival. The handsome ballroom on the second floor is the venue for festival panel discussions and script-reading. Built in 1912, a gift to the village from the Tracy family, this outstanding building now houses police department, clerk’s office and judicial quarters.
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