Making It Here: Images Cinema | Connecting Point | Apr. 25, 2016

Making It Here: Images Cinema | Connecting Point | Apr. 25, 2016


SINCE ITS OPENING IN 1916 AS THE
WALDON THEATER WHEN SILENT FILMS GRACED THE SCREENS IMAGES
THEATER IN WILLIAMSTOWN HAS BEEN THE PLACE TO GO IN THE NORTHERN
BERKSHIRES TO CATCH A FIT FOR 100 YEARS.
FEATURING A WONDERFUL MIX OF FOREIGN, CLASSIC, AND MODERN
FILMS, IMAGES THAT SLIDE AS A INDEPENDENT IN A WORLD OF
BLOCKBUSTERS AND CINEPLEXES. PRODUCER TONY DUNNE AND
VIDEOGRAPHER DAVE FRASER INVITE YOU TO SIT DOWNWITH SOME POPCORN
AND ENJOY THE STORY OF IMAGES THEATER, MAKING IT HERE.
>>IMAGES CINEMA STARTED WAY BACK IN 1916 WHEN A MAN NAMED
HYREM WALDON BOUGHT WHAT WAS, AT THE TIME, A FA ALTERNATE HOUSE
FOR WILLIAMS COLLEGE. SO IN 1916, HE DID SOME
RENOVATION. HE STARTED SHOWING THE MOVIES
HERE, AND SINCE THEN, THEY HAVE ALWAYS, THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN
MOVIE SCREENINGS. WE HAVE NEVER GONE DARK OR BEEN
ANY OTHER KIND OF BUSINESS OTHER THAN A MOVIE THEATER.
OF COURSE, OVER THE YEARS THERE’S BEEN CHANGES.
PEOPLE MAY REMEMBER US AS THE WALDON THEATER.
THE WALDON THEATER DID A SATURDAY MATINEE.
COWBOYS AND INDIANS. IT’S SOMETHING DESIGNED FOR
KIDS. EVERY SATURDAY AFTERNOON THAT
WAS WHERE I WAS. AND MOST OF THE KIDS WERE DOWN
>>THIS THEATER HAS SEEN THE TRANSITION FROM VIOLENT TO
SOUND.>>I LIKE IT AND I AM GOING TO
TELL THEM SO, FROM BLACK AND WHITE, THE COLOR, FROM
35-MILLIMETER TO DIGITAL. AND NOW HERE WE ARE, 2016,
CELEBRATING OUR 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF BRINGING FILMS
INTO THE BERKSHIRES, AND SHOWING THEM — SHARING THEM WITH THIS
COMMUNITY. WE LIKE TO FOCUS ON FILMS THAT
YOU KNOW, OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE. WHETHER THAT’S A SMALLER
AMERICAN INDEPENDENT FILM, A FOREIGN FILM, A DOCUMENTARY, OR
JUST THINGS THAT MAY BE ARE GETTING OVERSHADOWED BY THE BIG
POPULAR FILMS. IMAGES IS AMAZING.
WE HAVE GOT A VERY INTELLIGENT, LITERATE PUBLIC.
THEYTHESE ARE THE MOVIES THEY RY WANT TO SEE.
IF THEY MISS THE LATEST MOVIE, THEY DON’T CARE, BUT IF THEY
MISS LADY IN THE VAN, THEY DO CARE.
>>THE OTHER THING UNIQUE ABOUT IMAGES, IS THE FACT THAT WE ARE
CURRENTLY A SINGLE SCREEN MOVIE THEATER, AND THAT IS A RARE
BURDEN NOWADAYS. WHEN WE FIRST STARTED, WE — IT
USED TO BE A 400-SEAT HOUSE. AND IT WENT DOWN TO 192, AND NOW
WE’RE DOWN TO 150, CHANGED THINGS UP FOR THE BETTER BECAUSE
WE GOT HANDICAPPED ACCESS.>>I THINK IT’S A USEFUL SPACE
THE WAY THAT IT IS.>>HI.
>>ONE TICK.>>SOME OFONE TICKET.
>>RATHER THAN GOING TO ONE OF THE BIG, MULTI-SCREEN,
MULTI-PLEXES, IS ONE, WE ARE VERY COMMUNITY FOCUSED.
YOU ARE GOING TO COME HERE AND YOU ARE GOING TO RUN INTO YOUR
NEIGHBORS IN THE LOBBY. ONE OF YOUR NEIGHBORS MAY BE
SELLING YOU CANDY FROM BEHIND THE CONCESSION STAND.
WE’RE ALL VOLUNTEERS AT THE CONCESSION STAND.
I COME EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT AND DO THE POPCORN AND SEE MY
FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS COMING THROUGH, AND WE CHAT ABOUT
MOVIES ON THE WAY IN AND WE DISCUSS MOVIES ON THE WAY OUT.
IT’S A GREAT COMMUNITY FEELING.>>THERE IS SO MUCH TALK ABOUT
PEOPLE GETTING MORE ISOLATED AND THE VIEWING EXPERIENCE CHANGING,
AS WE GET INTO, YOU KNOW, THE INTERNET AND DIGITAL MEDIA AND
ALL OF THIS. BUT NOTHING REALLY CAN REPLACE
THAT COMING TOGETHER AS A GROUP. THE SITTING WITH OTHER PEOPLE IN
THE DARK AND CONCENTRATING ON A MOVIE, WHETHER IT’S — IT’S A
COMEDY, YOU HEAR PEOPLE LAUGHING AROUND YOU.
IF IT’S A THRILLER, YOU HEAR PEOPLE GASPING AROUND YOU.
THAT JUST DOESN’T TRANSLATE TO SITTING AT HOME ON THE COUCH.
ANOTHER THING THAT WE LIKE TO DO TO MAKE IMAGES SPECIAL, TO MAKE
AN EVENING HERE DIFFERENT THAN JUST YOUR USUAL MOVIE-GOING
TIME, IS BRINGING FILM-MAKERS IN TO SPEAK.
OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE LIKE BERNARD HAS BEEN
HERE, JOHN AND MAGGIE, WHO WENT TO WILLIAMS COLLEGE, AND THAT’S
A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN ALL THAT
OFTEN.>>THERE IS SUCH A RICH HISTORY,
AND PERSONAL CONNECTION THAT PEOPLE HAVE WITH NOT JUST THE
THEATER, AS A PHYSICAL STATE, BUT JUST THE WAY THAT MOVIES AND
MEMORIES CAN KIND OF MATCH UP AND PREPARE FOR PEOPLE, YOU
KNOW. WE’LL GET EMAILS AND HEAR
STORIES, FROM PEOPLE, WHO WALK THROUGH THE DOORS OR JUST HAVE A
WISTFUL LOOK SAYING, I REMEMBER WHEN THIS WAS HAPPENING AND THAT
WAS HAPPENING. WHEN I WAS STANDING RIGHT HERE.
THAT WAS NOT MANY YEARS AGO.>>THINGS WILL CHANGE BUT I
CERTAINLY HOPE THAT WE’LL HAVE GOOD MOVIES AND IMAGES, AND
WE’LL STILL BE HERE DOING THEM.

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