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I found this on NewportNow.org from a March 26, 2010 article.
NEWPORT, R.I. â€" The founders of the now darkened Newport International Film Festival are hoping to introduce a new festival this year, continuing the tradition of celebrating cinema in Newport.
According to the Providence Journal, the new film festival, which has yet to be named, will span just one day sometime this summer, with a more robust five day run planned for next year.
Behind the effort are Nancy Donahoe and Christine Schomer, who founded the Newport International Film Festival in 1998 before withdrawing from the operations in 2003 and 2002, respectively, and Andrea van Beuren, the director of documentary and childrenâ€™s films for NIFF.
Scheduled for sometime in July or August, the new festival hopes to draw heavily on the peak tourist traffic, which NIFF never fully benefited from due to its June scheduling.
The previous reference to The Revival House is relevant as the owner/operators of this closed theater are now the new owner/operators of the Cable Car. It is currently undergoing major renovations during the summer of 2010 and it is rumored they might be adding a second film projector to show the old films again. (The film distributors no longer want film houses to splice the films and thus one projector is a major handicap to show old films.) It is slated to reopen August 16th or 17th.
I grew up in the sixties in the area and there was a outside mural in the rotunda. The theme was that of Native Americans. Unfortunately, sometime in the late 90’s it was removed for some reason and has now disappeared, perhaps destroyed during the various renovations to retail. It was such an integral image of my childhood that I am sad that it has gone.
I remember going to see House of Wax with Vincent Price in the 1980’s. I remember the screen was beaded which was much better for its 3D effect. I know that the beaded screen was eventually removed during subsequent renovations. It still is a great theater as it is family run and they don’t gouge you on the concession prices.