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Will do—and just did.
I wonder what the hold up is? And whether the people trying to reopen it have considered making it a 30’s/40’s house? There should be a market for seeing quality b&w films, since at least two cable networks are devoted largely to that—but on a big screen, how much more impressive the films are. Not to mention the experience of going to an older theater: the shared audience appreciation, the celebratory experience of a night out, etc.
Called nearly a year ago, and left word, along with a phonenumber, expressing a willingness to help out in anyway. Never heard back. Hope you guys find the people to open up, in any case.
I think this is marvelous news. My wife and I moved to New Jersey 6 years ago, and we constantly joke about the utter lack of architectural taste in a state which it appears people are always traveling out of. ;) White Horse Pike and Black Horse Pike come in for our most scathing attacks.
But when I found the Harwan one day about a year ago, we pulled over and just stared. It’s a magnificent example of creative art deco, and (in our opinion) should be on the National Registry of Historic Buildings, if it isn’t already. We’ve occasionally passed by since then, and until we found this website, were simply waiting for it to be torn down. I’m glad the opposite is happening, and that it will be revived—though running a classic movie theater in the middle of nowhere, is going to be a difficult job, at best. I hope you secure state grant monies for this project. Keep as well away from films that can be found elsewhere; show films that are likely to draw large audiences while remaining true to the notion of what a “classic” is. Hopefully, you have a large-sized screen, not one of the mutant dwarf screens that proliferate in today’s movie theaters. That size may well prove one of your biggest draws, since you can tell people repeatedly that they’ll be looking at the picture the way it was meant to be shown.
I know a (little) bit whereof I speak, because I led a program of classic films up in Fargo many years ago, and more recently was a member of a board that chose classic films in Peoria. (Not exactly a beautiful town, either.) Good luck, regardless.