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Images has been renovated: new seats, carpet and fresh paint. The entrance has moved back to Spring St. and there is a lobby used for all sorts of gatherings.
Perhaps the “hen scratches” have nothing to do with the name. I’ve been in town for forty six years and it was Walden when I came. College and Nickelodeon and now Images are all to my knowledge.\
By the way thanks to renovation in a couple of weeks one will once again be entering the cinema from the old entrance and lobby. Inside a new bathroom has been added, new seats and general sprucing up. It’s a great place to spend an evening. See you there!
Do you think it might be Nickelodeon? My son remembers that name and so do I, vaguely. I well remember going to the Walden when my son was an infant. We could see it from where we lived at the time and when we could get away took in the show. Living further away and with two children to keep me busy I seldom went but my husband would take my son and then, as he mentioned, my son went often in high school. When the kids were little I took them to the Mohawk theater in North Adams for the children’s films. The Mohawk has been empty for many years and the city has applied for grants to renovate and make it a multipurpose venue. So far, they have renovated the Marquee which is used to welcome one to North Adams and such like. The renovation has been on the North Adams wish list for many years and every so often we hear that it is about to begin in earnest but then there will be problems with funding, etc. A six screen movie house was on the outskirts of North Adams but recently closed because of not passing building inspections. It is moving to a renovated shopping center in the center of North Adams and is slated to open soon complete with “stadium seats."
Meanwhile the Images is our first choice for independent film as well as some main films (after the chain theaters have shown). It’s a busy place hosting the Williamstown film festival, special showings for children, birthday parties with free popcorn, films sponsored by Williams College organizations, etc. A series of French films is about to be shown with commentary from prof. of Romance Languages at the college. It’s truly a community theater!
This is in reply to Ron Salters comments.
The Images in Williamstown is part of what was once the Walden which had several permutations. I e-mailed my son who has a better memory than I and past here his reply:
It was Walden, but that was when I was an infant. I remember it first when I was a little kid as “The College Cinema.” Then it was bought by the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Boston and turned into the art-house, repertory cinema that I remember so well from my high school years. It was called “The Nickelodeon” at first, but I think for only one year, two at most. Then it MAY have been sold again, but in any case, the name was then changed to The Images Cinema.
It was rescued by a local group among whom the late Christopher Reeve was a big supporter and became the non-profit Images using part of the space that was once the Walden. (For several years his voice reminded one that this was our theater and to deposit our trash in the containers at the entrance.)You are quite correct about the entrance on Spring Street with marquee or flat sign but after downsizing and renovation the entrance is now on the north side of the building on a short alley way. A vertical sign at the north corner of the building identifies IMAGES (one letter above another.)