Bethel Center for New Media and the Arts

posted by Hemingway862 on April 17, 2009 at 10:45 am

BETHEL, CT — The arts come back to Bethel at Center for New Media and the Arts, the 2200 sq. foot loft on the second floor of the Opera House.

On May 2, 2009, Bethel First Selectman Bob Burke will cut the ribbon for the Grand Opening of Bethel’s new Center for the arts.

Located at the historic Opera House in Bethel, CT, we offer professional video production and post-production services, sound stage capabilities, photo restoration, film transfer, web services, and more. We are opening the Center Art Gallery, the first to come to Bethel in years.
Events and happenings at the Center include: HD Video Production & Editing * Video Duplication – VHS to DVD, etc. * 8 & 16mm film-to-digital Transfer * Filmmaking Workshops * Acting workshops * Guitar and Music Workshops * Digital Music & Recording workshops * Poetry & Literature Readings * Acoustic Music Jams * Film Screenings * Dance Recitals * Rehearsal Space * Soundstage * Private & Public Event Hall * Connecticut Film Festival screenings coming Fall, 2009. We are also community-minded, and will work with our clients for good causes (e.g. a fundraiser for Family and Children’s AID in Danbury). And there is more to come!

The Opera House was built in 1848, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is a grand and beautiful building. P.T. Barnum had a silent movie theater here. It was a vaudeville stage, a roller skating rink, and at one time served as the Bethel High School Gym. The first floor was once a hat factory, and it was a billiard hall that Mark Twain frequented.
With all its rich history, the public hasn’t been able to enjoy the space as a gathering place since the 1980’s.

In 2009, we will change that.

The Center will once again offer artists and those interested in the arts a place in which to enjoy the richness of the artistic efforts in the film and visual arts, music and media.

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