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2016 Crown Heights Film Festival | Oct. 28 & 29, 2016

The Crown Heights Film Festival (CHFF) on October 28 & 29 will bring exceptional local and international short film to Central Brooklyn audiences. The festival showcases a curated selection of short films: narratives, animation, documentaries, and cross-disciplinary/experimental films. Our mission is to provide a voice and opportunities for filmmakers in short form, to foster cross-arts collaboration, […]

Down In Front – 1891 Fredonia Opera House

This week’s column is brought to you by the letters ‘K’ and ‘G.’ K for Holy sweet glazed deliciousness! They are building a Krispy Kreme donut shop right down the street from my house! G for my new best friend, Gym as I have a feeling I will be paling around with him about 6 […]

Down In Front – Hollywood Drive In

Is there any place other than Route 66 that is absolutely perfect for a drive in movie theater? James Fisher definitely didn’t think so when he built the Hollywood Drive In on Route 66 just outside of Troy in Averill Park, New York in 1952. After opening on May 22, 1953, he ran the drive […]

Down In Front – Transit Drive In

Original owners, Irving and Mary Cohen, started out in movie theater ownership by owning a small theater in Wayland, New York in 1927. In the following years, they purchased or bought many other theaters in the Central and Western New York area, such as the Plaza in Corning or the Strand in Hornell. By 1937, […]

Retro Cinema – Godspell

The movie camera lens is, perhaps, the cruelest magnifying glass on the planet. Not only does it call attention to deficiencies in a performance and appearance, but it also calls harsh attention to inherent weakness in source material. This was the case in David Greene’s 1973 film adaptation of the Stephen Schwartz/John-Michael Tebelak musical Godspell […]

Down In Front – Warwick Drive In

  Built in 1950 by Charles & Mary Finger and George & Adeline Miller on 5 acres of land owned by Paul & Emma Miller, the Warwick Drive In sprang to life ready for business in Warwick, New York. George & Adeline soon decided to sell their share of the drive in and land to […]

Down In Front – Bay Drive In

In the midst of the drive in theater craze of the 1940s through the 1960s, the Bay Drive In located in Alexandria Bay, New York was built in 1968. Originally it had a capacity for 300 cars with a single screen and was intended to replace the 1,000 Mile Island Drive In that was torn […]

Down In Front – Glen Twin Drive In

Located in Glen Falls, New York near the Lake George resort area, the independently owned Glen Twin Drive In Theater has been showing double features under the stars since 1958. Starting out as a solo screen, the Glen Twin eventually became a double screen drive in and now shows first run double features seasonally from […]

Retro Cinema – A Bronx Morning

In 1931, first-time filmmaker Jay Leyda sought to create an American answer to the so-called “city symphony” productions that came out of European cinema in the 1920s. Working independently with funds obtained by the sale of a rare folk art figurine that he originally found in a junk shop, Leyda created the 11-minute film essay […]

Down In Front – Black River Drive In

The Black River Drive In almost didn’t make it. Located on State Route 3 in Black River, New York (between Watertown and Fort Drum), Black River Drive In was built by Sylvan Leff and opened for business in August of 1950. Mr. Leff operated the theater until the 1970s when he then leased it to […]

Down In Front – The Silver Lake Twin Drive In

Opening day for the Silver Lake Twin Drive In located in Perry, NY just outside of Rochester, was September 23, 1949. Built, owned, and run by Harry K. Martin, Silver Lake was a much needed entertainment oasis amid a large expanse of cow pastures. The settling of the Silver Lake community rose dramatically in 1855 […]