And the Winner Is…

March 4, 2013

Over 100 patrons submitted ballots for the Crandell Oscar Challenge in hopes of winning a book for movie passes. When all of the ballots were counted, the winner was Debra Goldman of Spencertown. Ms. Goldman correctly predicted the winners in 20 of 24 categories and also correctly guessed that Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” would receive the highest number of Oscars, 4 awards in all.

An avid filmgoer and member of the Chatham Film Club, Ms. Goldman has been coming to the Crandell for over 10 years.

“I just love going to the movies, old and new. There is nothing like seeing a film on the big screen in the dark theater,” she said.

Ms. Goldman is also passing on her love of film on to her daughter Molly who correctly picked 18 award winners on her Crandell Oscar ballot. Another Chatham Film Club Member, Peter Namuth, also made 18 correct selections. These two runners-up were each awarded a pair of passes as recognition of their keen prediction skills.

Crandell patrons had many opportunities to see the Oscar nominated film this year. 25 of them, including all 9 Best Picture nominees, played on the theater’s single screen on Main Street, Chatham throughout the year.

“We’re thrilled with the response to the contest,” said Fred Ulrich, a member of the Chatham Film Club board. “It shows the enthusiasm that our patrons have for the movies, and serves as a reminder that the Crandell is a great place to see award winning films.”

In the coming weeks, the Crandell will make a final push to raise the funds needed to convert to digital projection. “We must make the switch to digital if we want to keep our high quality programming,” says Mr. Ulrich, “and to do that we need to reach our goal of raising $250,000.”

To learn more about the Crandell Digital Campaign, visit