Chatham Film Club and WMHT Co-host Free Preview Screening of Downton Abbey Season 5 Premiere

The Chatham Film Club and WMHT cohost a free screening of the premiere episode of MASTERPIECE Downton Abbey Season 5 at the Crandell Theatre on Saturday, December 27, at 4 p.m.

The screening is free, but reservations are required due to limited seating. To reserve a ticket, RSVP online at or call the Chatham Film Club at 518-392-3445. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for Chatham Film Club members and at 3:45 p.m. for the general public.

Downton Abbey is a popular British period drama that began airing in the United Kingdom in the fall of 2010 and is rebroadcast in the United States on PBS. The series has received many accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film, a BAFTA award, and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries.

The new season of Downton Abbey is set in 1924, as Britain’s first Labour government comes to power. It premieres on MASTERPIECE on PBS on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

“We are thrilled that WMHT considered the Crandell when selecting sites to screen the Season 5 premiere of Downton Abbey,” said Fred Ulrich, President of the Chatham Film Club. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to work with WMHT to present this episode in Columbia County before it airs on PBS in January.”

“This is the fourth year that WMHT has hosted a preview screening ahead of the on-air premiere of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece. Everyone has a great time with all of other fans of the show,” stated Scott Sauer, WMHT’s Executive Vice President. “Sharing the first glimpse of Season 5, and its new loves and new secrets, will be an especially fun celebration of this cultural phenomenon. In addition to the screening in Chatham, WMHT will be holding similar events in Troy and Schenectady.”

The Chatham Film Club, a 501(c)(3) member-supported nonprofit organization, owns and operates the historic Crandell Theatre on Chatham’s Main Street and produces the popular FilmColumbia Festival each October. For information on the Chatham Film Club, or to see what’s showing, visit