Chatham Film Club Names a New Board Member

January 28, 2013

The Chatham Film Club recently named Sharon Grubin to its Board of Directors. A part-time resident of Austerlitz for nearly 30 years, Grubin retired in 2012 after a lengthy and impressive legal career, the last 12 years of which were spent as General Counsel and Assistant Secretary to the Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc., the largest not-for-profit performing arts institution in the United States.

“I feel honored to have been welcomed by the dedicated, talented and hard-working people who comprise the board of the Chatham Film Club,” Grubin says. “The Crandell serves as more than just a location to see films,” she adds. “That it fills an important need in the life of the community can be seen by the fact that it has survived – without a government bailout – for the last 87 years, through depressions, recessions, wars, the Internet, and other developments that have sent so many other small and large companies in this country out of business.

“I hope I can contribute to the ideas and energy of the Film Club that will ensure the vitality and spark of the Crandell as a community base for at least the next 87 years.”

The Chatham Film Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that owns and operates the historic Crandell Theatre on Chatham’s Main Street. Since it purchased the theatre in 2010, the Film Club has made numerous repairs and improvements to the 1926 structure, including a new roof and furnace and new sound system. Presently, the Film Club is in the midst of a capital campaign to purchase and install digital equipment, along with a new screen and sound system.  Thanks to a supportive community and a generous grant from the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, it is anticipated that the new equipment will be installed later this spring.

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