A ribbon-cutting celebration honors the Crandell Theatre’s official listing this year on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. The celebration takes place in front of the theatre at 48 Main Street, Chatham, NY, with remarks by Deputy Commissioner Daniel MacKay, NYS Historic Preservation Office, along with the presentation of a framed certificate. The event takes place on Saturday, December 9, at 1 p.m.
The Crandell Theatre was one of 88 properties recommended in New York State this year, and one of only three in the Capital District. The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology, and culture of New York State and the nation. “We are delighted to recognize the Crandell Theatre as a place of great distinction in our state,” said Daniel Mackay, Deputy Commissioner of the NYS Division for Historic Preservation. “The Theatre is a stellar example of what makes our state’s Main Streets so dynamic and why the preservation of historic places is so important to communities. The NYS and National Registers provide the opportunity to document significant places and for the stewards of those building to explore economic opportunities to help maintain the building for future generations.”
Following the ceremony is the free premiere showing of “Crandell Theatre: The Jewel of Main Street,” a 28-minute documentary produced by the Chatham Film Club and directed by Hudson, NY, filmmaker Marisela La Grave. Narration is by actor Robert Ian Mackenzie.
“The Chatham Film Club has been researching the Crandell’s rich history for ten years, and the historic designation is the perfect opportunity to tell the wonderful story of the building, its owners, and the role that movies have played in a small town’s cultural life, says Mary Biebel, a member of the Board of Directors and the film’s executive producer.
“Crandell Theatre: the Jewel of Main Street, “ which includes historical photos of the theatre and the Village of Chatham, tells the story of the theatre’s history, the evolution of film, and the role of historic preservation. Among several interviews is one with Anthony H. Quirino, owner of the Crandell Theatre from 1960-1985, when he sold it to his son Tony, who passed away in March 2017 at age 93.
In 2010, the theatre was purchased by the Chatham Film Club, a member-supported, nonprofit organization. For more information on the celebration or to see what’s showing, 518-392-3445 or visit www.crandelltheatre.org.