Youth from the Raquette Lake Girls Camp line up to get tickets to watch a movie at the Palace Theater in Lake Placid.
For many, the thought of Lake Placid without a movie theater brings chills to the spine.
To help save the historic theater as part of the “Go Digital or Go Dark” Campaign, a pair of films will be shown at the end of this month to help set the mood for the Halloween season and build up the funds needed to convert the Palace Theater movie screens from 35mm film to digital.
Theater owners Reg and Barbara Clark said the fundraiser has had its share of ups and downs with the business now able to take a major step forward.
“Our 1926 original downstairs theater screen saw its last ‘first-run’ movie projected using 35mm film,” the Clarks said in a statement. “When we re-open this theater, it will be with digital projection. We were able to order this equipment because donations were made directly to the Palace and were placed in a special ‘digital’ account. The other half, $31,000, will be paid from the online credit card donations and those made through the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA).”
The donations have put the theater “halfway there.”
“We again thank everyone and ask for your continued donations to help keep our business a viable one,” the Clarks said. “Please support us with your attendance even though we may have limited movie choices after the end of the year when film ceases to be produced.”
The first fundraiser, to be held Halloween night at the Palace, will be a showing of the 1920 version of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” starring John Barrymore. The silent film will be accompanied by Jeff Barker, who will play the theater’s organ during the screening. The Adirondack Film Society is hosting the event. For more details, visit adirondack.org.
The theater is also joining with ANCA and the Lake Placid Center for the Arts for a screening of “Ghostbusters” at LPCA Nov. 1.
Light refreshments will be included, along with a few “retro surprises,” with a family-friendly matinee at 4 p.m. ($10 for adults, $6 for kids) and a Flashback party and screening at 7 p.m. ($25 includes pre-movie party with food and drink).
Tickets can be purchased at the LPCA box office and at the door the night of the event. All proceeds to benefit the Palace’s digital conversion fund.