NOW SHOWING: From Nickelodeons to Drive-Ins

October 14, 2021 - March 31, 2022

1950s car in front of a movie theater
Paramount Theater, Ridge Street, Glens Falls

There’s something about the phrase “let’s go to the movies” that strikes a chord within nearly all of us.  What often begins as a childhood rite of passage, the act of watching a film in a theater, slips effortlessly into a lifelong pastime.  For some, it is a tradition to be shared with generations of family.  For others, it’s an opportunity to spend time with someone special or even alone with one’s thoughts.  For all though, it’s an experience unlike any other form of entertainment.

“Now Showing” presents an historical perspective on how the evolution of moving pictures impacted our local communities.  From the early years of storefront nickelodeons, to lavish “movie palaces” and outdoor drive-ins, the exhibit discusses how hometown trends reflected national issues.  It examines the architecture, the technology, and the story of how popcorn saved theaters, and shares how cars and televisions influenced the direction of the industry.

interior movie theater snackbar
Paramount Theater snackbar, 1950s

Personal accounts of past theatre employees, as well as memories from those in the audience, bring an additional dimension to understanding theatre life.  Visitors view clips from a 1921 movie produced by a woman with ties to Glens Falls, hear the original Park Theatre March, and get their fill of classic intermission ads on video.

All that’s left to say is, “We hope you enjoy the show”!