One more source for funding was an offer to partner with a non-profit, The Adirondack Film Society, thus making us eligible for a grant through the Council for the Arts. I will not get into all of the drawbacks re-written into the contract, but the bottom line always was that the non-profit would own the digital machines, even if a second machine was purchased with a very small amount of grant funds and mostly Palace monies. This would mean the Film Society would own two of the Palace Theatre digital machines. We declined to sign this contract! I understand that the Film Society then moved on to partner with the Strand in Schroon Lake.
We are happy to announce that Monday evening our 1926 original downstairs theatre screen saw its last ‘first-run’ movie projected using 35 mm film. When we re-open this theatre, 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 on-line credit card donations and those made through ANCA. Now we are halfway there! We again thank everyone and ask for your continued donations to help keep our business a viable one on Main Street. 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.
Reg and Barbara Clark