Friday, July 23, 2010

Hello's from the mother land... Part 2

So we're on the radar in the Capital District... Chuck Miller (mentioned yesterday) did a nice write up about our website on his blog.

The Capital District had some of the most memorable motion picture palaces and intimate drive-ins around. How many of us remember the great Mohawk Drive-In on Central Avenue in Colonie, with the big arrow-toting Indian on the back side of the movie screen, visible to all drivers along Central Avenue. How many of us remember the great Hellman Theater on Washington Avenue Extension, the first theater in the Capital Region that was capable of hosting the biggest widescreen features of its day. And then there was the Petit Cine 1-2, which used to show…

Um… scuse me… gotta get back on topic.

Allen Pinney and his partner David Blanchard remember those old motion picture palaces and ozone gatherers, many of which have unfortunately disappeared today. Their plan is to chronicle those forgotten drive-ins and theaters of a bygone era into both a website – Project Movie House – and an upcoming documentary film.

Read the rest of his blog post here: The “Project Movie House” website

- Allen

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hello's from the mother land...

I had a nice email exchange today with Chuck Miller over at He sent me a couple of links (see below) to his blog posts. The first is about The Beatles movies and where they played and the second is about opening night at The Madison in Albany. Please read and enjoy!

When the Beatles Played in Albany
Opening Night at the Madison Theater

And check out Chuck's blog if you haven't already at

- Allen

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Script Snippit

Here's a small taste of the script's opening sequence...

But it is in the states, the home of Hollywood, that our story takes place. Starting in West Orange, New Jersey five years prior to the Lumière’s big night.

The inventions of George Eastman and William K.L. Dickson would meet in 1890 to produce the first public demonstration of motion pictures at the Edison Laboratories.

In 1889 George Eastman, inventor of the Kodak camera, had developed celluloid, a felexible, transparent film, capable of recording motion as well as projecting the image afterward.

In November of 1890 William Dickson, an assistant to Thomas Edison, built the first motor-driven movie camera. They called it the Kinetograph.

Followed shortly there after by the first movie projector – The Kinetoscope – Edison opened America’s first movie studio on his Laboratory property in 1893 and dubbed it the Black Maria.

In mid-April 1894, the first Kinetoscope Parlor opened in New York City and for the first time movies were commercially exhibited as we know them today.

- Allen

Friday, July 2, 2010

UPDATE: Script Feedback

Feedback is coming in on the script draft... Thanks! So the goal now is to finish researching, gathering archival material and conducting interviews. It's gonna be a while before it's complete, but I'm hoping to get it done within a year.

So all you potential contributors start getting your notes, photos and home movies together then drop me a line!

- Allen
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