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Upstate Films reopens Orpheum in Saugerties Nov. 4

Oct 27, 2021 4:30 am

Diana Pineiro-Zucker reports for the Daily Freeman that Upstate Films will reopen the Orpheum Theatre on Main Street in Saugerties Nov. 4. Earlier this year Upstate Films bought the Orpheum building from the Thornton family, which had owned it for 103 years. Upstate Films has shown mostly independent movies in Rhinebeck for 50 years, and closed a Woodstock theater earlier this year. Now they will program the three screens in Saugerties, where there are 136, 138, and 145 seats. Before reopening, Upstate Films updated the lobby and a few safety features. They have not announced what will be showing when the screens light up Nov. 4, but do say that those attending movies there need to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The theatre, Upstate Films officials say, will host live music, Hollywood films, independent cinema, and “community-oriented events and screenings geared for adults and children,” in its first month back. The Orpheum Theatre building first opened as a community center in 1908, with roller skating and vaudeville acts. The first films was shown in 1911 and the building became a full-time theater in 1918. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.

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