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Savoy Newsletter July 9th, 2020

posted at 9:44 am Fri Jul 10th, 2020 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Savoy Newsletter

July 9th, 2020

Hello again.  It has been a while.  I had meant to compose a newsletter several times over the past couple of weeks, but was not finding the inspiration.  I have been watching the events unfold each day or so and wondering what it means for the reopening of the theater.  This past week they have started closing theaters again in L.A. and N.Y. and some other places due to resurging numbers.  While things remain relatively stable here, the ripple effect of these re-closings in major markets has the effect of distributors moving release dates back yet again or releasing titles online pre-maturely.  At this stage re-opening would mean playing older, previously released titles, likely having a limited schedule and limiting the number of patrons in our very small spaces, all of which adds up to squeaking by uncomfortably, and so for now we will remain closed. 


I am quite hopeful that we can reopen toward the end of July or beginning of August however, even if it is only in this limited capacity to begin with.  It is a matter of re-envisioning our use of space and flow here – something I am still wrestling with.  In the meantime I am continuing to take care of loose ends and routine maintenance and clean and organize.  I am also in communication with my film booker about possible films that we can reopen with and I am continuing to connect directly with distributors to offer interesting streaming options.  It’s sort of a new abnormal, but it’s what we have all been dealing with. 


Most importantly, the continued support from the community keeps me hopeful, so thank you all for sticking with us throughout this period!  Building on the success of Rick Winston’s zoom presentation last month on the origins of our beloved theater, Rick has put together another fine lecture called Casablanca in it’s Own Time.  The event will be next Friday, July 10th, time TBA and ticket link coming soon.  There is a brief description below.


We have added 4 new offerings to our streaming line-up and will be closing out many of the others soon.  I want to encourage you to check out some of these films if you have time before they end their virtual runs.  I Am Not Your Negro is particularly poignant right now and well worth the time to watch.  Author James Baldwin’s words and ideas are still extremely potent even today and it’s a great one to watch with the kids. The film will close out on July 7th.  We also still have 5 other great films, 4 documentaries and one narrative.  Check them all out below.    


Special Event:

Casablanca in it's Own Time

Zoom event with

Rick Winston

Casablanca is one of the most popular, most romantic, most quoted American films ever. But what was it like to see the film when it came out, in the midst of World War II, when the future seemed so uncertain? What would American audiences have understood about the references to the Vichy government, Ilsa Lund's Norwegian nationality, or Victor Laszlo's Czech resistance movement? Rick will explore these questions, plus the significance of "Casablanca" as a homefront morale booster, how it became a showcase for Hollywood's refugee talent, and why its popular reception confounded the film's creative team.

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