The foundation is hosting some programming in temporary digs in order to build community interest, including a film discussion series in spaces around the municipality and, starting in the fall, a movie-focused art therapy program for senior citizens at the
"We want to show the community what our mission is, and how it's absolutely needed," said
"There's a lot of cosmetic (work) and minor things," said
In the foundation's vision, one of the Denis' two ground-floor theaters will be converted into its main theater for first-run independent films. The other will be divided into a smaller theater for other movies, lectures or special programs and a learning center for classes, discussion groups or small event rentals. The lobby will have ticket sales, concessions and an art gallery for receptions, with large windows looking out on the
"I envision this space with a glass wall so people can walk by and see a very inviting space, see that it's an art gallery," said
The foundation's offices and apartment buildings' community rooms around
In September, the foundation will team with
Eventually, the movie program will combine short films and movie clips in the small theater with discussions in the learning center and receptions and socializing in the lobby. But this year, and until the theater is renovated, the program will be at the
"It's a wonderful partnership and it's great to support something that will enhance the community in that way," library director
Caulfield said the clips won't just be from old movies, but from a range of movies that share common themes.
"What works are the stories that are hard-wired, almost archetypes, so people don't need to see the whole two hours," he said.
Richey said adding gallery space in the Denis will ease a scheduling crunch at the library's two galleries. There is a waiting list of about 18 months for artists to put works on display for a month at the library.
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