Spotlight On: Gold Town Nickelodeon Theater
For our first ‘Spotlight On’ back, we invited the Gold Town Nickelodeon Theater to let us know what’s going on in Juneau!
Please give us a brief history of your organization and the types of films you show.
Gold Town Theater is located in downtown Juneau, Alaska, in the Emporium Building, which originally held the Alaska Steam Laundry, built in 1902. It was converted to a movie theater in 1996 and has since then been dedicated to showing the best and newest-we-can-get independent, foreign, and documentary films, particularly anything with Bill Murray.
What have been your most popular movies this year?
The usual suspects, THE ARTIST and OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS. And for sure anything with a local hook…ON THE ICE (we had the director and producer in town) was huge for us. [As was the lesser known SMOKIN' FISH, a bio-doc of a local native entrepreneur, and UNBREAKABLE: THE WESTERN STATES 100, a doc about a local ultra-marathon champion.]
Do you offer any special events or programs? If so, please name a few.
Absolutely! In fact, it’s what we’re depending on to get us through the digital conversion firestorm. We currently run a monthly live-music concert series in conjunction with our public radio station, a monthly live movie trivia night, an outdoor-films related series (for summer ski bums), various special-interest group events (everything from the Catholic Diocese’s sold-out showing of PINK SMOKE OVER THE VATICAN to the Jewish Community’s “An Evening With Sholem Aleichem”), and we’re starting a Not-So-Silent Film series (silent classics w/ live musical accompaniment) in October.
Are you running 35mm, digital projection, or both?
35MM and standard digital (Blu-ray). About half and half.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing independent cinemas right now?
Identity crisis while trying to adapt to a digital world. For those like us who can’t afford to convert anytime soon (if ever), how do we stay committed to being an art-house cinema if we’re hamstrung on available product? How few movies can we show and still call ourselves a cinema?
What are you most looking forward to for the 2013 Convergence?
Hosting the highly-anticipated Premiere Cage Match between David Bordwell and Russ Collins. Bring eye protection.
Thanks so much to the Gold Town Nickelodeon for participating! See you in January 2013!