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Lewisburg's Campus Theatre Celebrates 75 Years

Jan 15, 2016 04:49PM ● By Erica Shames

The Campus Theatre - Lewisburg, PA opened its doors on January 17, 1941 just 11 months shy of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Designed by architect David Supowitz, and built by the Stiefel Brothers, the Campus Theatre is one of the last remaining single screen art deco movie palaces in the country! 

It will celebrate its 75th anniversary this month with a free 35 mm film screening of the 1941 Oscar winner, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY on Sunday, January 17th at 5:00 pm.

HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY was directed by the legendary John Ford and stars Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara and Anna Lee.  Based on the novel of the same name by Richard Llewellyn, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY won five Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Crisp), Best Art Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Picture (beating Citizen Kane). The book was later adapted into a 1975 BBC miniseries. 

The film will be presented in 35 mm with a print borrowed and restored by 20th Century Fox, the Academy Film Archive, and UCLA Film and Television Archive with funding from the Film Foundation (Thank you Bucknell University for your assistance in obtaining this print!). 

A pre-screening reception will begin at 4:00 pm and will feature champagne (or sparkling cider) and birthday cake to mark this special milestone. Campus Theatre Board members will be on hand to welcome guests, answer questions about the Theatre and give casual tours.

Over the years, The Campus Theatre has survived with astonishingly few changes. The majority of the theatre’s original 1941 art deco architecture, murals and decor remain intact today.  For the first 60 years the Stiefel family (Harold and Jacquie) ran the Campus Theatre.  In 2001, Jacquie Stiefel sold the theatre to a film professor who started the non-profit organization - The Campus Theatre, Ltd (CTL).  In 2006, the CTL was able to purchase the building with assistance from Bucknell University and the Degenstein Foundation.   In 2011, Bucknell University and the CTL expanded their partnership through a complete renovation project to secure the future of this historic landmark. The goal of this partnership is to ensure the continued vitality of this rare community asset for generations to come.  Today, the CTL manages all theatre programming, staffing and day-to-day operations. 

Having survived economic recession, competition from TV, cable, videos, mall-based multiplexes, real estate development and above all, age, The Campus Theatre continues to be valued and supported by the community for its importance in its social, architectural, cultural and local family history while striving to maintain its position as an economic anchor for downtown Market Street.

The CTL is committed to offering diverse film programming with a healthy balance of popular, fine art and independent films and entertainment that are culturally relevant and bring understanding to contemporary concerns.

Please join us to celebrate 75 remarkable years of cinema at the Campus Theatre and stay tuned for more 75 Anniversary events throughout 2016!

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The Campus Theatre Celebrates the Oscars - start: Feb 28, 2016 06:00PM

Red Carpet Event, Formal Dress, Silent Auction, Food And Drinks, Limo Rides all leading up to showing the 88th Academy Awards on big screen. More details to come. Read More » 


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