I’ve been hearing a number of comments lately about “Casablanca” being screened at the Community Theatre at downtown Fairfield. People seem excited that the little non-profit cinema is inclined the screen classic films.
That approach is part of what the volunteers who run that iconic two-screener are taking to keep the organization afloat. Leo Redgate, who has been running the theater for the last nine years, wrote this plea in the Fairfield Citizen. I’ll cut to the chase:
“If we cannot raise a substantial amount of money soon, it will be clear to me that closing the theater may be the only option,” Redgate warns. “It is time for our community to show that they want it to stay open and are willing to support us. If they are not willing, I cannot justify keeping the institute open.”
There was just a wee bit of panic in the air when the theater first threatened closure. Losing the Fairfield Store was a recent memory, and it seemed downtown would lack any kind of centerpiece.
Now Redgate introduces the Community Film Club. For $150 a year, you’re not just helping the foundation’s cash flow. You gain access to private screenings and free admission to regular screenings.
I have to admit I’m one of the guilty parties too lazy or inept to make it to the theater, and I’m intolerant of people who kick my chair or otherwise misbehave. My plasma TV, that gets Turner Classic Movies in high-def, seduces me. But I gotta get out more.
That new Old Post Tavern next door looks promising, Colony Grill is bringing their famed hot-oil pizza to town, and Molto is pretty cool, too (despite their shockingly horrible pizza). But downtown won’t be very well rounded if it’s all restaurants. (Even Borders bookstore, in financial straits itself, seems to have its greatest success in the cafe.) I’m going to have to get back in the movie theater habit.
Maybe a membership lure me away from my sofa.