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nicholasthaw commented about Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Apr 18, 2015 at 12:29 pm

I was projectionist here in the early ‘80’s. I can testify that Al Schwartz ran this place perfectly. Picture and sound, concession, everything. Amazing. Perhaps Al is still around?

nicholasthaw commented about Amherst Cinema Arts Center on Apr 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm

In the early ‘80’s I was District Manager for Western Mass Theatres, and this was one of mine. (I was manager at the Calvin in Northampton at the time.) I redesigned the newspaper ads to look like a ransom note, because the theatre was so edgy. Still, it was a great place and I have many fond memories…

nicholasthaw commented about Calvin Theatre on Apr 18, 2015 at 12:20 pm

I was the manager of the Calvin in the early ‘80’s. It was great! Dollar house, double features:(“Deliverance” & “Porky’s”: “Squeal like a pig” read the marquee.) We did the best we could with renovations, but there was no money… Great memories…

nicholasthaw commented about Lenox Town Hall Theatre on Apr 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm

The Lenox Town Hall Cinema, “A Theater Near You”, was renovated in 1980 with fixed cinema seats and both 35mm and 16mm projectors purchased from the closed Toad Hall Cinema at the Music Inn. Sound and picture were admittedly awful, but we tried very hard. Largest grossing film was the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Management (in various combinations) previously operated both Toad Hall and the Holliston Art Theater in Lenox, with support from Pleasant Street in Northampton, the Pittsfield Drive In (!), and various art cinemas in Cambridge and indeed throughout the northeast (we had quite a network then).