“We owe a lot of credit to Mike Mascarenas and his staff and to ANCA for putting in the grant for the Hollywood Theatre,” Douglas said.
“The Hollywood Theatre is such a landmark in our town. I am so thrilled that $70,000 will be granted to them to switch to digital.”
Since studios will not longer deliver movies in film format after the end of the year, digital projectors are a must for theaters that want to stay in business.
Motion pictures will soon be delivered to theaters on hard drives and plugged into the projectors.
Kate Fish of ANCA and her staff, Jennifer Jubin and Melissa Hart, put in the application for the foundation.
“I am so proud to lobby and support owners Cory Hanf and Sierra Serino in this costly endeavor to switch to digital film,” Douglas said.
Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake will get $118,100 for renovations.
General Director Tony Kostecki welcomed the funds, which will help with campus improvements as they prepare for their 100th anniversary in 2015.
“It was exciting to be on the priority projects list in the first place, and to have the funds come through is very exciting,” he said.
He credits the efforts of the council, especially Co-Chairs Garry Douglas of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and Clarkson University President Dr. Anthony Collins.
“They go above and beyond for all of us,” Kostecki said.
In another arts-related grant, Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake will receive $3,360 to fund internships.
The Village of Port Henry is getting $131,311 for streetscape and business renovations.
Pride of Ticonderoga Executive Director Sharon Reynolds said that group submitted the grant application for Port Henry and will administer the funds.
“This is very, very exciting,” she said.
In addition to facade restorations, funds can be used for internal improvements, such as furnaces and electrical systems.