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The Grand Old Lady (2007)

Video  -  Documentary  -  6 May 2007 (USA)
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The Westmont Theatre has been a local icon in a quiet suburban New Jersey town for over 80 years. Called, "The Grand Old Lady" the theater building,long closed and decaying, is now at the ... See full summary »

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Brent J. Donaway ...
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Allen Hauss ...
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William B. Brahms ...
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Bill Esher ...
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Bill Lance ...
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Louise Esher ...
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Larry Cellucci ...
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John Bonder ...
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Nancy Heilder ...
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Stan Levinthal ...
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Wayne Chang ...
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Doug Kelly ...
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Sandy Grear ...
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Jay Grear ...
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James Gullo ...
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The Westmont Theatre has been a local icon in a quiet suburban New Jersey town for over 80 years. Called, "The Grand Old Lady" the theater building,long closed and decaying, is now at the center of talks of redevelopment and possible demolition. This is the last chance for her to tell her story before she dies. Few are aware of the theater's impact on the life and career of Steven Spielberg and Michael Landon, or how she effected and played a part in history of other major films including The Exorcist and Kramer v. Kramer. A boarded up time capsule, a relic of a day of bygone old vaudeville-movie theater palaces, her story is captured by a curious filmmaker, Brent J. Donaway, who grew up in the shadow of the theater, but was too young to have set foot in the inside when films were last shown there two decades ago. Donaway has a tour guide, a older seasoned veteran of working inside this and other local theaters. They track down projectionists, ushers, ticket sellers, moviegoers from ... Written by Donaway, Brent J.

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6 May 2007 (USA)  »

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The "Grand Old Lady" really is grand!
5 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

For a young filmmaker Brent Donaway excellently portrayed the history of this wonderful old vaudeville/film theater. It was exciting to see "behind the scenes" of this long closed building. Brent was very fair in showing both the beauty of the Westmont Theatre during its earlier days and the facade of ugliness it now has from its neglect. Despite its recent sadness, Brent offers hope for its future. His range of interviews of the local people most affected by the Westmont Theatre were both informative and poignant. Not only is the film moving for the residents of Westmont, New Jersey, but also for anyone who cares about movie houses, film history, and/or historical preservation. Kudos, Brent, I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.


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