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To commemorate the installation of reel-to-reel projectors at the Ambler Theater, we will be hosting our First Annual 35MM Festival on April 13th and 14th. Surveying a variety of titles, the Fest will feature celluloid classics ranging from B-movie sci-fi to Hollywood staples. Join us for this two-day event dedicated to cinephiles where we celebrate the glorious return of watching films on film.

In order to recreate the theater-going experience of the golden age of cinema, each feature film will be preceded by a newsreel, trailers, a Technicolor cartoon, and other 35mm ephemera. The cartoon program will be preceded by classic children’s matinee material. Most of these films are vintage prints from the 1950s and 1960s from the DiCrescenzo Collection.

​We invite you to join us following our screening of THE DYING OF THE LIGHT for a very special in-theater demonstration of an Edison Projecting Kinetoscope by film historian and preservationist Lou DiCrescenzo, who is featured prominently in the film. Built in 1897, it is one of only a handful surviving examples of it's kind that can still be run, making this a truly once in a lifetime experience.

The screening will also be followed by a presentation honoring DiCrescenzo, as well as a discussion and Q&A with DiCrescenzo and director Peter Flynn.​

Guest of Honor: Lou DiCrescenzo
Noted film historian and preservationist, Lou DiCrescenzo has been collecting original films and projection equipment for over fifty years. Through Lou’s efforts and generosity, many rare and formerly lost films have been saved and donated to the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute where they have been copied and are now available for viewing and study.

Projection Booth Tours Get a behind-the-scenes look at our booth and our reel-to-reel Kinoton Projectors. Tours will start in the lobby and are scheduled for Fri 4/13 at 6:15pm and 6:35pm and on Sat 4/14 at 4:30pm and 5pm.