MARGARETVILLE – An open house at the historic Galli-Curci Theatre in Margaretville August 27 and 28 will allow visitors to see an exhibit on the theatre’s history, view silent movies and leave their own remembrances on the Memory Wall.
The landmark building on Main Street, marking its 100th anniversary, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 to 4 Sunday. A reception and concert Saturday evening will feature vocalist Gina Hanzlik accompanied by pianist Felix Jarrar in a tribute to opera star Amelita Galli-Curci for whom the theatre is named. Tickets ($10) can be reserved at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the open house, the public is welcome to walk beneath the marquee into the 1922 theatre, grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy a continuous showing of silent movies of a sort that would have been screened in the early years of the entertainment hub.
A new exhibit on view for the weekend details the life and contributions of Clarke Sanford, the publisher and entrepreneur who had the building constructed; the career of diva Galli-Curci who sang at the theatre’s opening and again at its one-year anniversary celebration; and the building itself, which served as a community focal point.
For more than six decades, movies, traveling shows, graduations, lectures, special observances, and in later years, rock concerts were held there. For several years in the 1980s it was an antiques emporium. Visitors are encouraged to add notes about favorite movies, special events, first dates and other recollections to the Memory Wall.
For more information on the Galli-Curci Theater Centennial, call 845-586-4689.