A small island cinema in Maine offers a wide array of classic films, from classic silent movies to thrillers, but only on special days.
The Maine Theater in Augusta offers a special date and time each week, starting Oct. 1.
It’s not a new idea; The Maine Theater is the only Maine theater to offer the special date.
The theater is a small, two-story building that sits just outside of town.
Its owner, George E. DeSantis Jr., started making movies at a young age, playing with a homemade projector and the power of film on film.
He loved it.
So in 1989, DeSantes sold the theater and his equipment to his wife, Carol, who worked as a teacher in the town.
In 2002, he opened The Maine Theatre and Cinemas, which is now the oldest cinema in the United States.
The theater is also the only one in the country to serve as a “film and television” museum.
The first movie the Maine Theater has shown was a 1950 classic called “A Clockwork Orange.”
The movie was the first film he made and his wife Carol even made the title character’s voice.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the theater became a film and television hub for Maine filmmakers.
There were more than 50 movies and television shows shown there, including “Cape Fear,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Battleship Potemkin” and many others.
The Maine theater has been called the birthplace of American independent filmmaking.
The museum has two separate rooms, one with a movie theater and another with a theater.
It has a small bar and bar area, a small library and a gift shop.
The movie theater also hosts a weekly film screening.
You can find more information on the Maine theater at www.maine-movie-lamp.com.