The Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre site–a cultural treasure in the centre of Wolfville for 100 years–has consistently enriched the lives of both Town and Valley residents as a home to theatre, cinema, music of all kinds, dance, educational and community happenings and much much more.
The Acadia Cinema Coopertive Ltd. (ACC) is marking the occasion this year, 2011, with pride, memories and, of course, excellent entertainment.
The ACC ‘s 100th Anniversary Committee of Maxine Barrett, Tim Fisk, Donna Holmes, Karen Malim, Isabel Madeira-Voss and Al Whittle, aided by the ACC’s PR Committee of Pam Ackerman, Susan Hauer and Nancy Saul-Demers, and the creative designing of Steven Slipp, Heidi Kalyani and Bill Zimmerman, has been hard at work to help the ACC to “strut our stuff”.
The kickoff event that got things rolling on April 16 was a classic award-winning silent film The General, starring Buster Keaton (1926). Appropriately, gifted local musician Krissy Keech accompanied.
Broken Leg Theatre is up next on the official 100th Calendar—June 18, at 8 pm. Save the date and see what Donna Holmes and her team have cooking for the 100th Celebrations!
Committee members have also pulled together a modest array of 100th Celebration Souvenirs, including stainless steel travel mugs (sporting-an-ACC/100th-logo, to help green the Al Whittle Theatre and cut back on disposable cups) and reproductions (poster and postcard) of Dianne Thompson-Sheppard’s charming water colour.
Historic displays are in the works for Jack’s Gallery and the Wolfville Library thanks largely to Ken Bezanson of Port Williams who has generously loaned us his extensive collection of theatre memorabilia through the years for this purpose, as has Al Whittle, former manager of the theatre for 47 years. A seven-foot tall Pink Panther might also decide to make an appearance in the lobby at some point during the festivities. For now, a quick summary is available for history buffs of the past 100 years on the site where the Acadia Cinema Coop’s Al Whittle Theatre now flourishes.
And watch for dates and descriptions of future 100th Anniversary events in the media, on posters, in the theatre’s calendar window, web sites and listed here:
100th Anniversary events coming soon!
June 18: Broken Leg Theatre
September 3: Night Kitchen Centennial
September 17: Fundy Film – The Wizard of Oz
October 29: The Train Show or Gary Ness and the Mud Creek Boys – An Evening of Images, Stories and Songs about the Dominion Atlantic Railway
Now, let’s sink that mortgage!
It’s our theatre site’s Centenary Celebration year 1911–2011. Wouldn’t it be grand to sink the ACC mortgage by the year’s end? A New Equity Tax Credit Registration will be in place on July 1, 2011 and will extend to February 28, 2012. Get the whole scoop! Or, when you’re ready to buy, here’s the form!