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Northeast Historic Film

Exhibits are self guided and are available for viewing during our regular business hours, Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm, and during regularly scheduled movies and presentations, normally scheduled Friday and Saturday evenings and Sundays at 2 pm. The first floor exhibit area currently contains an exhibit featuring Maine Theatre images from the Q. David Bowers Postcard Collection. This collection contains over 5,000 images of theatres from all 50 states. Also featured is an exhibit of amateur filmmaking equipment from the Alan & Natalie Kattelle Collection. The Kattelle Equipment Collection is perhaps the most comprehensive of its kind in the country. Over 800 items document the the evolution of the amateur filmmaking industry from the extremely rare 1902 Vitak Projector to the camera that shot home movies of you! Ephemera from the Alamo Theatre's 90-year history is the subject of another exhibit. Photos, programs, tickets, correspondance and artifacts tell the story of this Main Street movie theater. A kiosk exhibit explores the social history of moviegoing in northern New England. This exhibit was prepared with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Throughout the space you will find rare and unusual equipment ranging from a working Mutoscope (a hand-cranked peepshow device featiromg Eve and her version of a wardrobe malfunction from 1907) to an art deco candy counter and an early carbon arc 16mm projector.

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