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Submitted by Jane

In an attempt to keep the public and our staff as safe as possible; the Alamo Theatre has closed until further notice. The archives will remain up and operating for now as our staff is small and social distancing is fairly easy and diligent hygiene practices have been put in place for shared spaces. We will not allow visitors or customers into the archives beyond the glass entry hall and you must have an appointment or be a courier to enter. We have an area set up for picking up and dropping off film and video.


Yeah! What She said.

Submitted by Jane

“I know that I am only one of many who care about and support the Alamo Theatre. We are so fortunate to have a movie theater that not only shows the top commercial films, but also art films that you usually need to go to NYC to view.

Cases in point, "Bathtubs over Broadway" and "The Public" were two of the best movies I have seen this year. It saddened me that so few people saw these gems.

Hopefully, there will be more of these and please trust that you will be in for a surprise treat.”
- Joan Duplessis


International Maritime Film Festival announces winning films and program

Submitted by Jane

The 2nd annual International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) has announced the winning films and upcoming program. The festival will take place at the Alamo Theatre in downtown Bucksport, Maine from Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1, 2017. Tickets are available now at maritimefilmfestival.com and are available as half day, full day, and complete festival passes. Tickets will also be sold at the door, subject to availability. A final festival schedule will be released in coming weeks. IMFF is a partnership between Main Street Bucksport and WoodenBoat Publications.


A NEW production from Distribution!

Submitted by Jane

The world premiere of the latest video in our line of "Videos of Life in New England," "Working the Land: The Upper Kennebec Valley Region of Maine in the 1930s," took place earlier this month at Fryeburg Fair. It was also our best seller!


You did it!

Submitted by Jane

Not only did you raise the $50,000 we need to convert to digital projection in the Alamo Theatre, but you inspired the generosity of the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation and the Town of Bucksport to double your donations.

The projector has been ordered and a revolving fund has been set up to make much needed improvements, help provide sustainability and to support the community led, "Friends of The Alamo" as they work to expand programming.


Alamo Theatre featured in Bangor Metro

Submitted by Jane

Earlier this spring the Alamo Theatre was featured in a Bangor Metro article on vintage movie theaters in downeast and midcoast Maine. The print version featured spectacular photos of each of the theaters.  We are pleased to see our marquis as the photo for the online version of the article.


Earth Day means spring cleaning at NHF!

Submitted by Jane

Earth Day clean upFor the second year in a row, Amy and Curt Smith of Jumpstart Preschool and Daycare chose to bring their students to NHF to celebrate Earth Day. The children ranged from 3 to 13 and arrived with wagons and rakes and shovels. With the help of Frank Berry, Lisa Drake and Ray Monreal they weeded and turned over flower beds, raked bushels of leaves, moved a forest of brush and a mountain of sand.



Submitted by Jane
  1. Dead River Rough Cut: Director's Cut
  2. From Stump to Ship : A 1930 Logging Film
  3. Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine
  4. A Downeast Smile-In With Marshall Dodge
  5. Woodsmen and River Drivers: Another Day, Another Era
  6. Alone in the Wilderness
  7. Lumberjack Sky Pilot
  8. Earliest Maine Films
  9. Ice Harvesting Sampler
  10. King Spruce
  11. Dynamite Whiskey and Wood: Connecticut River Log Drives 1870-1915
  12. Northern Logging: Machines in the Woods

All of these are VERY thoughtful gifts and easy to wrap!


Rainy day update from the Fryeburg Fair

Submitted by Jane

What is a moving image archives doing at Maine's largest agricultural fair? The sign on the side of the Farm Museum states, “Old Maine Films.” We have a cozy space in the furthest corner of the museum. We are set up like a little theater. It's one of the few places on the fairgrounds where you can just come sit inside without having to buy some sort of barbecued meat.

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