Chenango Arts Council, library to offer free movies


NORWICH, NY (WBNG) – Thanks to a partnership between the Chenango Arts Council and the Guernsey Memorial Library in Norwich, there could be a chance to see a film on the big screen again this winter.

After the success of “Movies in the Park” launched by the library, thanks to their partnership, they decided to continue the event all winter. Chenango Arts Council Executive Director Alecia Oneill spoke about the importance of events like this in the community “It’s really great to be able to provide a safe place, we do social distancing, we provide masks and I think it’s really important to have especially in the winter time.

Oneill said due to the size of their theater they have the capacity to show movies and keep everyone socially distanced. “It’s a great theater, and we’re very happy to have a surge capacity to show films here.”

Before becoming Mayor of the City of Norwich, Brian Doliver spent his time working at the Guernsey Memorial Library. He helped in the process of setting up the film series and continues that help today.

“We started with our films in the park and it was very successful and we just wanted to continue and we started collaborating with Counsel the Arts with the Halloween team in October and it was very successful,” said he declared. Doliver mentioned that holidays such as Valentine’s Day are also included in their schedule under various themed parties.

According to Doliver, the process of selecting which movies to watch helps intrigue all audiences and moviegoers. “Sometimes we pick a movie or two that’s an older movie, we also try to come up with something a little bit unique that maybe everyone hasn’t seen, which is kind of cool. So we bring people there for some of that. And of course we’ll play a movie that everyone knows but hasn’t seen on the big screen and I think that’s a good idea.

The Norwich film series continues each Wednesday at 7.00pm at the Chenango Arts Council’s Martin Kappel Theater (27 W Main Street, Norwich). The series is set to wrap March 19 at the Colonia Theater with the screening of “Adventures of Robin Hood.”

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