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Exhibit: Biggest Little Movie City: Ithaca’s Theaters Then & Now

Historic Ithaca and Wharton Studio Museum have curated a multimedia exhibit in the Atrium at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture on the Ithaca Downtown Commons, from February 1st through April 2022. The exhibit highlights and celebrates Ithaca’s rich history of moviemaking and watching. Learn about the small city that had an abundance of movie theaters in the early 20th century such as The Lyceum, The Star and the Crescent where residents flocked to get news of the day and have an escape from everyday life. The development of motion pictures and the burgeoning of the movie industry which includes the city’s own Wharton, Inc. Studios is also featured.

The exhibit will be open during TCHCs regular hours plus available on each month’s Gallery Night. February’s Gallery Night is Friday the 11th which is the make up date, due to the snowstorm on the first Friday of the month. Stay tuned to Historic Ithaca’s Facebook page to access programs in conjunction with the exhibit.

The exhibit is made possible by Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown. The hotel is built on the site of the former Strand Theatre and its Strand Café is named for the theater. Exhibit Co-Sponsors are The State Theatre in Ithaca and Cornell Cinema; and the exhibit’s Media Sponsor is Cinemapolis. I encourage you to visit all these local businesses.

Partners that made this possible include Joe Lamarre of uncommonplace for design; Pat Longoria for writing and editing; Christine O’Malley for research; and The History Center in Tompkins County.

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