Category: Movies

‘Flash Gordon’ at the Palace Theatre in Albany, Jan 13


The Palace Theatre in Albany is having a special screening of the 1980 movie, ‘Flash Gordon’, tonight, January 13, at 7pm.

Although NASA scientists are claiming the unexpected eclipse and strange “hot hail” are nothing to worry about, Dr. Hans Zarkov knows better, and takes NY Jets Quarterback Flash Gordon with him into space to rectify things. They land on planet Mongo, where the despot Ming the Merciless is attacking Earth out of pure boredom. With the help of a race of Hawkmen, Flash and the gang struggle to save their home planet.

DATE/TIME: Monday, January 13, 2020 /  7pm

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Palace Theatre Box Office, or online at

LOCATION: Palace Theatre
19 Clinton Ave, Albany, NY 12207



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At The Crandell, ‘The Good Liar’, Dec 20 – 24

The Good Liar is playing this weekend, December 20 to 24, at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham.

Career con man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions. And he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes. Legendary actors Mirren and McKellen star together on screen for the first time in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live.

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Rated: R
Directed By: Bill Condon
Written By: Jeffrey Hatcher, Nicholas Searle (novel)
Runtime: 109 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema

Friday, December 20 – Monday, December 23, 2019 / 7pm
Tuesday, December 24 / 2pm

Chatham Film Club Members & Children $6.50
Non Members $7.50
Matinees, All Seats $6.50
Additional $2.00 fee for 3D

The Crandell Theatre
48 Main Street
Chatham, NY 12037



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FilmColumbia Marks Its 20th Anniversary, October 18-27

Hosted by The Crandell Theatre, FilmColumbia is an annual eight-day festival of world-class films representing major studios, independents, international films, animated features, documentaries and children’s short films.

2019 marks FilmColumbia’s 20th anniversary, with nearly 60 films, including new releases from acclaimed directors Noah Baumbach, Alex Gibney, Ken Loach, Terrence Malick and the late Agnes Varda, and lauded performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Isabelle Huppert, Scarlett Johansson, Clive Owen, Michael Shannon, Marisa Tomei and Alfre Woodard, among many others.

Schedule includes winners of five major awards at Cannes, inluding the Palme d’Or, and major movies screened at the Toronto, New York, Venice, Berlin, Telluride and Sundance Film Festivals.

For the fourth consecutive year, the festival will present a special tribute to an acclaimed artist with ties to Columbia County. This year’s honoree is producer, distributor, writer and director James Schamus, who has been a key player in the independent filmmaking world for 30 years. FilmColumbia 2019 will honor Schamus on October 18-19 with film screenings, a Q&A and a special benefit reception.

Click/tap here for more about the events and movies. The complete FilmColumbia 2019 schedule is available now at

DATES/TIMES: Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 27, 2019
Movies are screened throughout the days and evenings

Movies are shown in three locations in Chatham Village (Chatham, NY 12037):
The Crandall Theater (48 Main Street)
Tracy Memorial Village Hall (77 Main Street)
Morris Memorial (17 Park Row)

Crandell Theatre Members: $11
General Public $13

EVENING FILMS (5pm onwards, Crandell Theatre only)
Crandell Theatre Members: $14
Non-Memberships $17

Gold Pass (Access to all films and events, except Kick-Off Party)
Members: $220
General Public: $275

All Film Pass (Access to films only, does not include events)
Members: $200
General Public $250

Children’s International Film Program (Saturday, October 26, 10:30am) – Free

After School Filmmaking Project (Sunday, October 27, 11:00am) – Free

Makers on Main Street, Thursday, October 24, 4:30-6:30 pm, Main St. -$15 plus $2 drinks

Friday Night Pub Party at People’s Pub, Friday, October 25, 10pm- Free, Cash Bar

Art of Film Editing with Bob Eisenhardt, Saturday, October 26, 10am-12pm, Tracy Memorial, $15

Blue Plate, Post-Sneak Party, Saturday, October 27, 10:15 pm – $15/Cash Bar

For more information, including online ticket purchases, visit


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James Franco’s ‘The Pretenders’ to Premiere at the Palace Theatre in Albany, Oct 5

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The Palace Theatre along with Film Albany is excited to roll out the red carpet for the Capital Region premiere of James Franco’s THE PRETENDERS on Saturday, October 5.  Filming for THE PRETENDERS took place in 2016 throughout Albany and the Capital Region including the Palace Theatre.

Directed by James Franco, the drama, written by Will Patterson and Jesse Woods – stars Jack Kilmer (The Nice Guys), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), Shameik Moore (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse), Tyler Alvarez (American Vandal), Brian Cox (X2: X-Men United), Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow), Juno Temple (Maleficent) and James Franco.

Life imitates deadly art as French New Wave obsessed film student Terry (Jack Kilmer) and his best friend, the smooth talking Phil (Shameik Moore) are both seduced by mysterious actress Catherine (Jane Levy). The longer they know each other, the more they realize they don’t truly know the real Catherine. After years of sex, betrayal, and collateral damage, the three careen into a lifestyle that leaves one of them fighting for their life.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 /  7pm (movie begins) doors open at 6pm.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Palace Theatre Box Office, online at or by phone at 518-465-4663.

Palace Theatre
19 Clinton Ave, Albany, NY 12207



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Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise Of Skywalker – Official Teaser Trailer

File this is the Way Beyond Columbia County category. As a life-long Star Wars fan, and movie-buff, I like to share the latest trailers for the Star Wars movies. After watching the following, I’m already excited for when this opens at The Crandell.



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