Bucksport Cinema Takes Audience Back in Time
These days, there’s plenty of places to catch a movie, whether it be on your TV, your computer, or even your phone.But a place in Bucksport takes you back to a time when it was much simpler.When you ask the people of Bucksport to ‘Remember the Alamo’ they would only tell you about an epic battle set in Texas if they had seen it in town on the big screen.”Oh, when I was a kid, Saturday night in Bucksport that was the place to be,” said local resident, Barbara Jones.The Alamo Theatre is set to rewind you to an entirely different time.”It’s the good old stuff. Old time popcorn and old time projections,” said David Weiss, the theatre’s Executive Director. It was built in 1916 and Weiss has gone to great lengths to preserve the picture the place once captured.”People didn’t have TV and they didn’t have radio, so the movies changed several times a week and everybody came,” said Weiss. The Alamo was the place to be until it shut down in the fifties.It wasn’t until Weiss wanted a place to house a business that the movie reels started turning again in Bucksport.”A funny thing happened once we like bought the building and came to town. The community pretty much just felt like it ought to be a theater.”And what better person to put on films then a man with one of the largest old movie collections in the area.”There’s about ten million feet of film and about eight thousand hours of video,” said Weiss.Kept at forty degrees in a three story vault, Weiss’ organization, Northeast Historic Films, is a record of northern New England history.”From TV stations to home movies to Hollywood, a lot of things around here have been put on film or video tape in the last 100 years, and somebody needed to keep it,” said Weiss.And here those memories will stay, tucked behind The Alamo, a place that no one seems to be able to forget.But it takes money to keep the theatre alive, and Weiss says the last couple of years have been tough.He has enlisted business sponsors to help cover some of the costs.If you’re interested in helping out, you can call 469-0924.