After my visit to the Garrett Museum of Art, I walked across the street to check out the oldest movie Cinema in DeKalb County, dating back to 1939! The Silver Screen Cinema has been remodeled twice since Bruce Babbitt’s ownership in 1974, but it has been preserved with still having lots of character to enjoy! I ran into the owner, Bruce, and asked about his favorite cinema memories and he mentioned, “the attention and traffic some of the bigger pictures brought, such as Star Wars, E.T., and Titantic.” The cinema even held a rock concert plus high school plays over the years. It is one of the last few remaining single screen theaters in Indiana with having just one movie typically playing at the theater, which is changed every 1-3 weeks. The theater has a nice home-town feel with lots of character in the building you must see for yourself. It is operated like an old fashioned theater, and kept simple. It was mentioned the theater was featured in a book of photography and history titled “Indiana” I will have to check that out when the Traveling Suitcase makes its way to check out the libraries of DeKalb County.
Favorite picks of my experience: Reasonable ticket prices ($4 or less!), no commercials, and I can’t forget the popcorn!
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With the changes coming possibly soon forcing conversion to Digital Projection will the Silver Screen Cinema become just a piece of history?
Digital Conversion can cost close to $70,000. This conversion would have to take place just to stay in business, but Bruce would continue to make the same money he does now. He also owns the Auburn-Garrett Drive-In and said he would more likely keep that open verse the Garrett Cinema. He will continue to keep operating until he is forced to convert, which is rumored to be the end of year. Many business community members and the Mayor came to Bruce and are running a campaign “Keep the Lights On” for the Kendallville Theater he also owns.
How could DeKalb County keep the Cinema and/or the Drive-In alive?
Read more about digital projection changes in an article titled “For Small Theaters The Digital Future Is Dark.” http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-02-16/for-small-theaters-the-digital-future-is-dark
Silver Screen Cinema in downtown Garrett, IN ~