Cinema Arts Vital to Downtown
A vibrant downtown needs the arts. Ask anyone in Huntington, where the Cinema Arts Centre lures visitors, who then spend money at restaurants and shops. A study conducted by the Long Island Association indicates that arts organizations generate more than 3,000 jobs on the Island, with annual payrolls of almost $150 million.
Panelists from a Sustainable LI, special preview screening of the documentary Suburban America: Problems & Promise” lead a dynamic and thought-provoking discussion about local issues in economic development, environmental health, and social equity.
Photo credit: Sustainable Long Island
The Cinema almost went extinct when digital technologies accelerated, making traditional 35mm projection systems obsolete.
“Without the digital equipment, we would have had to close for the simple reason that we would no longer have had the technical ability to show new movies,” explains Dylan Skolnick, the Cinema’s co-director.
The Cinema received private and state support for the campaign; with a $20,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation, they closed a gap. In total they raised $165,000 required to purchase digital projection equipment. “The Cinema uses the power of film to create a sense of community around important issues like the environment, social justice, and human rights,” says Mary Beth Guyther, program officer at the Long Island Community Foundation.