Tuesday, August 30, 2005

More Extreme Knitting

I did it again. I went Xtreme Knitting this weekend. This time, the venue was less risky. And it was very close to home. Next door, in fact.

The Wilton Town Hall Theatre was originally built when the Town Hall was, in 1885. At first, it hosted vaudeville performances. Some of the greats rumored to walk this stage include Sophie Tucker and George Jessel. The theatre started playing movies in 1912, becoming one of the earliest movie theaters in the country. In 1923, equipment for sound film was added, making the Town Hall Theatre one of the first to adopt the new technology.
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Folkcat Knitting on the Vaudeville Stage

With only a gap from 1966 to 1973, the year the current owner, Dennis Markaverich, took over, the Wilton Town Hall Theatre has otherwise operated continuously since 1912. Many great films have played here, and it has a reputation as one of the best art film houses in the country. It's also a little-known fact that the actual world premiere of the first Star Wars movie, back in 1977, took place right here. Yes, right here, in the Wilton Town Hall Theatre.
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Look Closely at the left - there is an audience!

For more on the history of the theatre, visit this article.

Being a film buff myself - and this being a small town - I have come to know Dennis. When I told him about the Extreme Knitting project, and my idea to knit on an original vaudeville stage in one of the oldest continuously Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fairoperating movie theaters in the country, he thought it sounded like a lot of fun. So he graciously let Gryphon and me come in Saturday afternoon. We took the pictures in front of a small audience gathering to see his weekly free Saturday Afternoon Classic. (This week was Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair.)

Oh, yes - the piece I'm working on is Wearable Hug 11. As of last night, it's over 5/6th done. I imagine I'll soon be finding out who it's for.