Before the 1920s, many movies were set in the north woods, the Northwest, and beyond the trees to the Arctic. These popular snow pictures were adventures set in a hearty north land and are now largely forgotten in favor of Westerns. This online exhibit was created in connection with Northeast Historic Film's silent film festival, North Woods Dramas, in 2002. For more on the festival, see Moving Image Review, Summer 2002. Clara Bow in Mantrap (1926) was a highlight.
Selections from the Q. David Bowers Postcard Collection amplify the cinema history experience. This collection contains over 5,000 images of theaters from all 50 states. About 75 Bowers postcards are on display in the lobby of the Alamo Theatre.
A 40-foot mural in the Alamo Theatre auditorium depicts the evolution of buildings where movies were shown, from seaside casinos to a mall multiplex. Here is some background on the mural.
Exhibits in Bucksport at the Alamo Theatre
- Items from the Alamo Theatre's 94-year history on display in the lobby include photos, programs, tickets, correspondence and artifacts that tell the story of our Main Street cinema.
- A kiosk prepared for a traveling exhibition, Going to the Movies in Northern New England, explores aspects of the social history of moviegoing. A further 16 panels are in storage, and may be rented for display in your organization.
- Throughout the space you will find equipment such as a coin-operated Mutoscope (a hand-cranked peepshow device featuring a woman unwinding her costume), an art deco candy counter, and an early carbon arc 16mm projector.
- Also featured is an exhibit of amateur filmmaking equipment from the Alan & Natalie Kattelle Collection. The Kattelle Collection is perhaps the most comprehensive of its kind in the country. Over 800 items document the the evolution of the amateur filmmaking industry from the extremely rare 1902 Vitak Projector to the camera that shot home movies of you! A case in the lobby displays about a dozen items.
Exhibits are self guided and are available for viewing during our regular business hours, usually 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and around the time when we show popular movies, normally scheduled Friday and Saturday evenings and Sundays at 2 p.m.
On the Road
We tour schools, shopping malls, agricultural fairs, and other public spaces. Each Fall we exhibit for a week in the Farm Museum at the Fryeburg Fair in Fryeburg, Maine. Come by and see us. Read more about the Fryeburg Fair.