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Pied Piper Malone Developments

January 1, 2006 - Georgetown - There were 132 titles throughout Pied Piper Malone explaining the various developments in the plot. The problem was that they were all in Russian. With the help of a former translator from the Library of Congress, all titles were converted to English. Marty Tennant, the PC Doctor in Georgetown, is editing the film to replace the Russian titles with titles in English. He will also convert the film to NTSC format. Plans are underway for a re-premiere of Pied Piper Malone at the Strand Theatre in Georgetown in the spring. The Strand Theatre was built on the site of the old Princess Theatre where the film was first shown in 1924. Attending will be at least two of the "extras" who appeared in the film. Relatives of some other local people who appeared in the film will also attend. Anyone interested in attending this event should contact Debby Summey, Director of the Georgetown County Museum at (843) 545-7020.

Garden Theatre in Charleston

January 1, 2006 - Charleston - We want to offer our gratitude to Andre Van Parys, a seventh-grade student in Charleston, for his sincere and insightful letter to the editor of The Post and Courier, December 24, 2005. In the letter, Van Parys says, "This is not the Garden Theatre. It is a national chain that has taken over the Garden Theatre. What you see is more of a shadow of the Garden Theatre." We agree with Andre's conclusion that, "The Garden Theatre is a historic building that will never be the same again." The Garden Theatre opened in 1918. It closed permanently in 2003 when the City of Charleston did not renew its lease on the building. In November, 2005, Urban Outfitters, an international retail chain, opened at the location after major renovation.

Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia

January 1, 2006 - Columbia - The Columbia Film Society, which operates the Nickelodeon Theatre, is hoping to move into the former Fox Theatre at 1607 North Main Street. The Fox Theatre closed in 1987, but retains many of its architectural elements from the time it opened in 1938 as the State Theatre. The Columbia Film Society was founded in 1979 as a non-profit organization to present alternative films and sponsor media arts events and educational programs. They screen over 100 films each year at the Nickelodeon Theatre at 937 Main Street. We are excited for The Columbia Film Society and wish them success in bringing movies back to one of Columbia's Main Street movie houses. For more information on the Nickelodeon Theatre and The Columbia Film Society, visit their web site at http://www.nickelodeon.org/.

Pied Piper Malone Returns to Georgetown

December 1, 2005 - Debbie Summey, Director of the Georgetown County Museum, received the DVD copy of Pied Piper Malone this morning from Technovid in Moscow, Russia. Because it is in the PAL format, used in most of Europe, we have not been able to view it. Debblie will view it on a computer using Windows Media Player later today and let us know its condition. We will have it converted to the NTSC format, used in the USA, as soon as possible.

The film was shot in 1923, mostly in Georgetown. The story called for many children to act as "extras" in various scenes. Local children were chosen to appear. Mrs. Mildred Higgins was one of those children. She is looking forward to seeing the film again after 81 years. Click Here to see our earlier story about the making of Pied Piper Malone in Georgetown.

The Georgetown County Historical Society, which operates the museum, paid the archive in Moscow to pull the inter negative, restore it, and transfer it to DVD. They are accepting contributions to help offset the cost and make the DVD available for public viewing at the museum. You can contact the museum at (843) 545-7020. The Georgetown County Museum is located at 632 Prince Street in Georgetown, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Belton to Celebrate its 150th Anniversary

On November 27, 2005, Cory Carpenter, who has been commissioned to develop a DVD for the 150th anniversary of Belton, SC, asked us to provide photographs and information on Belton's old movie theatres. Allison Darby is the producer of the project and author of several books on Belton. We hope the material we provided will help.

Spatial Segregation

December 1, 2005 - Dr. Robert Weyeneth, a history professor at the University of South Carolina is writing a book describing the physical public spaces provided to people and how those spaces differed for whites and African Americans during segregation. We discussed the differences between the white and African American experiences at local movie theatres. There were separate entrances and sometimes separate ticket booths during segregation.

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