to be housed in former Fox Theater in Columbia, SC
May 1, 2006 - Columbia,
The Fox Theater building on Main Street in Columbia,
SC, has been purchased by the Columbia Film Society/Nickelodeon
Theatre. Plans call for studies followed by fund-raising, followed
by a move for the popular Nickelodeon Theatre into the space of the
former Fox Theater. To read about this exciting development, go to http://www.nickelodeon.org/fox.php
We, at scmovietheatres.com, wish the Nickelodeon much success.
Lost Film - "Miss Jewett and the Baker Family"
May 1, 2006 - Florence,
Roger K. Hux, Reference Librarian at Francis Marion University in Florence,
wrote to us asking if we could help him locate a very rare short film
made in 1899. G.W. “Billy” Bitzer filmed a documentary entitled
“Miss Jewett and the Baker Family” about
a young Boston white woman who escorted the surviving family members
of a South Carolina lynching victim back to Boston. The film is listed
on the Internet Movie Database and in the catalog of the American Film
Institute. The AFI Catalog online lists the duration (In feet) as 28
or 153. The film was produced by the American Mutoscope and Biograph
Co. The bibliographic sources listed were AMB Picture Catalogue, p.
242, and BPL, pp. 24-25.
The lynching victim
was Frazier Baker, an African-American postmaster who was lynched in
Lake City, South Carolina in 1898. A Federal trial in Charleston in
April 1899 resulted in a mistrial. Miss Lillian Clayton Jewett came
south in August 1899 and took the family back by train to Boston. Her
efforts drew nationwide attention, but her campaign to stop lynching
floundered because the North was in no mood to fight another war and
many were concerned about her motives.
Mr. Hux has written
an article about the case which appeared in the Historical Journal
of Massachusetts. We appreciate any information about this film.
We will pass along any information we receive to Mr. Hux.
Prepares Thesis Project on Anderson Theatres
May 1, 2006 - Hemmingway,
Abbey Coker is currently working on her Masters Degree in Public History
at UNC-Charlotte. It is understandable that she has chosen the Anderson
Theatres as the subject for her thesis. Her great grandfather
was Harry S. Anderson, owner of the Anderson Theaters in the South Carolina.
Part of Abbey's project will be an online exhibit about the Anderson
Theaters of Hemmingway and Kingstree.
Still Searching for Lost Film: "The Power of Love"
May 1, 2006 - Conway,
Tom Reesor continues his search for the 1922 stereo film, "The
Power of Love." This 3-D film was made by Perfect Studio
in 1922 using the Fairhall-Elder stereoscopic process. Two strips of
film were shot. They were shown using two projectors that were mechanically
linked. Archives that have been contacted so far include, The George
Eastman House in Rochester, New York, Gosfilmofond in Moscow, Goethe
Institute and Amsterdam Filmmuseum in the Netherlands, and the British
Universities Film and Video Council in London. All have graciously responded
but without finding a copy of the film. We will continue to help Mr.
Reesor look for "The Power of Love." Anyone with information,
please contact us here. Email