Kathy Staab bought the Jane Pickens Theatre in Newport, Rhode Island in 2004, initially simply as an investment while still active in her long and successful career in fashion and retail. Over the years she had held various merchandising executive positions at Brookstone (Gardeners Eden), Talbots, Jordan Marsh and Macy’s where she developed a clear sense of current trends and customer demands. When exactly the theatre became not simply an investment but her passion is unclear but today she’s using all the skills she learned in retail to revitalize and remake one of the oldest theatres in North America.
Staab said the challenge is to “not just show films but create experiences for our clientele. The goal is to make our events memorable and unique in their presentation, approach and/or mix of media. And we try to never take ourselves too seriously as we build events that inspire, challenge or make the experience just plain fun. Our objective is also to utilize this historic building as a tool for fundraising for a variety of non-profit causes within our community.”
SOURCE: Digital Cinema Report
Daffodillion Bulb Giveaway at The JPT This Week
Daffodil bulbs at The JPT?
Daffodillion, fast approaching its goal of having 1 million daffodils blooming throughout Newport, is once again distributing free daffodil bulbs to Newport residents and businesses. Free Daffodil bulbs will be distributed at The JPT Monday October 17th to Thursday October 20th from 4:00 to 7:00.
The complimentary packets of 2 dozen bulbs have a retail value of nearly $20.
Art House Theater Day
Art House Theater Day is our industry's very own celebration of the physical venues where film lovers can share in their mutual love of cinema. A very special all day event!
Art House Theater Day will celebrate the cultural role that The JPT plays in our community. We also plan to educate the public on a national scale about what it means to be an art house theater: fostering film appreciation, supporting emerging artists, and exhibiting independent and original filmmaking. Art House Theater Day (AHTD) is modeled after Record Store Day, a wildly successful consumer holiday that is a driving force behind the recent vinyl resurgence. With parties, live performances, and limited-edition items incentivizing massive attendance, Record Store Day reminds patrons of the vitality of their local record stores, and of the value of having a local, brick-and-mortar space to connect with music and their community. The Art House Convergence, an international consortium of independent, community-based, mission-driven movie theaters, is pleased to announce the first Art House Theater Day, taking place on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Over 160 theaters will participate in this nationwide celebration of the cultural and community growth that art house theaters promote.
Art House Theater Day
Saturday, September 24th, 2016
Kudos from the Newport Stylephile!
The Bevvies: The Pickens is the only theater town serving up craft cocktails, so while you can opt for a trusty Mojito or Dark n' Stormy, consider one of their specials like the Pom Fresco (vodka, cucumber, pomegranate, Prosecco and fresh lemon), Jane Pickens (gin, Pimm's, lavender and fresh lime), Gotham City (barrel aged Manhattan), Selma (tequila, habanero, cilantro, grapefruit and fresh lime) or the Sailor's Cider (Newport's own Thomas Tew Rum with cider). Me? I chose a simple split of Prosecco. Cheers!
SOURCE: Newport Stylephile