The Appalachian Theatre documentary
Documentarian Philip Arnold, who lives in Ohio but has deep roots in Boone and Watauga County, has been working with us for several years on a documentary that will be screened at the new Appalachian Theatre shortly after it opens. The film incorporates excerpts from dozens of hours of oral history interviews conducted by the Archives and History Committee of the ATHC, as well as archival images and footage. While editing of the film is still in progress, Philip has graciously allowed us to share these rough cuts with you.
"1950 fire" clip
The devastating fire of January 21, 1950, forever altered the Appalachian Theatre. In this clip, locals who were there that day discuss how the fire started and how they escaped without injury.
This clip covers the importance of the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad, locally known as "Tweetsie," to Boone generally and the Appalachian Theatre in particular.
Rough Cut: "Newsreel" Clip
In this clip, local residents and historians discuss the importance of the theater newsreel as a source of news in the mid-20th century, as well as its influence on cinema offerings.
All clips are ©Philip Arnold, 2014-2018.