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By Amelia Arvesen, Staff Writer Times Call
As the Longmont Theatre Company's blue and red marquee lights illuminate more frequently nowadays, the crowds keep getting bigger and bigger, Board of Director's President Faye Lamb said.
"And they're still coming," she said.
In addition to its 60th season of live stage productions, the company has begun showing a handful of movies with plans to bring in live music performances and other entertainment possibilities — examples of the theater's revival since Lamb was brought on as president in June 2016.
Lamb said the company housed at 513 Main St. recently purchased a full-size movie screen using about $4,500 in donations. She said the theater still needs about $4,000 for sound equipment and the installation of the screen before it can be self-sufficient at showings.
"In the meantime, we're showing movies and we're using those funds to put into the kitty for this project," Lamb said.
The next showing — using borrowed screening and sound equipment — is a double feature this Saturday: at 4 p.m., the 1941 comedy drama, "Meet John Doe," and at 7 p.m., the 1942 American romantic drama, "Casablanca," with locally-produced shorts shown before each feature.
It will be followed by the live productions of "Other Desert Cities" in March and "Monty Python's Spamalot" in May.
Longmont Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Kimberlee McKee said the downtown venue has always been a gem, but adding to the scheduling makes it more accessible to the community.
"Having the Longmont Theater Company add movies fulfills a long-term goal and vision that the community has asked for in the Downtown Longmont Creative District," she said. "A variety of entertainment options builds an active and vibrant atmosphere, complementing the existing shopping, dining and creative-based businesses."