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Still photographs capture vintage West Shore Theater

Linked in/Neat stuff: Leroy, the lake monster/Sound editing Emmy
Cross the steel bridge (rare nowadays) that spans York and Cumberland counties, and you’ll be at the West Shore Theater quicker than you can watch a movie trailer. So New Cumberland’s West Shore – like Glen Rock’s Glen Theatre and other area community movie houses – hasn’t solved the conversion to digital yet. York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Chris Dunn played on the challenge facing the West Shore in creating still photos to go with a story about the 1940s theater. ‘Spotted this wall art (with a $6 price sticker!), sitting up against the wall in a one-screen movie theater’s projection room,’ she wrote on Yorkblog.com’s ‘Look’ blog. ‘The theater owner is in a tough spot: He needs to convert to digital, which affects not just the projectors but also the screen and the audio setup; the studios won’t send him the blockbuster movies until they’ve had their run in the larger theaters, which limits his show time before those movies come out on DVD; he’s kept prices low (the most expensive ticket is $4, and a jumbo popcorn is $5ish), which hardly keeps him in the black anyway. So I thought this wall art was appropriate … in an optimistic way.’ Nicely done, Chris. Also of interest: West Shore Theater offers a steps back in time .
The West Shore marquee beckons moviegoers, as it has for about 75 years. More photos and story: West Shore.

More neat stuff from all over … .

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society always seems to put forth interesting programs that tempt you east across the Susquehanna.

Highlighting research interests of historians under 30, a LMHS news release states, the society’s 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, meeting at Lancaster’s James Street Mennonite Church with presentations by Mennonite students about orthodoxy and diversity, Amish Mennonite theological shifts, and martyr music.

Nathan Hershberger, of Harrisonburg, Va., will speak on “The Fox and the King: Heresy, Orthodoxy, and the Work of Christ in Irenaeus’s Against the Heresies.” Javan U. Lapp, a native of Lancaster County, will present about “The Transformation of Amish Mennonite Identity: Revivalism and Changing Paradigms of Spirituality in the Twentieth Century.” Anna Showalter, a native of Waynesboro, will speak about “We Want to Tell with Singing”: The Music of Martyrs.”

Don’t simply the names of those topics just make you want to know more? That’s how they affect me.

Another award winner from York: Jason Crane, with York County roots, has won a Creative Arts Emmys for sound editing.

History mystery person: So this person won an Emmy for costume design some years ago. Here’s the question adapted from the History Mystery series on the YDR’s FB page: A sketch by an Oscar-winning costume designer from Hanover is part of that borough’s historical society. The award-winning designer created the sketch for Meryl Streep in ‘Mama Mia.’ Who is this Emmy awardee from Hanover, whose credits include ‘The English Patient.’ (Answer is here.)
OK, this is a little goofy for this blog, but eye-catching stuff around York County often bears exploring. Such as this one at Lake Marburg: Leroy the lake monster has been sighted.