Schoharie Promotional Association

Movies on Main Street

The free outdoor movies were a major attraction in the Village of Schoharie from 1917-1942, drawing thousands of people from all over the area. The outdoor film series came to a conclusion with World War II, but there will be a re-creation on June 8, including a screening of the surviving reel of “The Awakening of Helena Richie” starring Ethel Barrymore. On Thursday night the Village will be transformed back to 1917, with vintage automobiles, chairs for sale, a screen in front of the County office building, popcorn, and cotton candy. The festivities begin at 7 pm.

Those who remember the movies have described them as “bringing the community together”, and that’s our aim, too. A community celebration will be held on Saturday, June 10, beginning at 5 pm, with a car show, antique radio exhibit, beer trail tasting, garden club flower arrangements, historic displays, food vendors, and many local organizations participating. Another outdoor movie will be shown at 9 pm.

Dwight Grimm, co-owner of the Greenville Drive-in created a short video, “Under the Stars” which details the history of the movies. You may view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97AcFL9k43k. 
 
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