Crandell Theatre to Undergo Major Renovation Starting March 16

Dear Members and Patrons,

We are very excited to inform you that the Chatham Film Club is about to begin a major renovation of the Crandell Theatre. Beginning on March 16, we will be upgrading the heating and air conditioning system in the main auditorium. Our current ventilation system is very old and badly in need of replacement. The A/C unit is close to 50 years old and the aging blowers inside the theater are too noisy to run during a screening.

This project is a huge undertaking and unfortunately it requires that we close the Crandell for about three weeks from March 16 to April 6 (we hope to be able to reopen a little sooner).

During those three weeks we will complete Phase 1 of the project, which includes removing the existing insulation, installing closed cell spray foam insulation and installing new interior heat pumps and diffusers. To do this we need to remove the existing ceiling and then carefully recreate the historic architectural style and color of the interior using a combination of sheetrock and plaster for a new ceiling.

As you can imagine, this is a massive project with a total cost of close to $200,000. I want to thank all of you who have donated to the Chatham Film Club in the past. It’s only through your support that we are able to undertake this important upgrade and ensure going to the movies at the Crandell remains a comfortable experience for everyone.

Later in the year we will focus on Phase 2 of the project. At that time we’ll install two new roof-top compressors and a panel radiator system inside the theatre as a secondary heating system. We are still actively fundraising for this phase, which is estimated to cost $50,000 to complete. Donations to the Crandell Theatre can be made here.

We’ll keep you updated as the project progresses and set a firm re-opening date as we get closer to completing Phase 1. Thank you again for your support. Preserving the Crandell is a central part to our mission and with your help we are able to continue the work needed to ensure it remains a vital part of our community for generations to come.

- Fred Ulrich
President, Chatham Film Club