Renew the Orpheum
Revive the classic Orpheum Theatre and connect the community
Upstate Films has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds to restore the Orpheum Theater in Saugerties.
Built in 1908, the Orpheum served as the region’s main gathering place — as a roller rink, vaudeville house and a multipurpose space, and then in 1918, a movie theater. Upstate Films has purchased the theater and now we are embarking upon a phased renovation.
Your donation helps us improve our safety systems, upgrade our utilities, plumbing and electric, solve some environmental issues and spruce up the lobby, bathrooms and entrances. In 2022 and 2023, we’ll continue our renovations, including repair of the classic marquee and conversion of the largest space into a multi-use theater.
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To support public health, Upstate Films’ indoor screenings will be limited to fully vaccinated patrons starting Wednesday, 8/25. We will now require proof of COVID-19 vaccination, paired with valid photo identification, for all screenings and events. Our staff is fully vaccinated, as well.
Proof of vaccination may include your vaccination card, a legible copy of the card on your phone, or the New York State Excelsior Pass, paired with your photo ID. Both of these documents must be presented to staff upon arrival in order to gain admission to the theater.
Furthermore, masks will be required for all patrons and staff in the lobby. They can be removed only while seated in our auditoriums. Children under 12 who cannot yet be vaccinated may attend, accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult; they must also wear a mask.
Our theaters have been upgraded with MERV 13 filters and we maintain regular cleaning practices
We appreciate your understanding as we navigate a sometimes perplexing landscape. Together, we will come out the other side of this.