Anyone interested in the future of the Wyo Theater is invited to attend the annual membership meeting of the Laramie Film Society on Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of Bond's Brewing Company, 411 South Second Street, Laramie.
The Laramie Main Street Alliance is the new owner of the historic Wyo Theater, 309 South Fifth Street, acquired through a generous donation. Laramie Main Street Alliance Executive Director Trey Sherwood said, "Moving forward, we are excited to bring our historic preservation and community engagement skills to the table and identify collaborative partners to who will work with us in the revitalization of the building". Currently, LMSA is focused on the Wyo's physical infrastructure and is exploring costs to bring the building back online.The Laramie Film Society may be one of those collaborative partners to help with future developments at the Wyo Theater. This is in keeping with the LFS Articles of Incorporation to " ... develop and present on a not-for-profit basis, one or more foreign, 'art' and classic film series to allow the Corporation to rent, operate, and ultimately purchase the historic Wyo Theater, located in Laramie, Wyoming, and to retain and preserve said theater as a permanent cultural resource for the Laramie community."
Also at the annual meeting on September 19, there will be election of officers and reports on LFS activities during the year.
The Laramie Film Society, in cooperation with one of its sponsors, The Alibi Pub Wood Fire Pizzaria and Bakery, 404 S 4th St., showed an outdoor movie August 4, 2018 at the outdoor stage in the Alibi Pub's patio area.
The movie was the film noir classic "D.O.A." (1949). There were not too many people there, due to rain which lasted almost up to the time the movie started at 8:30 p.m., but the few hardy souls who stayed seemed to be captivated by this unique film (there was a remake in 1988).
We tried to show another film at the Alibi this year, but we were rained out.
Outdoor film showings gave us a chance to use our big, custom made 8x12 foot movie screen.
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The Laramie Film Society has presented three historic silent films, “Easy Street,” “The Goat” and “An Eastern Westerner” outdoors downtown on during Jubilee Days. These films were not shown in 2019 due to an absence of enough volunteers.
“Easy Street,” released in 1917 is one of Charlie Chaplin's early comedy classics. This 19-minute Mutual studio silent film pits the diminutive Chaplin, who plays a policeman, against a huge street thug played by Eric Campbell. Chaplin also wrote and directed this film. Chaplin creates humor from the unlikely subjects of poverty and violence in some mean city streets.
“The Goat” is a classic 1921 comedy. It is about a man (played by the legendary Buster Keaton) who is mistakenly identified as a murderer in newspapers and posters. He desperately dodges the police, and a variety of other pursuers, displaying incredible acrobatic skills and ingenuity. This film was selected by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences as one of Keaton's two best short films (the other was “The Boat”). Keaton, a legendary movie actor, writer and director, also co-directed and scripted this film with Malcolm St. Clair. Keaton (1895-1966) was one of the true comic geniuses of film, with a brilliant career that spanned decades. His acrobatic physical style of comedy is similar to that of Charlie Chaplain, Harold Lloyd and Jackie Chan.
“The Goat” is the first film purchased by the Laramie Film Society. “Easy Street” was purchased in the summer of 2004. Prior to that we rented all of the films we have shown. By shopping around on the Internet, LFS found a source of 16 millimeter films for a reasonable price. We found we could buy a 16mm print for about the same amount of money it cost to rent one.
“An Eastern Westerner” is a 1920 film starring Harold Lloyd, one of the biggest stars of silent films. The print we bought in 2010 is essentially the second half of this 20-minute film (which is O.K., because it is the funnier half and we got it at half price). The first half of the film takes place in a large city, probably New York. The half of the movie we have takes place in a town in the west populated by bad guys and crooked card sharks. There is also a group of hooded riders who look a lot like the KKK, menacing people in the town. The nimble Lloyd outsmarts the bad guys and gets the girl, of course.
Thanks to the cooperation of Music Box building owner in the past for letting LFS use its north wall as a screen upon which to project a moving picture all those years for this annual event. Thanks to the Cross Country Connection for agreeing to letting us use electricity from the store for the projector all those years, too.
All Laramie Film Society events are sponsored by The Alibi Pub Wood Fire Pizzaria and Bakery, Mizu Sushi restaurant and The Pedal House.
In late summer, 2019, Laramie's historic Wyo Theatre, 309 S. Fifth St. in Laramie, was donated by its former owner, WyoLaramie LLC, to The Laramie Main Street Alliance, a non-profit corporation. The Laramie Main Street Alliance plans to remodel the historic theater and bring it up to the requirements of the Uniform Building Code so it can be reopened to the public. For more information, read the announcement at the Main Street Alliance's website: https://laramiemainstreet.org/news/thewyo.
The IRS has determined that the Laramie Film Society is exempt from federal income tax as described in section 501 (c)(3) of the tax code. The LFS received the determination letter in 2002. For more about this, including the IRS determination letter and IRS rules related to tax free donations to the Laramie Film Society, click on this link to see these documents.
You can join LFS by sending $15 to the Laramie Film Society, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: The Laramie Film Society, 3019 Pope Springs Road, Laramie, WY, 82070. Donations to LFS can be sent to the same address. Donations are tax deductible. IRS rules on tax deductible donations can be found here.
We also have a discussion list. You can subscribe to the discussion list by visiting this website http://groups.google.com/group/laramie-film-society-discussions?hl=en. As with most Google features, these sites work best when you are using a Google Chrome browser. If all else fails, e-mail Robert Roten (address at bottom of page) and ask him to send you invitations to either list.
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