Vinegar Hill’s Digital Future

Vinegar Hill Theatre has to go digital, but they don’t quite know how to pay for it.

6 Responses to “Vinegar Hill’s Digital Future”


  • With Regal 6 only step away converting to art house and indie this might be the least of their short term problems. Of course, no was can Cville support a 6 screen indie joint. It could not even push a 1 screen to profitably for an upgrade.

  • Kickstarter-it’s their best shot

  • It doesn’t make sense for the distributors to keep Cville a one-theater-per-movie town. Vinegar Hill should be able to show blockbusters downtown if Regal doesn’t want to. The other Visulite theaters show mainstream first-run movies in Staunton, and second-run in Lynchburg.

  • I’d love to see Vinegar Hill go back to the sort of schedule it had in the late 80’s early 90’s with an eclectic mix of European art house stuff, American independents and an occasional classic. I used to be there at least once week if not more, but what comes now is so uninteresting that I’ve only seen one movie at VHT in the last several years. I might be kind of sad in a nostalgic way if it closed, but not any sadder than I am at what it is now.

  • I know there was a group locally that was trying to utilize the Paramount as a way of showing more classics from the Library of Congress’ collection just up the road, but understood the problem to be that they didn’t have enough support to make such a large venue work financially. I wonder if they approached VHT about using their theater? Would seem like a win/win as long as their equipment and projectionist met the LoC’s standards.

  • VHT would need an endowment to go back to the old days when everyone had its schedule on the refrigerator door. That was before VHS (more or less), high cable channels, DVD and finally, downloading & streaming. Meanwhile the indie and foreign film biz consolidated and marketized and megaphied. Plus corporations don’t like people.

    As I recall it each movie ran for two or three days, sometimes a different movie at 7 & 9. Many cities had the same kind of fridge-poster theater, and a few still do, showing Rocky Horror on Saturdays at midnight. For a good look at a different kind of 1970s alternative film scene, check out Van Peeble’s Baadasssss! (2003).

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