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Astra to Host Noted Film Historian for “History of Color in Cinema” Session

The Astra Theatre will host noted film historian Eric Grayson on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation entitled “History of Color in Cinema”.  The presentation will feature the use of real film and antique projectors, will include a question and answer session with Grayson, and is appropriate for all ages.  The program is expected to run approximately 90 minutes.

Tickets for this special event are $6 and available when the doors open at 5:45 p.m. or in advance at www.astratheatre.eventbrite.com.

Grayson will provide examples of Kinemacolor, Technicolor, Kodachrome, Cinecolor, two-color Technicolor, Eastman color, and others, as well as leading a question and answer session.

Based in Indianapolis, Grayson is a consultant to the Library of Congress and owns an extensive collection of films and shorts, some from the 19th century, that are often the only known existing copy of the work.  He is also very involved in the restoration of films and recently completed the restoration of the famous 1954 Milan-Muncie Central state championship game, as well as the semi-final game from that same tournament featuring Milan and Terre Haute Gerstmeyer.  He has also saved a 1918 film, Little Orphant Annie, featuring Colleen Moore and a cameo with James Whitcomb Riley.

Two-time Grammy Winner Rodney Crowell to Perform at the Astra Theatre in November

Rodney Crowell will perform at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, November 3, 2018.  Doors for this intimate acoustic trio performance will open at 6:30 p.m., a yet-to-be-determined opener will perform at 7:30 p.m., and Crowell and his two accompaniments will take to the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at 8:30 p.m. Crowell is a… Continue Reading

Pokey LaFarge to Perform Intimate Solo Acoustic Set at the Historic Astra Theatre in October

American musician Pokey LaFarge will perform a solo acoustic set at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  Doors for this intimate performance will open at 6:30 p.m., a yet-to-be determined opener will perform at 7:30 p.m., and LaFarge will take to the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at 8:30 p.m. LaFarge is… Continue Reading

Amid Complete Renovation, Next Act/Astra Launches 2018 Membership Drive

Next Act, Inc., the 501c3 renovating the historic Astra Theatre in downtown Jasper, has launched its 2018 membership campaign.  Launched while the building is currently undergoing a complete and total renovation and remodel lead by general contractor Seufert Construction, proceeds from the campaign will be used to pay for final design elements in the theater… Continue Reading

YOU can help us choose our Valentine’s weekend feature…

The historic Astra Theatre will open its doors on Saturday, February 11, at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. screening of…a movie that YOU can help choose.   Choices include Dirty Dancing, When Harry Met Sally, and Ghost.  Vote for your favorite here http://bit.ly/2ki3Xmr by Sunday, January 29.   “We have received a lot of great feedback since… Continue Reading

Next Act to Screen “Pyscho” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show” in October

Next Act, Inc., will bring the 1960 horror-thriller movie Psycho back to the silver screen on Friday, October 21, and the cult-classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday, October 29, at the historic Astra Theatre. The screening of Psycho is in partnership with and presented by the Jasper Downtown Merchant’s Association in conjunction with their seventh annual “Evening of Appetizers”. … Continue Reading

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