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.

“Rock Lotto” Takes Shape After Lottery-Style Draw Forms Bands

Bands for the area and region’s first “Rock Lotto” event at the Astra Theatre on July 21 have been formed. Musicians from local and regional bands The High Road, Fun Guns, Sparrow and Crandall, and more have been divided up through a unique lottery-style draft held on Friday, June 29, 2018, at the Astra Theatre.  The 12 total… Continue Reading

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

First “Rock Lotto” Fundraising Event to be held at the Astra in July

The area’s first “Rock Lotto” will hit the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at the Astra on July 21, 2018, at 7 p.m.  The unique event will take 12 local musicians, divide them into three bands, and have the newly-formed “bands” perform five songs each.  Audience members will receive a voucher worth ten points to vote… 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

Wizard of Oz coming to the Astra on June 2!

The 1939 classic Wizard of Oz will be screened at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance online by CLICKING HERE or at the door the night of the show.   The Greater Jasper Downtown Business Association (the Downtown Merchants) is sponsoring the presentation. Widely… Continue Reading

Astra’s Marquee Re-Lighting Date Set for April 11

The historic Astra’s recently renovated and refurbished iconic sign and marquee is set to be relit for the first official time on Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.  The marquee lighting event will, effectively, also serve as a ribbon-cutting of sorts for the soon-to-be 83-year-old facility as it heads into its first official event since being… Continue Reading

East Nashville Recording Artist, Smooth Hound Smith, to Perform at the Historic Astra Theatre in May

Smooth Hound Smith, a self-described foot stomping Americana roots duo, will perform at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a yet-to-be-determined opening act beginning at 7:30 p.m. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. The East Nashville duo utilizes a combination of foot percussion, fuzzed out finger-picked guitar patterns, and… 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

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