Montpelier’s Savoy Theater is open again after a couple of “exciting and crazy” weeks of renovation, in the words of owner Terrence Youk. So, what’s new? Tiled floors and a “wonderful patina of clay” on the walls, says Youk. A repositioned ticket booth and a concession stand built by a class from the Yestermorrow Design/Build School. And you can now get wine and beer with your popcorn.
The theater’s Downstairs Video has relocated to 7 East State Street, the better to serve renters left bereft by the demise of Capitol Video. (Yes, it’s still Downstairs Video, though Youk says he “toyed with calling it No Stairs Video.”) The basement space it left will soon be filled by a new screen and a wine bar — and will house a repertory movie club, says Youk.
What won’t change: the height of the screen, which Youk had hoped to raise to improve the Savoy’s sight lines. The process would have cost more than $20K without making a significant difference. “The problem is, we can’t increase the slope of the floor, because the front end is already too steep for wheelchair regulations,” Youk explains.
The renovation got an “incredible pull from the community,” says Youk. Sixteen contractors donated their labor in exchange for on-screen advertising. When he approached the builders, he recalls, they had a common — and heartening — reaction: “First thing they say is ‘Wow, Savoy Theater — that’s one of the reasons I moved to this area.’ I hear three or four people tell me that every day.”
Graham Raubvogel, a 16-year-old junior at Burlington High School, is a young filmmaker but not a fledgling one. His short film “Let Me Out” — which doubles as a music video for local garage rockers The Vacant Lots — has been chosen to screen at the 2010 National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle, which starts this April 29. And Raubvogel recently learned that his short documentary “God Hates...” will be part of San Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival, the world’s largest and oldest LGBT fest. Pretty good for a teen — who’s already snagged awards from the Vermont International Film Festival and the Santa Monica Teen Film Festival.