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Historic Tusten Theatre

The Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge Street in Narrowsburg, NY will serve as the venue for Big Eddy Film Festival screenings. The art-deco style theatre was built in the 1930s as a single screen movie house. The theatre has a seating capacity of 150 and offers convenient and ample parking.

Over the past 80 years, the Tusten Theatre has had several transformations.

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Built in 1926 by the Narrowsburg firemen, it was originally called the Community Hall and used as a dance and banquet facility. In the 1930s, Harvey English, a theatre chain owner from Hancock, NY, converted the dance hall into a sloped floor movie house. After the conversion, English leased the space from the firemen and ran a commercial movie operation, the Park Theater, for a number of years. The movie business was bought out, changed hands a few times, and then closed permanently in 1985. In the meantime, the firemen sold the building to the Town of Tusten for use as a town hall.

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In the fall of 1987, the Town of Tusten and the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) negotiated a lease that would give management of the theatre portion of the building to DVAA. They renamed the space Tusten Theatre. A cooperative effort by the town, DVAA, and Sullivan County resulted in a Community Development Block Grant to renovate the space for handicapped accessibility. The Tusten Theatre re-opened on March 24, 1990.

Today the Tusten is a favorite Catskills venue for concerts, opera, theatre performances, as well as film screenings.