Movies returning to downtown Milford

MILFORD — It has been decades since movies were shown in downtown Milford. Second Street Players’ Riverfront Theatre is about to change all of that.  09 Screen Test

Just two blocks down from the last place in downtown Milford to show movies — the Milford Schine Theatre now Jesus Love Temple — the live theater house hopes to introduce itself to more people in the community by becoming a movie theater too.

“Our plan is to show second run movies. We can’t afford first run movies,” said Bob Connelly, Second Street Players board vice president. “Our priority is still live theater.”

The theater plans to run about 10 movies a year. The showings will be scheduled around the theater’s live performance schedule.

Tickets will be about $5, Mr. Connelly said adding, “We aren’t in this to make money. We want to break even.”

“Our reason for all of this is to draw a new audience. This is our 35th year, I can’t tell you how many times people still ask, ‘there’s a theater in Milford.’ We figure that we will reach a different audience and draw them in to see us,” Mr. Connelly said.Setting up the digital projector

Beyond serving as an additional way for Second Street to reach people, the movies will also provide entertainment for a segment of the community not currently being served.

“Whenever possible we are going to run the movies two nights. One in English and the other in Spanish. We have a very large Spanish population here with no entertainment,” said Mr. Connelly.

The movie presentations will also give area young people a place to for entertainment.

The new movie projector, Mr. Connelly described as, “commercial grade, high quality,” will also add to the Riverfront Theatre’s live productions.

“The directors are excited by this because it is all digital,” he said.

The projector will allow theatergoers the potential to experience a previously impossible effect.

The entire project has been funded by grants, Mr. Connelly said. The Longwood Foundation awarded the theatre group $75,000 to make improvements to its building.09 Screen Test

The movie projection system and screen cost about $23,000. The group is using the rest of the funds to repair water damage and the monies will pay for a new curtain for its stage.

Second Street Players is a non-profit, totally volunteer driven arts organization. Without the support of the community and its volunteers it would not be able to survive. As with all its endeavors, Second Street is looking for volunteers to help during its movie nProjector Testights. The theater will need ushers, concession stand workers, ticket takers and more.

The theatre group plans to start showing movies this spring.

For more information about Second Street Players, to donate, or volunteer visit


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