About Images Cinema

Images Cinema, a non-profit community movie theater, presents a wide range of independent, foreign and classic films which impact filmmaking and our culture. Images Cinema is dedicated to the exploration of film as an art form, a source of entertainment and an educational tool.

History

On November 30, 1916, the Walden Theatre first opened its doors. The theater’s grand entrance on Spring Street welcomed patrons into the impressive 400-seat house. This momentous event brought Williamstown to the cultural forefront of the Berkshires. In the early 20s, an eager audience was treated to silent film performances by Billie Burke, Charlie Chaplin and the Keystone Cops. The late 20s brought talkies to the screen. From the romantic detectives of the 40s to Westerns of the 50s to the pop culture movies of the 70s, Images Cinema has featured the latest and greatest of the film world. Unlike the Mohawk, the Opera House and the Colonial Theatre, for more than 80 extraordinary years, Images Cinema has survived the challenges of an ever-changing culture.

As an independent cinema, Images Cinema struggles to carve out a space in an industry overwhelmed by multiplexes. Acquiring films from distributors is difficult for a small, hometown theater without the clout of a large corporation. Images not only competes with other cinemas, it rivals television, video and the internet for attention. Independent film — a film not financed by a major Hollywood studio — is free to be an expression of ideas and creative photography. The films Images Cinema features are movies that have, and will continue to have, an effect on filmmaking for years to come, allowing movie-goers a chance to experience the very best in the art of film.

One of the few remaining single-screen, independent theaters still in operation, Images Cinema is an historic part of the Northern Berkshires offering an exceptional variety of independent, foreign and classic films year-round. Images Cinema was an early pioneer in creating Berkshire County’s reputation for world-class culture and not many small communities can boast the sophistication to support this legendary cinema. It's been called "A metropolitan-quality art house" and "A permanent film festival" by The Berkshire Eagle and remains a vital institution in this region.

Staff

  • Doug Jones, Executive Director
  • Janet Curran, Managing Director
  • Alicia Maher, Membership and Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Oliver Freda, Membership and Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Dave Blair, Box Office and Facilities
  • Veronica Bosley, Box Office
  • Hugo Seven, Box Office
  • Oliver Freda, Box Office
  • Jack Criddle, Box Office
  • Emily Pierce-Delaney, Box Office
  • Odell Bouchard, Box Office
  • James Forgione, Box Office

Board of Directors

  • Brent Heeringa, Chair
  • John Strachan, Treasurer
  • Steven Green, Secretary
  • Daryle Bost
  • Alexander Davis
  • Karen Gosselin
  • Ann McCallum
  • Mark Reach
  • Sheila Stone
  • Diana Walczak
  • Sharifa Wright

Code of Conduct

We aim to make Images Cinema a place where people from all walks of life can be respected and feel safe. Images Cinema is dedicated to the exploration of film as an art form, a source of entertainment, and an educational tool. Because of this, we aim to foster a welcoming environment for patrons, staff, and volunteers alike.

We reserve the right to remove anyone for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:

  • Intimidation
  • Threats
  • Use of slurs and other harmful language
  • Physical assault
  • Stalking
  • Inappropriate contact of any kind
  • Unwanted sexual attention
  • Taking photos or videos without consent
  • Any other forms of harassment

If you are asked to stop engaging in any of the behavior listed above, please stop immediately. We reserve the right to ask anyone who violates this code of conduct to leave the premises immediately and to refuse future service to them for an indefinite amount of time. We also reserve the right to report any violators of this code of conduct to the police if needed, where further legal action will be taken.

Images Cinema welcomes EVERYONE, including people of any race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity or presentation, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and citizen status.

If someone is making you feel unwelcome in any way, do not hesitate to reach out to the nearest staff member. If you feel unsafe to do so, get yourself to a safe location first and then call the Williamstown Police Department at (413) 458-5733, or dial 911. Please report any instances of harassment to conduct@imagescinema.org.

Last Updated on 5/29/18
Adapted from the Alamo Drafthouse’s Code of Conduct