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.

JOB OPENING: Executive Director

Images Cinema, a nonprofit, independent single-screen movie theatre in Williamstown, Massachusetts, seeks an Executive Director to help maintain and expand the cinema’s standing as an important cultural institution for the Berkshires and beyond. Through a combination of membership, fund-raising, and box-office revenue, Images is able to bring independent movies—as well as the occasional blockbuster—to the culturally and intellectually rich communities of Williamstown and its neighbors. Through partnerships with the nearby Clark Art Institute, Williams College, Mass MoCA, and the Williamstown Film Festival, Images brings unique educational and artistic programming to its patrons, adding significantly to the cultural capital of northern Berkshire County.

The ideal Executive Director has the spirit of an entrepreneur with the soul of a cinephile. The job requires an unusual skill set: the ability to balance the books along with the artistic vision to create exciting programming; the desire and skills to run fund-raising and membership drives as well as the big-picture dreams to move the cinema forward as a cultural leader; the management skills to run an office and the community-building skills to create fruitful partnerships with like organizations; experience in the nonprofit sector but with the business acumen to expand the cinema’s institutional scope.

Successful applicants will have worked in the nonprofit world, preferably with some exposure to the business end. Love of films is a requirement, but a degree in cinema studies is not. The ability to switch gears quickly is a must: on any given day the Executive Director might find him- or herself running an office meeting, planning a film festival, meeting with community leaders, and/or brainstorming a new initiative with a fellow artistic institution—or a combination of the above!

The benefits of the job are many: entering the heart of a culturally-rich area that deeply values Images Cinema; taking your place alongside peer institutions like the Clark and Mass MoCA; being an integral member of the Williamstown business and social community. Plus, the Berkshires are beautiful and a wonderful place to live.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with other similar-size area nonprofits, and there is considerable room for growth in the job. In fact, the next Executive Director has the opportunity to take an already-successful and beloved institution to a whole new level of artistic success and financial stability.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of references to Joe Finnegan at jfin481 [at] gmail [dot} com or c/o Images Cinema, 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA 01267. Applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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

  • Sandra Thomas, Executive Director
  • Janet Curran, Managing Director
  • Dave Blair, Box Office and Facilities Manager
  • Anna Moriarity-Lev, Projectionist, Member Services Coordinator
  • Brian Rennell, Box Office
  • Maggie Bye, Box Office
  • Vladimir Mijanovic, Projectionist

Board of Directors

  • John Strachan, Chair
  • Sam Crane, Vice Chair
  • Leslie Morgenthal, Treasurer
  • Ali Benjamin, Secretary
  • Elizabeth Burnett
  • Suzanne Dewey
  • Joe Finnegan
  • Steven Green, Esq.
  • Eric Kerns
  • Jeanne Marklin
  • Steve Lawson
  • Peter Mehlin
  • Richard Rand
  • Franny Shuker-Haines
  • Diana Walczak
  • Rob White