Chatham Film Club

The Chatham Film Club is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization bringing art, independent and foreign film to the Upper Hudson Valley.

Our Mission

Promote and develop the appreciation of film by presenting films that enrich the social, cultural and educational experience integral to our community, to family life and to lifelong personal development. Renovate and revitalize the Crandell Theatre and its role as the cornerstone of culture on Main Street, Chatham, New York.

Our History‚Ä®

The Chatham Film Club was organized in 1998 at a small gathering of neighbors and friends who were interested in bringing art, independent and foreign films to Columbia County. The group approached Tony Quirino, owner of the single screen Crandell Theatre, and inquired about renting the theater for once a month Sunday matinees. The Chatham Film Club was born and has sponsored programming at the Crandell Theatre ever since, serving its 800 plus members and movie lovers from around the region.

In 2000, the Film Club joined forces with the Columbia County Council on the Arts to produce the first FilmColumbia festival. In 2010 the Film Club and the Crandell faced an uncertain future with the unexpected closing of the theatre. With generous donations from members, foundations, patrons and friends, the Film Club purchased the Crandell Theatre. After a month of renovations, the Crandell reopened on July 9, 2010.

Become a Member
Benefits include early access and discounts to FilmColumbia tickets. You will also be helping to support the ongoing renovations of The Crandell Theatre. Learn more and become a member today.