Bethany Beach to host ’Historic Movie Theaters’

On Tuesday, April 9, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will host a special presentation by Michael Nazarewycz, author of “Historic Movie Theaters of Delaware.” The program will explore the genesis of the book and recount Delaware’s theater history in general along with special elements that are unique to Bethany Beach. The event will take place in town hall at 214 Garfield Parkway at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Nazarewycz’s youth was spent during the era he said he considers “the Golden Age of Film Fandom” — 1974 to 1989, when drive-ins, single-screeners, and multiplexes were simultaneously popular, when broadcast networks and UHF stations offered steady diets of everything from classics to blockbusters to late-night schlock; and when premium cable and home video exploded with 24-hour film programming.

In 2014, he founded the MOT Film Society, where he brings classic films to the big screens of Middletown, often to help raise money for charity.

Since 2005 the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee has been sponsoring cultural events during the off-season. Topics of interest run the gamut from shipwrecks and treasures to music and historic tales. All of the programs are free and open to the public.