Not long ago, the Chelsea Theater at the Timberlyne Shopping Center was close to shutting down.
Its former owner, Bruce Stone, retired earlier this year, and at first it was unclear whether anyone would take over. That’s when several community members stepped up to take over the theater and run it as a nonprofit community theater.
To revitalize the Chelsea and appeal to a broader audience, the theater is introducing a new film series — Late Nights At The Chelsea. Every Friday night the Chelsea will play a music-related film at 9:45 as a part of Friday Music Mojo, and every Saturday at 9:45 p.m. it will show a horror film as a part of Saturday Fright Night.
Mark Barroso, a board member of the Chelsea Theater, said the idea to do a music film series came from the need to attract audiences late at night. Barroso said theaters across the country are having trouble attracting viewers for later shows, and he figured music would appeal to late night audiences. For Barroso, however, the music film series means a little more.
“Well I’ve always love, loved concert films and films about my favorite bands and also bands I’ve never heard about," Barroso said. "I think they’re a hoot.”