Oswego County Historical Society Proudly Presents “Classic Movie Night’ with Alfred Hitchcock Film

OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society (OCHS) proudly presents a Classic Movie Night event in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Richardson-Bates House Museum. The popular Alfred Hitchcock classic film “Notorious” will be featured on Thursday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the historic landmark Oswego Theatre at 138 W. Second St. All proceeds from the event will support the Richardson-Bates House Museum in Oswego.

“This is an exciting year for the historical society, as it showcases its legacy in the community,” said Justin White of the OCHS board of trustees. “The Oswego County Historical Society was formed in 1896, but for the first 50 years did not have a permanent headquarters. It was in 1946 that the fourth generation of the Richardson-Bates family generously gifted their Tuscan Villa residence to the historical society to be the first community museum”

The museum officially opened to the public in 1947. It remains the oldest cultural and historical organization in Oswego County. It is one of the most intact 19th century house museums in New York State with the original furnishings and contents from the family. The society maintains an extensive collection of artifacts, documents and photographs that preserve the history of Oswego County. The organization relies on fundraisers to sustain general operating support.

“The movie “Notorious” was one of the most popular of 1946, the same year the museum was gifted to the historical society. That was one reason for the movie choice. Another reason is that Oswego in its own way is often considered notorious for our long winters and major snow falls!” said White.

Many interesting details have been added to make this a special event including hosting it in Oswego’s historic cinema theatre. There will be a history display, door prizes, a program and a special party favor to be revealed the night of the event given as a thank you to those in attendance. The ticket donation will help support the ongoing maintenance and necessary preservation needs of society’s museum.

The film premiered at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 26, 1946 with stars Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman at the opening night. The famed motion picture director Alfred Hitchcock was in attendance, as well, and it was a smash hit. The movie tickets have been designed by Oswego Printing to emulate a vintage movie style and will be a nice souvenir.

Many movie critics have lauded “Notorious” to be one of Hitchcock’s best films and it was a transition period in his unique creativity that he was best known for. There will be many intriguing highlights to watch for that are often mentioned in classic movie trivia.

“There is nothing like seeing a timeless film on the big screen,” said White. “It is a whole different experience than seeing it on television. This will be a special opportunity to both enjoy and celebrate the anniversary of the museum while supporting it”

The movie will be shown in the main auditorium of the historic Oswego Theatre. The theatre was designed by prolific international theatre architect John Eberson in the Art Deco design. It opened to the public in January of 1941. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“The historic Oswego Theatre is the perfect place to feature a classic movie,'” said OCHS board trustee Lyn Patterson.” It is a unique example of Art Deco architecture and will be a special backdrop for this event.”

Tickets are a donation of $20.00 per person and are available at the Oswego Theatre at 138 W. Second St. and River’s End Bookstore at 19 W Bridge St.

The OCHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich history of the county. The society maintains and operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St. in Oswego, a historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday form 1 – 5 p.m. and other days by appointment. For more information visit the website at www.rbhousemuseum.org  or call during regular hours at 315-343-1342.

The Oswego County Historical Society proudly presents the annual Classic Movie Night event featuring the popular Alfred Hitchcock classic film “Notorious” on Thursday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Oswego Theatre. All proceeds will support the ongoing maintenance and preservation of the Richardson-Bates House Museum in Oswego. The tickets are a donation of $20.00 and available at the Oswego Theatre at 138 W. Second St. and the River’s End Bookstore at 19 W. Bridge St. Pictured is a vintage photograph of the Oswego Theatre. For more information visit the website at www.rbhousemuseum.org or contact the museum during regular hours at 315-343-1342.


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