Colo­nial The­atre di­rec­tor hon­ored

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Eric Devlin ede­vlin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Eric_Devlin on Twitter

PHOENIXVILLE >> This year the Schuylkill River Her­itage Cen­ter hon­ored Mary Foote, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at the his­toric Colo­nial The­atre, at its sev­enth an­nual Her­itage Award Cel­e­bra­tion.

“A Night at the Movies” hon­ored Foote dur­ing a spe­cial cer­e­mony at The Foundry Build­ing.

Foote has been the the­atre’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor since 1999. Work­ing with vol­un­teers, she has trans­formed the the­atre into a gath­er­ing place for peo­ple of all ages.

The Colo­nial The­atre presents live pro­grams, in­clud­ing a fall con­cert se­ries and a chil­dren’s the­atre pro­gram dur­ing the sum­mer. These spe­cial events, along with the clas­sic, in­de­pen­dent, cult, art, and chil­dren’s films fea­tured at the the­atre, have helped to bring about Phoenixville’s re­nais­sance.

Along with a spe­cial din­ner, Greg Hytha’s band, Rhythm & Blondes, pro­vided live mu­sic from fa­mous movies. Jim Batty’s group, Events That En­ter­tain, showed snip­pets from fa­mous movies on sev­eral screens in the Foundry Build­ing.

Pro­ceeds from the event ben­e­fited up­grades to the Schuylkill River Her­itage Cen­ter’s in­ter­ac­tive kiosks, in­cor­po­rat­ing the lat­est 21st cen­tury tech­nol­ogy that will ben­e­fit ev­ery­one who vis­its the mu­seum. The his­tory smart­phone app fea­tures over 80 places in the re­gion, and this will be in­cluded as part of the kiosk up­grades.

BARRY TAGLIEBER — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST MEDIA

Bar­bara Co­hen, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Schuylkill River Her­itage Cen­ter, with 2016 hon­oree Mary Foote, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at the His­tor­i­cal Colo­nial The­atre, at the Phoenixville Foundry Oct. 6.

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