By S.T. VanAirsdale
Rania Richardson on Sunday confirmed what New York Magazine had so grimly foretold last week: The Pioneer Theater is no more. The East Village institution shuttered early Saturday after a midnight Halloween screening of Night of the Living Dead; it had faced dire straits for what seems like forever, despite the heroic efforts of programmer Ray Privett to persist as New York's last remaining bastion of independent cinema and funky grindhouse wares.
The Reeler's own history is finely interwoven with that of the Pioneer, from our obsession with Mormonsploitation to our audiences with Dr. Reinhardt van Nostrand to ReelerTV's attempt at multimedia empire from its redoubt on East 3rd Street. This feels like a death in the family, but an inevitable one for which my appeals and eulogies have already been made. As such, after a moment of silence, I turn it over to you: What's your Pioneer Theater story?
Posted at November 3, 2008 8:56 AM
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