New season begins at Edom’s Old Firehouse
The Old Firehouse in Edom is becoming the focal point for entertainment in the small East Texas town.
Three years ago, Jeff and Judy Gottesman went out on a limb to turn part of the former Edom fire station into a new, acoustic music “listening room” for national singer/songwriters’ performances.
Investing their own money, and underwritten by their love of indie music, they took a chance and turned an idea into a reality.
This September marks the beginning of their fourth successful season with a CD release concert by Mineola’s Randy Brown on Saturday, Sept. 29. Mills Bryant opens the event. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
One week prior to the concert they will introduce something new; a small town movie theater featuring first run independent films.
With this new venture, they are hoping that the idea for a small, intimate movie theater will flourish in Edom as well.
“We were tired of traveling nearly 100 miles each way to view art house films, and since we already had a 70 seat venue for our acoustic concerts, we thought why not use the same facility to bring these great films to Edom,” Jeff Gottesman said.
The seed for this idea emerged informally on a Friday morning over breakfast shared by a group of guys who meet each week and loosely call themselves Men of a Certain Age after the recently canceled drama/comedy on TNT.
Each with a history of time spent in the Dallas Metroplex, all agreed that there must be a huge audience here in East Texas who also miss the ease of finding these types of films close to home.
Over the next few months, Gottesman purchased the necessary projection and sound equipment for the venue and made arrangements with an independent film releasing company to secure first-run films and the legal rights to show them to the public.
The first film was shown to an audience of invited attendees in May, and both the film and the venue received a standing ovation.
The film series will start in earnest on Sept. 22 with the showing of “360,” a sexy dramatic thriller about interconnected romantic life in the 21st century.
The plan is to show one film each month on a designated Saturday night not already booked with a concert.
At the conclusion of each film, all moviegoers will be invited to a discussion of the movie they just screened.
Future films already on the schedule are “IWish” on Oct. 13, “Magic of Belle Isle” on Nov. 10 and “2 Days in New York” on Dec. 1. All films start at 7 p.m.
Initially, tickets will be $8 for all seats.
“Since the cost of obtaining the rights to show these films along with the necessary insurance and overhead are quite high, we will be looking for sponsors who would like to help us defray the costs of each showing,” Gottesman said. “As with our concert series, this is again a labor-of-love and we don’t expect to make any kind of profit; we just want to cover our expenses.”
Reasonably priced on-screen advertising, shown prior to each feature, will also be sought to help defray costs.
The Gottesmans are hoping that this new endeavor will bring another unique source of entertainment to the East Texas area and be as enriching as their concert series.