Some of the greatest resources for a documentary film do not come from established archives or libraries, but from the people who lived the history. If you can share any of the things listed below, our story will be so much richer and our mission to preserve the memory of Interstate for the next generation will succeed.

We are seeking help from former Interstate employees, theater-goers, and theater enthusiasts in the following areas:

Physical Artifacts
Do you have any theater paraphernalia such as lobby cards, ticket books, copies of The Interstater Newsletter, etc. that you could share with us. We will photograph or scan items and return your originals.

Photos
Do you have photos of Interstate theaters or individuals associated with the company? The producers can pay for shipping of photos to our headquarters in Houston where they will be scanned and promptly returned. If you have concerns about mailing valuable items, confer with us. We may be able to scan your collection at your location if our researchers or film crews plan to be in your city.

Films or Videos
Do you have any original 16mm or 8mm footage or good quality video transfers of film about Interstate? This could be either official company footage or home movies made by employees or enthusiasts. Home movies are especially valuable as they capture unique perspectives of the company's operation or what it was like to go to the movies at an Interstate theater in the golden era of motion picture exhibition. Also, do you have any Interstate movie trailers that were shown in the theaters about ticket specials, special events, or ads for concessions? We will transfer these films to video and return your original prints.

Printed Material
Do you have Interstate advertisements, movie posters, or other Interstate related printed items. As with the photos described above, we can pay for shipping of these materials to our headquarters in Houston where they will be scanned and promptly returned.

Audio
Do you have copies of music or radio programs that had to do with Interstate. Talk to us about sharing these items with us. We will make a dub of the audio program and return your original promptly.

Historical Information
Do you have any Interstate documents that relate to the history or operation of the Interstate Theatre Circuit? You may share this information via fax or e-mail.

Oral Histories
Do you have, or know of someone who has, unique memories or stories about Interstate. We may want to interview you on camera or record an audio oral history. Also, we may want to put your story on the Web site in the Theater Stories section.

Leads on the theaters of Interstate
The producers will be shooting at many of the restored Interstate theaters. Are there any Interstate theater buildings or drive-ins that are still in operation, converted, or still standing but not operational that we may want to know about?


Contact Information
If you can help us in any of the above categories, please contact us as soon as possible at 713-661-6677 or by e-mail at jeff@interstatetheatres.com


 

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