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2014 'Movies at the Mill' relocates from Hugh Moore Park to State Theatre in downtown Easton

'Movies at the Mill' relocates to downtown Easton for 2014

EASTON, Pa. - The credits have rolled at Hugh Moore Park in Easton. "Movies at the Mill" is moving to the State Theatre.    

By moving the event, organizers said it's a chance to showcase hidden gems in Easton, and when you think of the arts, there is no better place than the State Theatre.

With construction moving full speed ahead at the Simon Silk Mill, it could be a little tough watching a movie.

"Movies at the Mill" was a yearly showcase event at the mill from 2009 until 2012. Construction forced the event to relocate in 2013 to Hugh Moore Park, and this year it will be at the State Theatre.

"As I always say, when the lights are on at the marquee, downtown is crowded," said Mayor Sal Panto, D-Easton.

Gershon Hinkson, MME organizer, said moving the festival around Easton has been part of his vision since 2010. 

"Why not come visit a place that you wouldn't normally visit? Or if you have visited it before, visit is through a different experience, or look at it through a different lens," said Hinkson. "'Movies at the Mill' allows that."

The event has drawn international attention, and this year should be no different, according to Hinkson.

The staff has looked at the seating to determine what will give people the best experience while watching movies in a place known for the arts.

"The State Theatre was a movie palace in the day from the 30s to the 60s," said Shelley Brown, CEO of the State Theatre. "This was the place to see movies. In fact, 'Gone with the Wind' made its Easton debut here."

Attendees may not see Scarlett O'Hara or Rhett Butler at the 2014 "Movies at the Mill," but organizers are promising a proper downtown experience in which people can patronize local shops and restaurants, and of course see creative films.

"When you come inside, into a proper theatre, there's a certain level of expectation that your attendees don't even realize they have," said Hinkson.

Tickets for the event will be sold through the State Theatre and the "Movies at the Mill" websites. The event will take place on Sept. 13.

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