The Whallonsburg Grange Lyceum is set to continue their spring series “Hidden in Plain Sight” with the presentation “Port Henry: Hollywood of the East” on Tuesday, March 10th.
Long before movies were ever produced in Hollywood, some were made in the Adirondacks. During the Silent Film era of the early-1900s, films including The Perils of Pauline and Uncle Tom’s Cabin were shot in the region. By the 1920s Port Henry was a major player in the motion picture industry. Mountain Lakes PBS producer Derek Muirden will talk about this era of film production and show a short film.
The Grange’s “Hidden in Plain Sight” series looks at well-known things from unusual angles and examines objects and ideas that are hidden from plain view.
“Port Henry: Hollywood of the East” will begin at 7:30 pm. There is a $5 suggested donation; free for students. The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is located at 1610 NYS Route 22, in Essex. More information is available on their website.
Photo of Main Street, Port Henry around 1900 provided by Whallonsburg Grange.
A version of this article first appeared on the Adirondack Almanack.