Submitted by ub on Sat, 06/16/2012 - 17:02

Jennifer Christman is stepping down as Executive Director after almost six years of working with The Picture House. When she arrived, The Picture House was an aging downtown theater. It showed a mixed bag of commercial films, but by no means a destination theater. Today, it is a rejuvenated space that presents compelling programs for a diverse regional audience.

During Ms. Christman’s tenure, The Picture House obtained multiple awards and grants. Its restoration was spectacular. It revamped the theater, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. from a failing single-screen house into a modern cultural gathering place for watching motion pictures and for diverse film education programs.

She notes that The Picture House renaissance would not have been possible without the board, major donors and many members saying it took a dedicated professional team of talented colleagues that include Lizzie Cooper, Linda Corcoran, Michelle D'Urso, Matt Fetter, Tawny Foskett, Sara Gold, Kevin Losani, Adriel Lugo, Beth Manspeizer, Will McCord, Andy Nichols, Joan Roman, Phyllis Sabin, Ilya Tovbis, and Janet Williams.

As this organization begins a new chapter, she says she is thrilled that one of the most committed and involved board members, Barbara Bratone, is taking the helm as the new Executive Director.

Ms. Christman’s says The Picture House is in great hands and will doubtlessly continue to grow and thrive under her guidance, maintaining its vital role as a community institution. The 90 years old structure will undoubtedly continue to entertain and educate audiences for many generations to come.