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Ridgefield Welcomes The Prospector Theater Pop-Up Shop

Dee Strilowich, First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Chanber Executive Director Marion Roth, Prospector owner Valerie Jensen, Andrew Tedder, Rebecca Ciota, Emily Pambianchi, David Choplinski, and Joe Strilowich  at the ribbon-cutting.
Dee Strilowich, First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Chanber Executive Director Marion Roth, Prospector owner Valerie Jensen, Andrew Tedder, Rebecca Ciota, Emily Pambianchi, David Choplinski, and Joe Strilowich at the ribbon-cutting. Photo Credit: Marion Roth, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce Exectutive Direc

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Ridgefield will welcome a three-screen, first-run movie theater with the planned opening of The Prospector in summer 2014.

The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon for The Prospector’s educational pop-up shop, which will provide  information and training for the new theater, host events and more.

The Prospector will show a full range of movies for all ages, and will have the state-of-the-art technology, first run movies, classics, theme nights, independent films, documentaries, and dinner and a movie nights. Included in the facility is an arcade, and rooms for meetings, food, parties and training.

This theater is being constructed on the location of the original Ridgefield Playhouse, which opened as the town’s first movie house in 1940 and had been renovated and used as a bank for 25 years when it was repurchased in 2000 by the Ridgefield Library for its expansion.

Valerie Jensen, creator of The Prospector, for years has led both live theater and film-making by SPHERE, a local group that serves developmentally disabled people. She aims to have The Prospector serve as an educational and vocational training center for adults with developmental disabilities, according to a recent news release from the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce.

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