The Savoy Theater (Members Only) Film Archive
Since the closing of Downstairs Video, we have been keeping a collection of films that are both Classic and/or Hard-to-Find titles for our Members to utilize free-of-charge. The collection is an eclectic one (over 1,100 titles, currently) that should delight most film fans. In many cases, you will not find these titles on Netflix.
Because the archive is a free service to our members and run by a volunteer (Thanks Lawreen!), there will be limited times to pick-up DVDs. The ground rules for its use are recounted below:
You must be an active Member of the Savoy Theater to use the archive (family members may NOT use your Membership unless they are also members). (To learn more about Membership to the Savoy, click on the ticket icon at the top of the screen.) There is a limit of three titles per week. Currently, the pick-up day for DVDs is Friday, between 4 & 6pm (Savoy office, 26 main St., second floor).
DVDs are due back by the following Friday and must be returned on time. We will not be charging late-fees, however, if you are late in returning DVDs three times you will lose your privilege to use the archive for the remainder of that year’s membership period. We are happy to discuss any special needs you may have in returning films on time. DVDs must be returned in the condition they were lent out. We will be checking each DVD before it is borrowed for any obvious defects. They will also be checked for defects upon their return. If a DVD is returned unplayable (cracked or scratched beyond repair) you will be responsible for it’s replacement.
How to use it
To get started, click on the link above: DVD Archive Page for Members. There is also a video tutorial that explains the numerous ways you can peruse the collection (click the link at the top of this page). TIP: One excellent way to browse the collection is to peruse by genre (choose the genre sidebar), also clicking on the title of any film will reveal all the info for the film!
Once you have decided which titles you would like to borrow, please send an email listing of your selections to firstname.lastname@example.org . You will receive an auto-reply that we have received your request. In the event that someone else has already received that title or reserved ahead of you, you will be placed on a waiting list for that title. HINT: A good strategy is to list some alternative titles in the email (under the heading Alternative), just in case your selection(s) is unavailable. Please return the titles by their due date. There is a box just outside the office door (26 main St., second floor) for returning and is available 24/7.
Undoubtedly there will some questions regarding how to use the archive. We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Again, use the email@example.com to email us. We respectfully ask that you not call the office for questions regarding the archive but rather use the email link to ask questions.
Thank you so much for being a supporter of the Savoy Theater!