The Video Theatre
Organization profile published 1977

Year Published:  1977  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX507

The Video Theatre is a communication resource centre where video tapes and video production equipment are available free of charge.

Abstract:  The Video Theatre is a communication resource centre where video tapes and video production equipment are available free of charge. The theatre has a library of video tapes. Interested groups can screen films at the theatre, send for films through the mail or supple blank tapes to the theatre for copying.

The following are some of the video tapes available for showing:

1) Two video tapes on the co-operative movement in Tignish, P.E.I., Room for a Co-op is about the P.E.I. Marine Plants Co-op and its struggle to stay alive in the face of competition from Irish Moss business. A Question of Survival is the history of the Tignish Fisheries Co-op, the oldest producer co-operative in Canada.

2) A series of six video tapes on organizing and community organizations produced by the Parallel Institute (Montreal) dealing with why it is necessary to build an organization, how to research issues, how to negotiate with an agency or government department, how to make your own publicity and how to organize tenants. These tapes also deal with the question of ownership and control of the media as well as with press coverage of the work of community groups.

3)The following list of films are also available: Day Care, World from Wheels, Con-tact (discussion between inmates of Springhill Institution and residents of Springhill), a series of four tapes around the topic of retirement, Public Participation of Planning, Community Planning - Baddeck, Human Rights Commission, Buchan's Act I and II - life in the company owned mining town in Newfoundland, depicted by the Mummer's Troupe of Newfoundland.

The Video Theatre has most everything that is necessary to shoot and edit one-half inch black and white video tapes. The theatre also provides advice on how to plan, make and distribute good video tapes.
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