NJ.com: 'Batman' producer Michael Uslan believes in good, kicking off fundraising for Lambertville movie theater

January 16th, 2013

‘Batman’ producer Michael Uslan believes in good, kicking off fundraising for Lambertville movie theater

By Renée Kiriluk-Hill
on January 16, 2013

LAMBERTVILLE — Hunterdon doesn’t have a movie theater and the Friends of the Lambertville Library want to do something about it.

Emboldened by the success of the group’s weekend film showings at the Acme Screening Room, organizers are launching a fundraising campaign to improve seating, sound, lighting and projection equipment.

The goal is to create a space that functions as a city meeting room and state-approved municipal court on weekdays and as a movie theater on weekends. Architect and volunteer Gary O’Connor is working on the plans.

Screening Room volunteer and lead organizer Sara Scully said that hopefully the refurbished space will get pleated fabric walls to a chair rail, a new projector and sound system, better lighting, theater seats (removable if a flood threatens) and a pull-down screen.

Because the city-owned space is also used as a court, it will need to meet state-set requirements, as well as city approval. The Friends will raise money for the renovations.

To get that process going, executive producer Michael Uslan will speak, take questions and sign his new book at the Screening Room on Saturday, Feb. 9, starting at 5 p.m.

Uslan is the driving force behind the “Batman” movies since 1989, from the Tim Burton-directed “Batman,” starring Michael Keaton, to Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” starring Christian Bale.

Uslan, the father of two now-grown children, won an Emmy after bringing the animated series “Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego” to television.

He has authored books, including a college textbook for a course he created, and comic books starring Batman and more, including the “Archie Marries Veronica/Archie Marries Betty” story. On Feb. 9 he will sign his new autobiography, “The Boy Who Loved Batman.”

Uslan is donating his appearance to help a nonprofit arts organization. He was raised in Monmouth County and still lives in New Jersey.

Tickets to the talk and book-signing with Uslan are available online. They cost $40 for Acme Screening Room Members, $50 for non-members and are free with a new membership or February renewal. The talk and a signed book cost $70/$80 or $30.


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