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Cultural Hub at Catamount Arts

By Olivia Hamel
On April 20, 2012


In the rural area of Lyndonville, students complain of "boredom," yet Catamount Arts allows LSC students to view their movies for free.

On a college student budget, the student discount is an alluring aspect of Catamount, although it is not the only impressive one.

Professor Linda Mitchell, who advocates the opportunities that Catamount provides said, "It's a great organization that has interesting independent films."

They also have sponsored performances. Buddy Guy who played Monday, was sold out well before the performance even took place.

An even more hidden aspect of the Catamount Arts is that they provide a free "Mic-Night" once a week, told Linda Wacholder, director of career services her at LSC, and also a board member at Catamount Arts.

 Catamount Arts is a perfect hidden treasure for LSC students who are feeling creative, looking for something to do or MBI majors who want to test out a song.

Mitchell said, "The movies are free, all you have to do is show your LSC I.D."

They show two movies during the week. They show them in the evening and in the afternoon. They have 5:30 shows, 7:00 shows and 9:00 shows. Catamount has a website that provides people with movie schedules, due to the fact that movies are changing constantly. The website is

The website is a useful tool because it shows movies that are currently playing and movies that are coming up, as well as other events. The website even provides an "Event Calendar," so that customers can make plans in advance or buy tickets for a certain event before they sell out.

Not only does Catamount provide local audiences with live performances, and discounted movies, but there is also an art gallery that is located inside the Catamount Arts building.  The gallery changes frequently, about once a week.

Catamount Arts sponsored a film festival; the Green Mountain Film Festival. Wacholder told, "It was exciting because it brought people from far and wide and they premiered a local filmmaker's movie, Demolition Derby."

Wacholder said, "They were short films, but maybe the directors will be some of the great artists in the future."

 Wacholder also added, "There are a number of free events, free bluegrass concerts once a month, and lectures that happen. It is a cultural hub. If we did not have Catamount in this area we would really be at a loss for a lot of cultural happenings."

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