Archive for August, 2014

Kuser Mansion Home Entertainment: Then and Now

August 25, 2014

“We were in the magic domain …” wrote the author. When the curtains parted, the silent and darkened room transformed into another realm with a fanfare of music and 20th Century Fox spotlights flashing across an 18-foot screen, once hidden but now revealed by the theater master’s cue and a pull of a chord.

Welcome to one of America’s first home entertainment centers, dating back to 1919.

The movie night described above was from circa 1940. The venue was — and still is — the Kuser farm mansion on Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton; the theater master, Fritz Kuser; and the author mentioned above, Tom Glover, Hamilton Township historian and writer/publisher of the blog known as the Hamilton Scrapbook.

Only a couple hours before the show, the 45-foot-long home-theater room would have been the Kuser family’s dining room. But when it was time for the Sunday night movie, the table would be folded up and set aside, the big oak chairs lined up in rows, folding chairs added as needed, and pillows placed up front for the children. ……..

Today, almost 100 years after the Kusers showed their first film, Hamilton Township continues the tradition.

Movies are shown monthly, and visitors can explore the projection room with its original equipment and vintage movie posters almost any weekend during house tours that are offered throughout the year…… Read more at Princetoninfo.com.