Mar 05, 2014 — Jeff Barker wasn't well known in the North Country. But his music and his work as an instrument restorer brought back to life a part of the region's history. Barker was a celebrated organ player from Manchester, England who specialized in accompanying silent movies.
For more than a decade, his performances were a big draw at the Palace Theater in Lake Placid. The silent films he accompanied were also a cornerstone of the Lake Placid Film Forum.
In 1998, Barker also led the team that restored the Palace's Robert Morton organ, which was first built in 1926. Brian Mann knew Barker for years, and learned last week that he'd passed away on New Year's Eve. He has this look back at Barker's life and his work in Lake Placid. Go to full article
Now that's a good old fashioned scary monster. John Barrymore as Dr. Hyde. Photo: Susan Waters from the 1920s film
Nov 01, 2013 — On Halloween night, our Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann, went to the Palace Theater in Lake Placid.
The big attraction was a performance by silent film organist Jeff Barker, accompanying a 1920s version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" starring John Barrymore. Perfect fare for a rainy, misty Halloween. Go to full article
Above: the restored marquis, below: Reg Clark with the restored Palace organ
Oct 09, 2007 — The old main street theatre marquee is a fading sight on the American landscape. Lake Placid not only has a beautifully restored marquee, but the inside of the theatre has been restored with the same care and attention to detail, thanks to its owner of 46 years, Reg Clark. Today, NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Varick Chittenden and Joel Hurd talk about the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid and learn more about its history and one-of -a-kind organ. Go to full article