Noted film historian and preservationist, Lou DiCrescenzo has been collecting original films and projection equipment for over forty years. Through Lou’s efforts and generosity many rare and formerly lost films have been saved and donated to the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute where they have been copied and are now available for viewing and study. Lou has also donated or lent silent era projection equipment to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York and Universal Theme Park in Orlando, Florida. Films from Lou’s extensive collection have been presented at numerous festivals in the United States such as the Benzwood Silent Festival and the Festival of Dance in London, England where he was also an honored guest and lecturer. Serving in the role of technical consultant, Lou has assisted with touring exhibits dealing with silent era projection and film. A long term member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Lou was the technical supervisor for the Ritz Theatre circuit. Lou’s interest has not been solely in film. An accomplished musician, Lou has performed with many regional orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy and the Trenton State Symphony. He now hosts and programs his radio show “Sunshine Music Memories with Smilin’ Lou Powers” and the upcoming “Easy Afternoons” on WBCB 1490 AM. Presently, Lou’s vast film collection is seen regularly at the Ambler, County and Hiway Theatres.
We are very fortunate to work closely with Mr. DiCrescenzo. His incredible collection of rare and vintage films has provided the Ambler Theater with one-of-a-kind programming that cannot be seen anywhere else.