Tench Phillips III, co-owner of the Naro Expanded Cinema, sat down to talk about the book that changed his life, what Allen Ginsberg was like as a teacher, the biggest celebrity to see a movie at the Naro, and his destiny and mission in life.
The Naro movie theater is one of only 250 single-screen movie theaters remaining in America. For nearly 40 years, Tench Phillips and his childhood friend, Thom Vourlas, have steered the art house movie theater through a radically changing media environment.
Originally opened in 1936, the theater has survived the advent of television, VHS and DVD rentals, home theaters, the switch from film to digital projection, and online streaming services. In this wide-ranging and unpredictable conversation, Tench discusses attending college in 1960’s America, the early years of the Naro Cinema, and suffers through a game of rapid fire.
This episode of The Q & A with A. P. C. was recorded at Tench’s office next door to the Naro.