The Hippo


May 28, 2020








Angie Lane. Courtesy photo.

Red River Theatres

Where: 11 S. Main St., Suite L1-1, Concord
Contact: Visit, email or call 224-4600 for more information, including upcoming events and movie times
From Hollywood to Main Street: Concord has its own red carpet and Oscar viewing party at Red River Theatres Sunday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m., a black tie event with wine, food, music, trivia, special “famous guests” (actors dressing up as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, etc.), a live screening of the Oscar results, plus photos, with proceeds going to support community and educational programming at Red River Theatres. Tickets are $60.

Familiar face
New executive director at Red River is Angie Lane

By Kelly Sennott

Red River Theatres’ new executive director is Angie Lane — a familiar face to members of the Concord community. 

Lane, a Concord native, was the city’s 2016 Young Professional of the Year and worked the past two years at New Hampshire Public Radio as a donor services associate. Before that, she was the Red River events and marketing manager. She talked with The Hippo recently about starting the job in January and what she’s looking forward to in this new position.
Why did you want the job?
After working at Red River, I knew I didn’t want to work at a for-profit again. It’s such a different feel. And when the opportunity came to go to NHPR, I did feel that it was something strategic for me. I wanted to learn from who I thought were some of the best fundraisers in the state. … I found out the previous executive director [Shelly Hudson, who now runs Amplified Arts in Claremont] left last July. …My goal was to one day lead a nonprofit, though my dream job was probably running Red River Theatres. I never thought that opportunity would come so soon.
Why did you think you would be a good match?
I worked [at Red River] for nearly four years. I’m proud to say I can start a movie and a popcorn machine. … At NHPR, I had a really great mentor, someone who showed me how to fundraise. … We are a nonprofit, and so fundraising is very important. … I do have a lot more to learn, but I think I’m a little ahead of someone who might have come in [from] out of state and out of the industry. I know the team and have familiarity with how they work and what their strengths are. … It sounds so cheesy, but it’s like coming home.
How have your first weeks been?
It’s my first executive director position, so I’m jumping in on that side, figuring out things like budget and strategy. … While I was gone from Red River, they got new software, so I’m learning that now. I’m catching up on everything I’ve missed the past two years. The floor staff is different, because it’s made up mostly of high school and college students, but the team is still the same, so it’s been fun to be able to work with them again.
What are you looking forward to working on?
I think my first year will be about learning, listening to and meeting people, but I have my eye on doing more educational programming and reaching out to partner with more community organizations. … First priority is the fiscal health of this place.
Tell me about your first experience with Red River Theatres as a patron 10 years ago.
I didn’t know the efforts that had gone into [building] it, but I’ve come to learn about that. It was so exciting. They had a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and we walked through the theater. You know how cars have that brand-new car smell? It had a brand-new theater smell! The seats were so new, they must have just taken the plastic off them a week earlier. They were popping popcorn. There was still this wonderment at having this amazing facility open up in downtown Concord. I personally believe it was the beginning of the revitalization of downtown.
What role does the theater play in the Concord community?
The first two weeks on the job, I was talking with Paul Hodes about how a group of community members saved and revitalized the Capitol Center for the Arts. There is this culture, particularly here in Concord, where people value the arts and what they bring. … They did a big study here in New Hampshire, and it was proven that the arts bring in millions of dollars to the cities they exist in. … There’s an incredible value we bring to the city, socially and financially. If you come to a movie, maybe you’ll grab a drink at a local bar, or maybe you’ll have dinner, and then you’ll see some of the amazing downtown shops we have. … If we were all to disappear tomorrow, there would be great ramifications, and not just toward culture.

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