Snowmass history: A “reel live film freak” takes the reins at Snowmass Festival Theatre |

Snowmass history: A “reel live film freak” takes the reins at Snowmass Festival Theatre

Jon Busch was “synonymous with good films” in Aspen, Snowmass

Jon Busch stands on stage at the Wheeler Opera House in 1984.
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“Jon Busch is a reel live film freak,” reported the Snowmass Affairs Magazine in 1985. “Since 1972, when he first began programming the movies at the Wheeler Opera House, Jon Busch has become synonymous with good films, be they old or new, American or foreign, popular or obscure. … But Jon Busch cares about the films he shows, and we should consider ourselves fortunate that he is once again at the helm of a local movie house, the Snowmass Festival Theatre.” While the Snowmass Theatre presented live theater for a month that winter, Busch also showed “Warren Miller’s latest ski film, ’Ski Time,’ every Saturday afternoon. And until the schedule returns to full-time films around February 22, he will also show a series of ‘cult’ films on Saturday nights.”

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