Everybody should support fracing in COS. It will bring alot of needed jobs and tax revenue too our town. It isn't near as bad as people want you to believe wells are drilled precisely and water tables are preserved they have been fracing all over the western slope and Denver metro area for years with no ill effects not to mention all over the rest of the United States and the World this is not the sixties anymore things are done safely with alot of regulations
This talk was excellent! Too bad it was sold out and many citizens (and city council members) missed it. Lucky for us, Wes and Phil will be back for another talk, Jan 31, 6:30 p.m. Penrose Main Library, Carnegie Room. You don't want to miss this!
I am so happy they are offering this again.
Alexander Film & Video Services, which specialized in the transfer of film and video to digital platforms, closed its doors Monday — the end of a business whose roots date to a 1920s company that was an advertising giant for decades and operated a movie studio in Colorado Springs that was one of the world’s largest.
Owner John Kunze said his business has suffered for years as customers cut back on their purchases of film and video transfer services because of the bad economy. Meanwhile, he battled national retailers who offered similar services. Kunze once had eight employees, but was down to one at the time of this week’s closing.
“You’ve got Walgreens and Wal-Mart, and they’re also doing digitizing transfers,” he said. “So we try and compete with them. It’s just to the point where I can’t keep it going. The revenues have dropped so much. We tried everything you can imagine to revive it. But it’s just tough times.”
Kunze owned Alexander for the past seven years, and the business had a reputation as a top local company for film and video transfers. Alexander also produced videos of family and corporate events, while offering broadcast duplication services, among other features.
But many families tightened their belts when the economy slumped, he said.
“If they’re having tough times or one of them is underemployed or lost their jobs, I don’t think their worry is getting their films or movies transferred,” Kunze said.
Likewise, universities, schools and other business customers trimmed their budgets. A Christian ministry used Alexander to duplicate its in-house produced broadcasts, and then sent them to TV stations around the country. When the ministry saw its donations drop because of the economy, it stopped using Alexander for its duplication services.
Kunze said his most recent annual revenues were about one-third of what they were several years ago.
The domed-shaped building that Kunze owns at 1414 N. Academy Blvd., which houses the business, fell into foreclosure in August and is due to be sold at an El Paso County Public Trustee’s auction Dec. 12.
Kunze doesn’t know if he might declare bankruptcy, and left open the possibility of selling the company.
“It’s still an active business. There’s just less than there used to be,” Kunze said.
Customers are being called and asked to come to the business, 1414 N. Academy Blvd., by Friday to retrieve film and video items they had dropped off or to pick up work the company had completed, Kunze said.
After Friday, Kunze said he planned to post a phone number on the building door to alert customers how they could pick up their items.
Alexander’s film and video transfer service was a successor to the Alexander Film Co., which was a dominant player in film advertising from its headquarters in Colorado Springs.
Brothers J. Don and Don M. Alexander founded an electrical company in Spokane, Wash., in 1919 that grew into a business that sold and filmed advertisements airing in movie theaters before the showing of motion pictures — similar to ads seen in theaters today.
As the business took off, the Alexanders moved to Englewood in 1923 and to the Springs five years later. They occupied 26 acres on Nevada Avenue, north of Fillmore Street, to house the film company.
According to Kunze’s website for Alexander Film & Video, the original Alexander Film Co. headquarters on North Nevada had “32 full-size motion picture sets, modern film and audio laboratories, a sound recording department, an art department capable of creating cartoon animation, stop motion, backgrounds and other special movie effects, an engineering department and a full service print shop.”
J. Don Alexander died in 1955; by the early 1960s, Don M. Alexander had retired. In 1967, the company stopped producing film and became a film processing lab for Hollywood studios and reproduced film for companies.
Alexander’s North Nevada headquarters building was torn down to make way for a bank, while KKTV/Channel 11 bought the soundstages and converted them into a TV station.
The Pikes Peak Library District has a section devoted to Alexander Film, including photographs, correspondence and many of the company’s commercials and documentaries. Kunze said he owns memorabilia such as old films, commercials, advertising props and a sign that hung on the front door of Alexander’s main lab.
He’s holding on to the items for now, and also retains the rights to the company’s website domain — alexanderfilm.com.
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Time quoted is incorrect, we meet WEDNESDAYS at 7-8:30 PM, not Saturday.
Looks like comments are posted newest to oldest. Please see my first, original comment below, starting with "Hello, I would very much encourage......." It is odd recommending supporting The World Arena, as this is where the cruel circuses take place. I would love to support The World Arena; I just wish they could get more things like this and thrive, without the other.
Please consider joining us in ANY capacity you can - Pikes Peak Animal Rights Team.
I would very much encourage going to this event. This is a circus with amazing feats of human talent, and, unlike other circuses, does not involve "entertainment" via cruelty. It does not take breaking the spirits and backs of animals; it does not involve cruelty to animals, such as bullhooks (hidden in sleeves even during performance on-stage) - to get animals to contort and do things against their natures. One site to visit regarding circus animals (and please boycott the circus and rodeo when they come to town this summer; Denver and Boulder have already ousted them (at least, Boulder has) - is www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com. Please enjoy all the amazing talent this world of artistry has to offer, but without its being at the sacrifice of innocent sentient beings. Julie Shavin
Finally a place where its about the music...and not about the drinking
Archer (from Rough Age) will be joined by A Bad Night For a Hero, too! $10 cover gets you free food & drinks. 8-11
There was NO HOUSING available at the Stand Down for the homeless veterans; they all left STILL HOMELESS!
I checked out MoodSwings last night for Malcolm Marchman...this is a great new place to see live acoustic music in a family friendly environment. a must see with the kiddos
Come one and all.
A rollicking good time with great theatre and fabulous live jazz. Call the Fine Arts Center at 634-5583 to get your tickets and then pick them up at Broadmoor Community Church the night of the performance.
Tickets are available at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center!. This an outstanding show with an all-star cast. You'll be happy you came.
What a fantastic evening! A great show for any age. We will be back next year!!!!!
Whose work (mixed media pendants) is featured in the image? Thanks.
Brick Alley, a local cover band covering Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots, Local H, Weezer, and putting our own twist on Green Day, Radiohead, and R.E.M songs, will be taking the stage at 11 after the tribute band. We have been on the bill since the moment the show was booked a month ago. See you all there!
Where would a family in need of a very large turkey go? If giving away things that go with bird like mushy taters as kids call them rolls etc would be great
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