Banner Photo by Joe Waller - Tommy - 1977
The Hip Pocket Theatre has been filming its productions for many years and most of the old videos, prior to 2005, were lost to us. Not too long ago we finally came into possession of a large collection of the old videos in various formats from standard VHS to 3/4" U-Matic. Who knows, there may even be some Betamax and VHS-C tapes in there somewhere. We put the collection into temperature controlled storage, for safe keeping, always with the thought that we would try to transfer them from their current format into a digital format for permanent storage.

Recently, Bruce Balentine organized a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money to begin this important work of preserving the Hip Pocket Theatre's body of work; more precisely, Johnny and Diane Simons and Douglas Balentine's bodies of work.

On this page, we'll try to keep you up-to-date on the status of our efforts pertaining to historical videos of the past. As we go through the collection and get it organized, we'll let you know which videos we've found and which have been digitized and preserved.

We may find that some shows are missing from our collection...and that's where you may be able to help. Some plays, we may find, were never filmed and so are lost forever, some plays you may have a VCR tape of in your own collection. Once we know what we have, we may put out the plea for you to check your own collection to see if you can help us fill in the holes.

Thank you for your support over the past 38 years and for your support of this important project.
Year
Play
Status
Found
1976
"The Three Cuckolds"
Unknown
No
1977
"Cowtown!"
Unknown
No
1977
"Mad Dog Blues"
DVD, mp4
YES (Partial)
1977
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
Unknown
No
1977
"Tarzan of the Apes"
Unknown
No
1977
"Tommy"
Unknown
No
1977
"In Watermelon Sugar"
Unknown
No
1977
"Nova's Shady Grove"
Unknown
No
1978
"Even If You Ca Stop the Yellow Claw, My Deadly Tidal Wave Will Still Destroy New York!"
Unknown
No
1978
"The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa In the Garden"
Unknown
No
1978
"Old Mother West Wind"
Unknown
No
1978
"Peter Pan"
Unknown
No
1978
"The Return of Tarzan"
Unknown
No
1978
"Van Gogh/Gauguin"
Unknown
No
1978
"The Lake Worth Monster"
Unknown
No
1978
"A Christmas Carol"
Unknown
No
1979
"The Club"
Unknown
No
1979
"Tartuffe"
Unknown
No
1979
"The Veldt"
Unknown
No
1979
"Prince Reynard"
Unknown
No
1979
"Antamoso And The Bear"
Unknown
No
1979
"The Wizard of Oz"
Unknown
No
1979
"Tarzan Of The Oaks"
Unknown
No
1979
"The Frogs"
Unknown
No
1979
"The Billy-Club Puppets"
Unknown
No
1980
"Raggedy Farm"
Unknown
No
1980
"Captive Wild Women"
Unknown
No
1980
"Charlie Chan In The House Of Tomorrow"
Unknown
No
1980
"War Of The Worlds"
Unknown
No
1981
"Return Of The Creature"
Unknown
No
1981
"Pinocchio Commedia"
Unknown
No
1981
"The Butterfly's Evil Spell"
Unknown
No
1981
"Hearts Of The City"
DVD, mp4
YES
1981
"King Kong"
Unknown
No
1981
"A Saga Of Billy the Kid"
DVD
YES
1982
"The Impressario"
Unknown
No
1982
"Raggedy Farm"
Unknown
No
1982
"Clown Alley, Circus Days"
Unknown
No
1982
"Sex Kittens Go to College"
DVD, mp4
YES
1982
"Cowtown!"
Unknown
No
1982
"The Spanish Brabanter, Part 1"
Unknown
No
1983
"The Spanish Brabanter, Part 2"
Unknown
No
1983
"La Fontaine's Fables in Mime and Song"
Unknown
No
1983
"Elder Oaks"
Unknown
No
1983
"Tarzan Of The Oaks"
Unknown
No
1983
"Ely Green and the Royal Flying Corps O' Cowtown"
Unknown
No
1983
"Worksong"
Unknown
No
1983
"Even If You Can Stop the Yellow Claw, My Deadly Tidal Wave Will Still Destroy New York! II"
Unknown
No
1983
"A Chritmas Carol"
Unknown
No
1984
"The Beggar's Opera"
DVD, mp4
YES
1984
"Barbecue Joints, Chili Dogs, and Brazen Hussies
Transferred to DVD
YES
1984
"Cowboy Mouth" and "Cowboys 2"
DVD, mp4
YES
1984
"Mind Mimes"
Unknown
No
1984
"The Head, Hands, And Toes Show"
DVD, mp4
YES
1984
"The Maltese Falcon"
DVD, mp4
YES
1984
"Underneath The Top Down (A Cowtown Brigadoon"
DVD, mp4
YES
1984
"Mirandolina (Mistress Of The Inn)"
DVD, mp4
YES
1984
"Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein"
DVD, mp4
YES
1984
"Tales Of The Arabian Nights"
VHS Tape
YES