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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
1985
"The Three Cuckolds"
DVD, mp4
YES
1985
"Adventures With June and Scotty"
DVD, mp4
YES
1985
"Kerouac: A Remembrance"
DVD, mp4
YES
1985
"Riders Of The Purple Sage"
DVD, mp4
YES
1985
"R. Crumb Comix"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1985
"A Date With Judy"
Transfered to DVD
YES
1985
"The Crimson Pirate"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1985
"When World's Collide"
Unknown
No
1985
"The Second Shepherd's Play"
DVD
YES
1986
"The Mandrake"
VHS Tape
YES
1986
"The Meema Sextet"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1986
"Freaks"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1986
"Peter Pan"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1986
"On Beast Beach"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1986
"Old Tarzan"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1986
"In Watermelon Sugar"
DVD
YES
1987
"Lucy and Desi Vs. The Killer Shrews"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1987
Nova's Shady Grove"
DVD, mp4
YES
1987
"The Real True Story of Ducy the Pucy"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1987
"Our Town"
DVD
YES
1987
"Women In Slips"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1987
"Van Gogh/Gauguin"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1987
"A Bowl Of Red"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1987
"Puppetmaster"
DVD
YES
1988
"The Lady Vanishes"
DVD
YES
1988
"Live From Ft. Worth, It's Saturday Night!"
Unknown
No
1988
"Wild Man Of the Navidad"
DVD
YES
1988
"Tarzan Of The Apes"
DVD
YES
1988
"Widows"
DVD
YES
1988
"A Lil' Green Fall"
DVD
YES
1988
"Mad Dog Blues"
Unknown
No
1988
"Old Coots Read Genesis 1 Through 8 (King James Version)"
DVD
YES
1988
"Petrushka (Russian Folk Tale)"
Unknown
No
1989
"The Scarecrow"
Unknown
No
1989
"Adventures of the Shadow Starring Lamont Cranston and Margo Lane"
Unknown
YES
1989
"Dreams, Schemes, And Imaginings"
Unknown
No
1989
"Young Dowds"
DVD
YES
1989
"Attack of the B-Girls"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1989
"The Lake Worth Monster"
DVD
YES (full dress rehearsal)
1989
"Even If You Can Stop The Yellow Claw, My Deadly Tidal Wave Will Still Destroy New York! III"
DVD
YES
1989
"La Fontaine's Fables In Mime And Song"
DVD
YES
1990
"R. Crumb Comix II"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1990
"Shazam!"
DVD
YES
1990
"Kuru"
DVD
YES
1990
"A Covey Of Ones (Evening of One-Acts)"
DVD
YES
1990
"Molemo!"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1990
"Tom Sawyer (A Banjo commedia)"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1990
"Blob"
Unknown
No
1991
"Cowtown!"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1991
"Pinnochio Commedia"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1991
"Picnic"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1991
"The Butterfly's Evil Spell"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1991
"The Bride of Frankenstein"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1992
"A Saga of Billy The Kid"
DVD
YES
1992
"A Midsummer Night's Dream"
DVD
YES
1992
"Baby Doll"
DVD
YES
1992
"Nightmare Alley Starring Tyrone Power"
Transferred to DVD
YES
1992
"Sleepy Hollow, A Headless Tale"
DVD
YES