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.