North Pole, NY

The Adirondack debut of

North Pole, NY is a brand new documentary about Santa's Workshop, one of the very first theme parks in the U.S. Battling against a changing economy, the digital world, and a con-man who tries to steal Christmas, the dreamers in one small town vow to keep the park open and the magic of Christmas alive all year.

LPCA will host the Adirondack premiere of the documentary film North Pole, NY on Saturday, June 23rd, with the filmmakers and stars of the film in attendance. As big fans of theme parks and roadside attractions, Brooklyn, NY filmmakers Ali Cotterill and Christa Orth discovered Santa's Workshop on the blog Roadside America ( in the summer of 2012. They were inspired to make a feature-length documentary, North Pole, NY, about the park and the people in the town of Wilmington, which has had the unique draw of the zip code North Pole, NY since the 1950s.

Founded in 1949, Santa's Workshop, a Christmas theme park near Lake Placid, is the very first theme park in the Adirondacks. Its popularity in the 1950s spawned a dozen other theme parks including the Land of Make Believe, Old MacDonald's Farm and Frontier Town. Though almost all the others have shut down or have been bought by larger amusement corporations, Santa's Workshop is still open, one of the last holdouts.

The film is both a portrait of the retro theme park, and the workers, townspeople and visitors who fight to keep it alive against all odds.



Christa Orth, producer and Ali Cotterill, director have been collaborators since 2004. Their short films have screened at 100+ festivals around the world, won several awards, and been broadcast on Logo TV and Current TV. North Pole, NY, is their first feature. 

When they're not filming in the beautiful Adirondacks, Ali works as a film and video editor and Christa works as a consultant at a fundraising and design firm. They're based in Brooklyn, NY.

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