Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Krista Fahlgren
PCN Editor 

Villa Theatre Reopens, Thanks Sponsors


October 7, 2020

Villa Theatre owner Greg Kirkwood and staff found this 1960's Halloween mask when renovating the movie house's marquee earlier this year. It will appear in the theatre's lobby this month. Courtesy photo.

When The Villa opened its doors on October 2nd, they did it knowing that they could keep them open for the entire month thanks to some generous local businesses.

"We had just been throwing around the idea of asking businesses to sponsor tickets like the pool did this summer when Katie Brown called and said the RCAN wanted to sponsor 15 tickets and challenge other non-profits and businesses to do the same. From there, it just spread like wildfire, the next thing we knew, each showing in October had a sponsor," said manager Angel Kent.

While it doesn't totally relieve her anxiety for the future of the theatre, her gratitude is apparent. "It's amazing how giving this community is, and it is nice to know that the community supports us."

The next few months will be critical for the long term future of the big screen in Malta. With the movie industry nearly completely shut down and no new releases available, theatres across the country are being shuttered. With the additional challenge of COVID restrictions mandating capacity, the battle is just beginning.

"We are limited to only 50 customers per night, in a building that can hold 300. We met 50 on the nose opening night and came pretty close on Saturday, too. Sponsorships are a huge help, and if people will continue to show up each weekend, we will be able to make it until new movies start being released again," Kent stated. "So, please keep coming out to the movies!"

With a few tweaks to the current system, the sponsorship packages remain available and very much appreciated. Any business, organization, family, or individual can purchase a package that will cover the cost of 15 tickets for $135.00, or 15 children's tickets for $75.00. Also available are the Combo Packs, which include an appropriately sized popcorn, candy, and drink at the same cost. Call Angel at 654-1369 to sign up or for more information.


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