The holidays are here and that means it’s time for Athena Cinemas to announce the lineup of classic holiday films for the 10th Annual Holiday Film Series.
Beginning on Friday, December 2, the series offers free admission to holiday movies in exchange for a food or cash donation for a local food pantry.
From December 2 to December 22, Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts’ Athena Cinema will partner with OHIO, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the Athens Uptown Business Association and the Athens Food Pantry to bring back the traditional holiday movie series. .
Athena Cinema will change the lineup this year by starting the event on the same night as the Athens Tree Lighting.
- The first show will be on the evening of Friday, December 2, featuring “Edward Scissorhands” at 7 p.m.
- A second show will feature “Elf” on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- On Saturday, Dec. 10, the theater will be showing “A Christmas Story” at 3 p.m., and there will also be an ugly sweater contest before the movie.
- “The Grinch (2018)” will be played on Saturday, December 17 at 3 p.m.
- The final event will be on Thursday, Dec. 22, and will be a screening of “White Christmas” at 7 p.m.
“We are thrilled to host the 10th year of the Holiday Series. There’s something magical about watching holiday movies together on Court Street and the experience is one of our favorite annual traditions,” said Athena Cinema Director Alexandra Comodi.
To benefit needy area families, the price of admission to these screenings will be a non-perishable food item or cash donation per ticket. Over the past 10 years, this event series has raised nearly 7,000 pounds of non-perishable food donations and nearly $4,300 in cash donations for the Athens Food Pantry.
Tickets will be available one week before each scheduled screening. This year tickets will also be available online with a monetary donation. Donations can be dropped off during regular Athena lobby hours. At the time of donation, tickets will be issued. The Athena Cinema lobby is open Tuesday and Wednesday 4 – 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday 4 – 10 p.m., Saturday 2 – 10 p.m., and Sunday 2 – 8 p.m.
The holiday series initiative aims to give back to the greater Athens community and families in need during the season. The cinema hopes to provide an affordable uptown entertainment option and increase traffic to area businesses. All students, faculty, staff and area residents are invited to support the initiative, take advantage of local shopping/restaurants and enjoy a fun holiday event with family and friends.
More information and movie trailers can be found on the Athena Cinema website at http://athenacinema.com/holidayseries/