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Athena Cinema and University to host special family movies for charity


The holidays are the perfect time to create warm family memories that last well beyond the winter season. 

For the fourth consecutive year, the Athena Cinema will be showing family-friendly holiday classics that will bring families together for a fun-filled Saturday afternoon, while supporting those who are in need.

From Nov. 28 through Dec. 19, the Athena Cinema of Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts will partner with the Department of Real Estate Management, Community Engagement and Economic Development and Athens food pantries to lessen food insecurity for Athens-community families.

The Athena Cinema will be showing afternoon screenings of popular family films every Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The first event on Nov. 28 is a screening of “Hugo.” Other scheduled screenings include “Elf” on Dec. 5, “The Polar Express” on Dec. 12 and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on Dec. 19. This year’s program includes a special evening screening of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Dec. 12.

There will be a limited number of tickets available for these one-time only screening events.

“We love celebrating the holidays with this annual tradition,” says the Athena Cinema’s Director, Alexandra Kamody, “It gives our community a chance to give back meanwhile enjoying time together.”

To benefit area families in need, the price of admission to these screenings will be a minimum donation of one canned food per ticket. The food items will be donated to Athens city food pantries and other hunger relief programs. Tickets will be available one week before each scheduled screening. Donations may be dropped off during regular Athena lobby hours. At the time of the donation, ticket redemption will be given. The Athena Cinema lobby is open on Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 to 10 p.m.

The purpose of this initiative is to give back to the greater Athens community and families in need during the season. We also hope to provide an affordable uptown entertainment option and increase traffic to area businesses. Please come out and support our initiative while enjoying a fun holiday event with your family.