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Fifth annual Summer Family Film Series coming soon to the Athena Cinema

The Athena Cinema announces the return of the much-loved “Beat the Heat $2 Days” summer movie series from June 23 to Aug. 5.

During the summer, many people look forward to the cool air-conditioned atmosphere of a movie theater. The Athena Cinema offers a summer movie series for the community that promises fun for all ages. The fifth annual Beat the Heat $2 Days series begins Friday, June 23, and offers discounted admission to classic family films.

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 several area agencies and businesses to bring back the family movie series. As part of the screening events, there are raffles, giveaways and other activities. The series benefits several area children’s agencies and all ticket proceeds benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County.

The Athena Cinema will show afternoon screenings of popular family films every Saturday at 3 p.m. The first film, “The Neverending Story,” is scheduled for June 24. Other scheduled screenings include “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” on July 1, “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,” on July 8, “The Black Stallion” on July 15, “The Secret Garden” on July 19 and a double feature including “The Red Balloon,” and Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” on Aug. 5. This year’s program includes a special teen night screening of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to kick off the series at 7 p.m. Friday, June 23.

There are also several special events planned in conjunction with the series. The July 19 screening will feature “The Secret In Your Garden,” a short presentation on bees and butterflies by Teresa Caldwell of the Athens Soil and Water Conservation District. The double feature finale event on Aug. 5 will feature a live performance by OHIO music professors Roger Braun and André Gribou.

“We chose films that we thought every child should experience on the big screen,” said the Athena Cinema’s director, Alexandra Kamody.

To benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County, the price of admission to these screenings will be a minimum suggested donation of $2 per ticket.

Tickets will be available one week before each scheduled screening. The screenings are one-time only events and there will be a limited number of tickets available. The Athena Cinema lobby is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 2:30 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday.

The purpose of this initiative is to give back to the greater Athens community and area children’s organizations. The cinema also hopes to provide an affordable uptown entertainment option and increase traffic to area businesses. In addition, Kids on Campus groups will have the opportunity to screen the movies at the Athena as part of their weekly summer activities. Please come out and support the initiative, take advantage of local shopping/restaurants and enjoy a fun summer event with your family.

This series would not be possible without the generous support of Athena’s partners: Ohio University, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Athens County Children Services and Kids on Campus, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County, Shagbark Seed and Mill and Athens Public Libraries.

More information and movie trailers can be found on the Athena Cinema website at athenacinema.com.