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Athena Cinema addresses food insecurity at 8th-annual Holiday Film Series

Athena Cinema addresses food insecurity at 8th-annual Holiday Film Series
Photo courtesy of the Athena Cinema.

University, community donations assist local food pantry during the 2019 holiday season

The Athena Cinema Holiday Film Series, an annual staple within uptown Athens and one of the area's strong partnerships with Ohio University, was held December 5 through the 12. The annual event offered free admission to holiday movie favorites in exchange for food or cash donations for the Athens Food Pantry.

The event’s 2019 netted 498 community members attending the screenings and donation 500 pound of food and $722.10 in cash for the pantry. To date, 4,700 Holiday Film Series moviegoers have donated 6,528 pounds of food and more than $3,097 since the series began in 2011.

“Our patrons love teaching their children about supporting the Athens Food Pantry and they also enjoy watching the holiday classics on the big screen in Uptown Athens.”

The first holiday movie screened, the classic 1964 short, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” coincided with the Athens Uptown Business Association’s (AUBA) kick-off event, Uptown for the Holidays. The family friendly AUBA event offered wagon rides, visits with Santa and music.  

The Athena Cinema is proud to host an annual event that brings students and community members together to share in and enjoy the holiday season, says Athena Cinema Director Alexandra Kamody.

The series offers local families, community members and students a low-cost entertainment option during the holiday season and brings more traffic to Uptown businesses.

The Athena Cinema of Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts partnered with Ohio University to host the annual event.