Holiday Film Series Benefits Area Families

Alexandra Kamody

Updated Fri, Nov 23, 2012 12:19 am

Enjoying classic movies together is a cherished holiday tradition for many families.

Now a new program is making it possible to enjoy favorites on the big screen while assisting other community families who may be struggling this holiday season.

Starting Nov. 24 and running through Dec. 22, Ohio University’s Athena Cinema, the Office of the EVP & Provost and the VP for Finance & Administration are partnering with Athens food pantries to help stamp out food insecurity.

The theater will show popular family films every Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. The first event on Nov. 24 is a screening of the beloved film E.T.

Other titles include include Elf on Dec. 1, How The Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey on Dec. 8, The Polar Express on Dec. 15 and A Christmas Story on Dec. 22. 

The screenings are one-time only events with a limited number of available tickets.

"Movies are a great way to bring families together during the holiday season," said Donna Goss, OU director of Real Estate Management, Community Engagement and Economic Development. "The University is delighted to sponsor this initiative that offers family-friendly entertainment while supporting our local emergency food assistance network."

To benefit area families in need, the price of admission will be a minimum donation of one canned food item per ticket. The food 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. Tickets will be given at the time of the donation.

The Athena Cinema lobby is open on Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit

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The Athena Cinema will present "A Christmas Story" on Dec. 22