Holiday Film Series To Benefit Area Food Pantries

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

For the second year, the Athena Cinema will present holiday film favorites while assisting other area families who may be struggling this season.

Starting Nov. 30 and running through Dec. 21, Ohio University, through its Athena Cinema of the College of Fine Arts, is partnering with Athens food pantries to reduce food insecurity for families in our community.

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. 30 is a screening of Home Alone.

Other titles will include Elf on Dec. 7, Rise of the Guardians on Dec. 14 and The Polar Express on Dec. 21. The screenings are one-time only events and there will be a limited number of tickets available.

"Movies are a great way to bring families together during the holiday season," said Donna Goss, Ohio University’s 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 to these screenings 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. At the time of the donation, ticket redemption will be given.

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