“Beat The Heat” Movie Series Returns To Athena Cinema

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Going to the movie theater for a cool respite from a hot summer day is a great way to entertain the whole family.

With that mind, the Athena Cinema started their "Beat the Heat $2 Days" summer movie series last year as a way to offer low cost entertainment to area kids and their families, as well as raise money for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Athens County. The theater is bringing back the series for a second year.

This year the Athena has partnered with GKIDS, a distributor and longtime producer of the New York International Children’s Film Festival. The films are highly acclaimed and bridge the worlds of world and art house film and family entertainment.

"We loved doing a summer kids series but we wanted to find a way to align the series with our mission. This year we have expanded the series to six Saturdays and we have gone in a new direction with the programming," said Alexandra Kamody, operations director of the Athena Cinema. "We wanted to bring movies that kids couldn’t catch on TV and might not get a chance to see otherwise. The Athens International Film Festival has been working with GKIDS for years and seeing the success of the kid’s animations at the fest was inspiring."

The Athena Cinema will be showing afternoon screenings of children’s animations from around the world every Saturday at 3 p.m. All films are dubbed in English. 

The first event on June 28 is a screening of Nocturna. Other titles included are Mia and the Migoo on July 5, The Secret of Kells on July 12, Tales of the Night on July 19, Ernest and Celestine on July 26 and Eleanor’s Secret on Aug. 2.

The screenings are one-time only events and there will be a limited number of tickets available. Free popcorn will be provided courtesy of Shagbark Seed and Mill and the Athena Cinema.

There will also be raffles and giveaways from the Athens County Public Libraries, the College Bookstore, Village Bakery, Donkey Coffee, Rocky Boots and many other businesses.

To benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the price of admission to these screenings will be a suggested minimum donation of $2 per ticket. Kids on Campus groups will have the opportunity to screen the movies as part of their weekly summer activities.

Tickets will be available one week before each scheduled screening during regular Athena lobby hours. Summer hours are Mon-4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and  2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information, please visit The series receives support Ohio University, Athens County Children’s Services, Athens County Public Libraries, Kids on Campus, the Child Advocacy Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Rocky Boots and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.