Free movies bring holiday cheer to Lima


Kids, families enjoy ‘Rudolph,’ ‘Frosty’

By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com



An estimated 120 people turned out Saturday to see two holiday-themed free movies at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.

An estimated 120 people turned out Saturday to see two holiday-themed free movies at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.


LIMA — The Veterans Memorial Civic Center’s giant movie screen was put to good use Saturday for the showing of a couple of holiday classics, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman.”

Terra Bryant, of Ada, brought her daughter and a couple of cousins to see the movies.

“It’s wonderful, something good for the community and good for the kids and family time,” Bryant said.

The holiday double feature was all part of the Groupie Movie Series.

“The thought behind the Groupie Movie Series is just to give people the chance to see classic and cult classic films spanning a variety of genres on a 60-foot big screen,” said Josh Luke, director of development for the Civic Center Foundation.

The screening of Rudolph and Frosty was the Civic Center’s gift back to the community.

“Typically, we only charge $5 a ticket to see these movies, but with an event like the holiday double feature, it’s a free community event where we’re doing free cookies, hot chocolate and coffee while supplies last. It doesn’t cost the watch the movies,” Luke said. “So more than anything, it’s giving people a great opportunity to come out to have some fun with an affordable event and to be able to showcase the Civic Center’s Crouse Performance Hall, everything that we can do here, and then, of course, just to show that hey, there’s a lot going on downtown right here in Lima.”

Many of us remember these classic movies from our childhood, and seeing them on the big screen was pretty amazing.

“These are the original Rudolph and Frosty movies from the ‘60s,” Luke said, “So yeah, these are the originals that we all grew up with.”

This is the second year for the Groupie Movie Series.

In the fall, the Civic Center hosted the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Nightmare Before Christmas and The Evil Dead. More $5 movies are coming up in 2020.

“We have in January on the 17th, we’re showing Footloose. We have Casablanca on Valentine’s Day. We have Leprechaun in March, and then we’ll be showing A Walk With Grace in April on Good Friday,” Luke said.

An estimated 120 people turned out Saturday to see two holiday-themed free movies at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/12/web1_HOLIDAY-MOVIES.jpgAn estimated 120 people turned out Saturday to see two holiday-themed free movies at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
Kids, families enjoy ‘Rudolph,’ ‘Frosty’

By Sam Shriver

sshriver@limanews.com

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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