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Stephen King Movie Marathon Fundraiser for the Skowhegan Drive-In

Posted February 19, 2015

8/1/2014 Stephen King Movie Marathon Fundraiser for the Skowhegan Drive-In

Usually the Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause Truck is out raising money for charities, schools, and people in need, but this event was a little different; it was for a beloved local business that was struggling and needed help from the community.

The Skowhegan Drive-In was celebrating its 60th year in business, but the retro drive-in theatre was succumbing to the threats of the modern digital age. Major motion picture studios are phasing out 35mm film reels, which the Skowhegan Drive-In uses for all of its showings, in favor of digital movies. Without an expensive upgrade to digital projection, which would be extraordinarily difficult for a small independent exhibitor, the 60th anniversary could be its last.

When Alicia Barnes, from the Red Barn Restaurant and the Red Barn Cares Foundation, heard of the drive-in’s plight, she was determined to help. She set up a two-night Stephen King Movie Marathon at the drive-in. Alicia was able to secure 35mm archival copies of some of Stephen Kings greatest movies including “The Shining,” “Christine,” “Creepshow,” and “Pet Sematary.” She was also granted permission to show the movies from Sony, Paramount and Warner Bros., as well as getting the blessing of Stephen King himself.

A call for help was also sent out to other local business in the area and many (including the Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause Truck, Al’s Pizza, Capppza’s Pizza, and Coca Cola) banded together to help the struggling icon. Together, we were able to raise extra funds by giving out pizza, soda and ice cream with all donations going to the drive-in.

By an overwhelming show of support from the community and local business, we were able to raise over $11,000 for the Skowhegan Drive-In. This was a huge step towards the drive-in’s goal and should help this beloved Skowhegan icon stay running for many years to come!