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Manchester theater saved by community


MANCHESTER (KWWL) -- In tough economic times, we've heard stories of businesses unable to make ends meet. One industry hit hard by the economy, movie theaters. In an era of instant access and pocket pinching times many theaters are closing. But when hard times his the only movie theater in Manchester a group of theater buffs got together to save it.

The projector inside Castle Theaters keeps busy for hours each day this machine reels through one of the latest movies in theaters across the country.

"I think there's a good community spirit in Manchester and Delaware County and the surrounding area. So I think people are looking for something that they can really support," Allen Remling, president of Friends of Castle Theater said.

A year ago the theater announced it would have to close. That's when Remling and a group of others started a non profit Friends of Castle Theater. With more than $25,000 in donations and the help of a lot of volunteers, Manchester now has a theater

"It's just community. People come here, enjoy it, see a movie, have a good time," Remling said.

And believe it or not each week they feature a new movie; usually something popular nationwide.

"Blindside is out all time number one and number four. Alvin and Chipmunks was a hit," Remling said.

This month they're showing Date Night, Iron Man 2, Letters to Juliet, and Shrek. But get this, they only hired one person here.

"We have one part time employee the rest are all volunteers that are doing everything and the hours that people are putting in is unbelievable," Remling said.

He's talking about hours that will help keep the projector running movies for years to come.

"When we turned on the lights of that marquee outside, I like to say that we turned on the lights of main street," Remling said.

Castle Theaters will be showing movies all summer, every night at 7 PM. In fact, Friday night they'll show Robin Hood for the first time.

Remling says they also use the theater for community fundraiser's. They hope to raise enough money to update equipment and purchase a digital projector.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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