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Webster Theater to celebrate five years

Special movie, free popcorn to mark the anniversary

— Daily Freeman-Journal file photo It was just a few days before the official grand reopening in 2014 that the HERO board previewed the newly-refurbished Webster Theater marquee. The event culminated the RVTV event on Second Street. The theater will celebrate five years in business next week with a special movie showing of “The Goonies.”

The Webster Theater is marking a special milestone this weekend. It’s been five years since the grand reopening of the old movie house.

It took months of organizing, fund raising, renovating and updating before the silver screen at the Webster Theater flickered back to life in September 2014.

The official lighting of the art deco-style marquee took place at the conclusion of the RVTV celebration Sept. 9, 2014. Hundreds gathered in the street to watch the Webster light up for the first time in several years.

A Gala Opening was held Sept. 19 that year to thank donors. Visitors were driven by limousine to the front of the theater. Once they walked the red carpet, attendees were treated to champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a first look at the renovated building.

The theater opened to the public the next night, Sept. 20.

The Webster will mark that anniversary this Saturday, Sept. 21 with some special events. The doors will open at 6:30 that night and The movie, “The Goonies, will be shown. The first 60 people through the door will receive a free popcorn bucket. There will be prizes given away and cake will be served following the movie.

“The Goonies” will be shown throughout next week and free popcorn will be served at each showing, according to organizers.

Jeff Pingel, a member of the HERO Board and one of the visionaries who saw potential in restoring the old building, said he’s pleased with the last five years.

“Things are going great. Attendance has maintained the same levels for the five years,” Pingel said.“The support from the community is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing everyone Saturday night.”

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