The Odeon Theater has recently acquired a new digital projection system which will enormously expand its entertainment and educational services to the community. Advertising, movie previews and pre-show announcements have been among the services lacking since the non-profit group Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) took over the theater in 1994; its mission has been to maintain movie operation while also broadening the theater’s role as a performing arts center. The new projector fulfills an important part of that mission.
The digital projector idea originated several years ago from Richard Taylor, owner and operator of Blue Mountain Peak Ranch in west Mason county (www.BlueMountainPeakRanch.com) who offered to donate funds to acquire it. When the Odeon fund-raising campaign began early this year, two local organizations, the Mason Community Foundation and the Friends of the Library, joined in to offer challenge grants to acquire the projector. Through fund-raising efforts, particularly the recent music concert series, the Odeon raised the matching funds and purchased the projector.
The Mason Community Foundation, begun in 2007, is funded through its local Community Thrift Store at 330 Ft. McKavitt, northwest of the square on Hwy. 87, and has made grants available to worthy local causes. The Friends Of The Library is a local organization which has supported the library and other local projects over the years including the Old Yeller sculpture by artist Garland Weeks. The OPA is grateful to these local organizations and urges everyone to support them.
The OPA is planning an annual documentary film festival at the Odeon beginning this year on October 24th, made possible by the new projector. Most film festival documentaries are shown in DVD format which this projector will accommodate in very high quality. Other opportunities for the new projector include special video presentations, old TV and movie serials or any other DVD-formatted media. The Odeon will also provide pre-show public service announcements.
The Odeon Preservation Association is a (501)-c-(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. To make donations and for more information, please go to www.TheOdeonTheater.com.
To learn more about advertising at the Odeon, please call Carol Conlee at 325-347-6480.
And don’t forget the Will Taylor with Strings Attached “Beatles” concert this Saturday, 7:00 p.m. at the Odeon. Reservations can be made at 325-347-6781 or you can buy your tickets at the door. The regularly-scheduled weekly movie will be shown as a matinee this Saturday at 2:00 p.m.; normal Saturday showtimes at 7:00 p.m. will resume next week.