Canned Food Drive at the Movies
"It's a Wonderful Life", The 1946 classic made it's way back on the big screen across the Southern Tier tonight. And if you wanted to see it, the price of admission was not money, but food.
For every 4 cans of food, moviegoers were given free entry, plus a free popcorn and a drink.
The Elmira Heights, Watkins Glen, and Palace Theatre in Corning celebrated the holiday season with the special one night screening and can drive. All donations collected on Tuesday night will be sent to each theater's local food pantry, spanning 3 different counties.
Tim Bonomo the owner of the Palace Theatre, and the operator of the Elmira Heights and Watkins Glen Theaters said, "I appreciate the help that we get from the community, we've got folks from Realty USA helping sort the canned goods, of course all of my employees are all volunteering tonight, that's kind of a special thing, so my hat is off to them for that."
Now here is a fun fact about the local tie to "It's a Wonderful Life". The bank examiner in the movie said, "I want to spend Christmas in Elmira with my family."