Elkin Theater offers free movie with open house

By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN – Following two fresh renovation projects, the Elkin Theater will celebrate the improvements by hosting an open house for the public with a free movie and complimentary drink and popcorn Thursday night.

“We just had the marquee repainted, new neon lights installed and hung a new stage curtain so we want to invite the public to hear about these accomplishments before relaxing with a classic movie,” said Bob Seymour, president of the Elkin Theater board of directors.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the festivities will begin followed by a showing of 1937’s “The Awful Truth” starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. The comedy revolves around a married couple’s suspicions of one another’s infidelities and their attempts to sabotage each other’s lives through the divorce process.

“We picked this movie since it came out the same year the Elkin opened. It was a huge hit then and even earned the director the Academy Award. It was also nominated for Best Picture, among other nominations,” Seymour said.

The Elkin’s new stage curtain and track were funded by a grant from the South Monroe County Community Fund. Originally thought to be a replacement for the original curtain, workers discovered an older wooden track they speculated held up the original. The painting project was also a needed improvement as the last time the marquee was painted was eight years ago.

“We’re also going to give away pieces of curtain we replaced for anyone who wants a snippet of the Elkin’s history,” Seymour said.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.