Weekend sale to raise funds for new film theater


By Sarah Meedel

Got a little extra cash just begging to be spent? Why not use it for a good cause and get something back in return?

This weekend, University of Nebraska-Lincoln students are going to be holding a garage sale of epic proportions. Students in the Hixton-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts are holding the sale in hopes of using the profits to benefit the construction of a new film theater.

The group previously used UNL’s Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery but due to the gallery’s renovations, the group does not have a place to show movies. Mary Riepma Ross donated a generous amount of money to assist the students in achieving their goal of erecting a new movie house. In return, the new theater will be named after her.

The new building will feature a variety of films not typically seen at the average theater. Danny L. Ladley, an affiliate with the new theater says the theater “will be similar to Omaha’s Dundee Theater.”

The group plans to show independent films, first-run foreign films, and older classic films.

In order for the new cinema theater to be constructed, sufficient funds must be raised. The movie house is being built on donations alone.

To help raise funds for their cause, the students are having a sale with donated items. Items on sale include movie posters, framed art, linens, furniture, enamelware, rare books and even stamp collections. Ladley suggests coming early for a better selection.

The event will be held Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Church in Lincoln, 6300 A St. Admission into the sale is free. Cash, check, Visa and Mastercard will be accepted. Refreshments will be available for guests.


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