It’s been a long time since many of us have enjoyed the smell of hot buttered popcorn as we entered a movie theatre on a hot summer evening. For some, the salt and crunch of a bag of popcorn is arguably just as significant to a movie goer as the films themselves. While the pandemic has many of us accustomed to staying home and safely enjoying streaming entertainment, the popcorn we make at home is often lacking that “je ne sais quoi” that seems to be unique to that served in movie theatres.
As restrictions cautiously lift, the Kamsack Playhouse Theatre, located at 566 1st Street, is offering a way to reconnect residents with that treasured popcorn-infused movie experience. In order to raise some funds following a devastating financial blow from more than a year of forced closures, the local theatre will be selling that signature popcorn from their concession each Friday night, beginning July 9, at 6:30 p.m.
Money raised from popcorn sales will be put towards catching up on debt caused by the long closure, re-stocking theatre and concession supplies, and renting new films once regulations are lifted enough to safely host an audience.
The board is currently appealing to local businesses and individuals who have the means to support the long-standing theatre through donations. The Kamsack Theatre, which has been in operation since 1948, is a rare feature – not many exist in small towns across Canada. The theatre has offered area residents a taste of the real movie experience without having to travel to a larger city for a night out. In the 1980s, the theatre became a thriving arts hub, incorporating live theatre and concert presentations. Now, as the theatre struggles to bounce back from its most devastating setback in its 73 year history, the onus will be on area residents to show support through attendance and donations in order to breathe new life into an old local treasure.