Saving the silver screen

Jackson Center — A movie theater is often the center of a small town community, and many of those theaters are struggling to keep up with an ever-growing digital world.

The Elder Theatre in downtown Jackson Center is no different.

Becky Miller, who owns the theater with her husband, Rodney, said there was a great response from Jackson Center and surrounding communities throughout the past year to upgrade their theater to a digital platform.

“We did as much as we could as quickly as we could,” Miller said, noting the many fundraisers the theater hosted. “So, the generosity of this community as well as outlining communities is definitely what kept us able to stay in business.”

Through Kick Starter, a fundraising website, the theater was able to raise $25,000 in proceeds for their renovations.

While many of the donors gave anonymously through fundraisers at the theater, many were identified due to their large donations.

“They’re transplants from another community — they’ve not even been in Jackson Center that many years,” Miller said.

For the full story, see the Friday, Feb. 14 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.