Move than the Movies: Turning to community for help

More than - the Movies - Margie Young
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When people call the Dietrich Theater office for registrations for classes, information or tickets for events, they so often sign off by saying, “Thank you for all you do for the community. We really appreciate it.” It is always so rewarding to hear those words. As a non-profit movie theater that supports free or low-cost cultural programs, we are so grateful for the support we get from the community.

We have just announced that major donors in our community have come through for us in the last year when we have conducted a silent phase of a Sustainability Campaign. Major corporate and foundation support has been committed by the Sordoni Foundation and the Sordoni Family Foundation, the Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Family Foundation, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation and Procter & Gamble.

Additional corporate support has been received from Cargill, Jacobi Capital Management, M & T Bank and Peoples Security Bank & Trust, as well as individual donors. They all believe the Dietrich Theater needs to be sustainable into the future and we are so thankful for their support. Because of their help, we have raised 83% of our Sustainability Campaign goal of $335,000.

We are now going to the community for help in reaching that goal. We announced our campaign to the wider community on Saturday, Oct. 6, asking for help in raising the other 17% to retire crippling debts that have been incurred due to several calamities.

Why does the Dietrich have crippling debts? First, when the Dietrich expanded in 2009, acquiring and excavating an old gas station site, even though cleared by the DEP, two tanks had to be removed and the soil contamination removed.

Second, the Recession of 2008 hit in the middle of our expansion campaign, making it impossible for us to go to the community for the final phase.

Third, the Flood of 2011 devastated blocks of Tunkhannock, including the Dietrich. Despite help from hundreds of volunteers and businesses, the cost of cleanup and rebuilding was extensive.

The fourth calamity was the Hollywood Calamity of 2017 when Hollywood movies did not bring enough people to movie theaters, a nationwide calamity.

That is why we are asking for help. We hope you will consider making a tax deductible donation to our Sustainability Campaign before the year’s end. For information, call 570-996-1509.

In the meantime, two free events at the Dietrich are just waiting for you to make reseservations to attend them. We are collaborating with WVIA once again on Sunday, Oct. 14 for a Leonard Bernstein Concert at WVIA’s Media Center. Soprano and pianist Bernadette and Gary Boerkel will be joined by clarinetist Richard MacDowell to present an afternoon of music in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. The concert is at 3 p.m. at WVIA in Pittston. Those who wish to go independently are welcome, and those who wish to go by bus from the Dietrich need to reserve your seats for this free show by calling the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

“Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul,” the movie and a chance to meet the filmmaker Huey is another free event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. So many of us are familiar with his book Walden Pond. Now we can learn about Thoreau’s legacy and his impact for today. All are welcome.

The Dietrich Theater is committed to bringing programs like these to our community and beyond. We want to be able to continue to provide opportunities like these far into the future. With your help, we can do it. Thanks for being there for us. We do it all for you.


More than

the Movies

Margie Young

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or by email at

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