November 7, 1996 in Features

Catch A Film While Filling Food Banks

By The Spokesman-Review

If you have trouble blending your desire to support charity with your need to see movies, Act III Theatres offers a convenient solution.

It’s called the Cans Film Festival.

For the 16th year, Act III is teaming with the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Food Banks to offer area movie fans a special deal: the chance to attend a movie for the price of a cheap dinner.

For tonight only, just bring three or more “non-perishable food items” to any of Act III’s movie houses and you’ll be granted free admission - plus a free child-size popcorn.

Spokane theaters involved in the festival are the Newport Highway, North Division, Lyons Avenue, East Sprague and Lincoln Heights cinemas. Coeur d’Alene theaters are the Showboat and Coeur d’Alene cinemas.

Chuck Caraway, Act III’s regional manager, says studio restrictions may preclude some “starred attractions” from being included in the drive. “But,” he says, “we hope to be able to offer all the movies again this year.”

If you participate, here are two suggestions:

One, lines can be long, so show up early.

Two, don’t scrimp on your donation: three cans of Campbell’s soup, much-needed items, still give you a sizeable break on regular movie admission.

Last year’s promotion raised in excess of 7 tons of food for the Spokane Food Bank alone.

“This food goes out to our emergency agencies, and last year we saw an 11 percent increase in need,” says Anne Price, spokeswoman for the Spokane Food Bank. “So we need to find that much more food this year.”

, DataTimes

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