The village of Champlain will be the first stop on a free family movie tour across the region sponsored by Dunkin Donuts.
Local franchisee owner Ray Aley said the tour will start at St. Mary’s Academy Thursday, Aug. 25, with a showing of the animated film “Rango.” The tour itself — which will benefit various nonprofit organizations — has been in the works for nearly six months, said Aley.
“We first started talking about it in February,” said Aley. “It’s been a big undertaking getting things together — picking the movies, getting the screen, choosing the right venues and aligning ourselves with good nonprofits.”
Though admission to the movie tour will be free, it will generate revenue through concessions sales, said Aley. That will help organizations like St. Mary’s Academy, which has been facing financial challenges in the past year, and will also generate awareness for the school, said Aley.
“St. Mary’s needs students and this is a way to get families to come out and take a look at our school and see it’s a fun place,” he said.
The tour will continue on to Skyway Plaza in the city of Plattsburgh Friday, Aug. 26, with another showing of “Rango,” which is Rated PG. The tour will next stop at the Dunkin Donuts and A & W Root Beer location at State Route 9 in the town of Plattsburgh Saturday, Aug. 27, where it will show the also PG-rated film “Soul Surfer. The tour will wrap up at Holy Family School in the town of Malone Sunday, Aug. 28, where it will show “Rio,” which is Rated G.
Face painting, a bounce house, games and photos will be provided courtesy of Dunkin Donuts at each location prior to the movie showings, which start at dusk. Showings at St. Mary’s Academy and Holy Family School will be outdoors, with those attending encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating. Both showings in Plattsburgh will be in a drive-in movie format.
“Which is something the North Country hasn’t had in a long time,” Aley said of a drive-in movie theater.
The showing at St. Mary’s Academy will be paired with an open house for the school earlier that evening from 5 to 7 p.m. and pizza sales by Papa John’s, which will benefit St. Mary’s. The showing at Holy Family School will include a barbecue hosted by the school beginning at 3 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, Aley said showings at each location will be rescheduled for exactly one week later.