This is part of a weekly series that highlights a grant provided by the Foundation.
Last summer I watched The Godfather at the State Theatre.
Though I had the seen the film, probably a dozen times previously, I had never had the opportunity to see it on the big screen.
Barry and Karen Drake also saw The Godfather at the State Theatre – about 17 years before I was born.
Since its opening, on Oct. 15, 1938, the State Theatre has been a staple of State College.
That’s why when the Drakes and other CCCF donors heard the theater needed help, they were happy to oblige.
A few weeks ago, projectionists began to notice that, after about five years and more than 5,000 hours of use, the theater’s projector was starting to show its age. They knew they wouldn’t be able to go on much longer without a new projector.
Money from the Centre County Community Foundation’s discretionary granting stream, as well as from three donor-advised Centre County Community Foundation Funds – the Barry and Karen Drake Fund, the Richard and Sally Kalin Fund and the XYZ Fund — have contributed $12,500 to the cause, with the State Theatre raising $2,500 as matching funds.
These donors appreciate the contributions that the State Theatre makes to our community. They believe that the State Theatre is a State College icon, and they want to ensure that it continues to be around for future generations to enjoy.
Karen beamed as she talked about how her husband remembers just what she was wearing and where they sat in the theater almost 40 years ago.
I don’t remember what my friend was wearing or exactly where I sat when I watched The Godfather, and that was just a year ago. But I have been to the State Theatre many times, and I’ve always enjoyed it. The films are one of my favorite aspects of what the theater offers. For just a few dollars people have the opportunity to see a film hasn’t been on the big screen in decades, or an independent film that isn’t available at the multiplexes. It’s a great feature that not all communities are lucky enough to have.
The devotion of the Centre County Community Foundation and its donors to the State Theatre will ensure that current Centre County residents and visitors can enjoy both classic and new films, and that future generations will be able to enjoy new films (and the new films of today, when they’re classics).