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Stigler's movie theater saved by generous community's support

The town of 2,700 residents surpassed its goal of raising $100,000 to convert the Time Theater to digital. The theater is expected to reopen June 15.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: April 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm •  Published: April 10, 2013
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FILE PHOTO: The community of Stigler has raised more than $100,000 to convert the Time Theater to digital. NATE BILLINGS - NATE BILLINGS

The most successful part of the fundraising campaign was a massive outreach to Stigler High School alumni. The group contacted students from as far back as 1942, and donations were received from nearly all 50 states and even Afghanistan, where a Stigler resident is serving in the military, Woodson said.

Other fundraising efforts included a 5k run, a golf tournament and a pancake breakfast.

With the money raised, the city of Stigler is purchasing the equipment, which it will lease to the theater's management. The managers have set a date of June 15 to reopen the theater.

Woodson said admission will still be $6 a person, and popcorn will still cost a dollar.

“We are really excited about seeing this dream come true,” she said. “We knew Stigler could do it.”

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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