OTF receives donation for the Strand Theater

Item photo by Shea Singley 
OTF Manager Deena Kershner receives a donation from Ryan Carpenter, Boat-N-RV Superstore General Sales Manager, and Brenda Keefer, Director of Human Resources, in front of the Strand Theater.
Item photo by Shea Singley OTF Manager Deena Kershner receives a donation from Ryan Carpenter, Boat-N-RV Superstore General Sales Manager, and Brenda Keefer, Director of Human Resources, in front of the Strand Theater.

Boat-N-RV Superstore, Tilden Twp., donated proceeds from its Memorial Day car show to the Our Town Foundation for the Strand Theater on S. 4th street.

“It’s a big part of the community,” said Deena Kershner, OTF Manager, of one of the oldest buildings in the town.

Built in 1799 and converted to a theater in 1920, the Strand was purchased by the foundation to prevent its destruction this past March.

While at a networking event Brenda Keefer, Director of Human Resources with the superstore, was looking for someone to give the proceeds to as this was the first time the store did anything like this.

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Currently, OTF is looking for ways to fundraise for the switch from the projection equipment to digital as the film industry will stop making non-digital film starting September of this year. The switch is a pricey one so the donation is greatly appreciated.

Donations will also be used for safety and electrical upgrades.

“The upgrades will make sure that everyone that attends is safe,” said Kershner.

OTF continues to show movies on weekends and hopes to schedule other entertainment at the Strand to keep the theater as the community hub according to one of their brochures.

The donation from Boat-N-RV Superstore was greatly appreciated and is a nice add to the funds for the new equipment.

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Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at ssingley@berksmontnews.com or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.