YELLOW SPRINGS – The Little Art Theater in Yellow Springs has named Kristina Heaton as its new CEO, with its first community event since the onset of the pandemic at the end of this month.
Moviegoers are invited to gather on the lawn of the John Bryan Center at sunset on July 31 for popcorn and a screening of the movie “Ghostbusters”. The outdoor show is the first since Little Art temporarily closed its doors in the summer of 2020, the longest hiatus in its history.
“It’s a way of saying ‘thank you for your patience’,” Heaton said. “Everyone is really excited.
Heaton, a longtime resident of Beavercreek, took her family films at Little Art for years before becoming a director. She graduated from Wright State University and has a background in local arts education. She also operated a small business that closed due to COVID-19, and said that by coming to Little Art, it was time to “get wet again” in the business world.
“It’s such a popular institution in the city. It’s a lovely theater, ”Heaton said. “I just want to continue with this rich history, continue this tradition of providing world class entertainment in a small town environment.”
Heaton said she was in the process of preparing the theater for the reopening. Staff hope the films will be safely back in theaters by early fall.
“Everything looks fine as far as this is happening,” she said. “Throughout this process [of COVID-19] you never know what to expect from week to week. We want to make sure we do it safely. “
Heaton encouraged moviegoers to bring a blanket or lawn chair on July 31 for a “fun and low-key community event.”
The theater was established in 1929 and screened its first film there in February 1930. In 2009 it became a non-profit organization under the leadership of Jenny Cowperthwaite. Cowperthwaite stepped down in late 2020, according to a statement from theater administrators.
Photo courtesy of the Little Art Theater The Little Art Theater will host a screening of “Ghostbusters” at the end of July and has a full reopening in the fall.
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