On Friday, July 20, a sick and unstable individual stained the experience and joy of one of this country’s favorite pastimes: going to the movies. In this isolated incident, people out for an evening of pleasure were thrust in harm’s way, with tragic consequences.
The Callicoon Theater, like many movie theaters and individuals in and outside of the movie business, responded to the tragedy in Aurora by making a contribution to Community First Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity with a history of effectively and efficiently targeting resources in Colorado to help people in need during times of crisis, in this case by assisting the victims of the Aurora shootings.
We know that our thousands of Callicoon Theater patrons reach out in sympathy to the loved ones affected by this tragic act. We want to assure you that “the safety of moviegoers has always been and will continue to be a priority for theater owners,” as David Passman, chairman of the National Association of Theatre Owners, wrote.
Moviegoers “simply will not stay away from one of our country’s favorite pastimes because of the violent random act of one man,” Passman added. “The show will go on.”
Persons wishing to contribute may do so through the Community First Foundation (Aurora Victim Relief Fund), 6870 W. 52nd Ave., Ste. 103, Arvada, CO 80002, or online at www.GivingFirst.org .
Jim and Barbara Kayton
Owners and operators, Callicoon Theater