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Marion Theatre to hold movie screenings with Duke Energy

Duke Energy and the Reilly Arts Center have been longtime partners in their shared commitment to support the arts and education. Now, with characteristic enthusiasm and gusto, they’ve announced the Powerful Communities sponsorship with the Marion Theatre, which the arts center operates.

The six-month initiative launches this month. Each month, the Reilly-managed Marion Theatre will hold a movie screening featuring a literary-based film, and each screening will feature a nonprofit organization for which guests are invited to bring in-kind donations, such as books, notebooks, cash or gift cards.

Patrons will be supporting the chosen charity of the month while also having the opportunity to enjoy free popcorn, convivial company and a good movie for just $5 per ticket.

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Pedestrians make their way by the Marion Theatre Monday afternoon, August 24, 2020.

The initiative provides support for the historic Marion Theatre as well as the Marion County Literacy Council and the Friends of the Ocala Public Library.

”Duke Energy has been such a supportive friend to us and to the arts in Ocala,” said Pamela Calero Wardell, executive director of the Reilly Arts Center. “Literacy is one of their main initiatives, so this tied right in with their commitment to give back and encourage reading.