Eastwood Theater celebrates grand openingWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
The Eastwood Theater had its grand opening Nov. 7.
The grand opening will transition the theater to daily film showings. During an invite-only event, the theater was unveiled and its renovations were showcased, including new carpeting, chairs and paint.
Josh Harnegie, the theater’s outreach coordinator and one of the people behind the opening, said the theater provides a safe option of entertainment for the surrounding communities.
“A lot of people, in my research, don’t really cross the bridge to go to Franklin Park,” he said. “It’s not that far away but it might as well be on the other side of the world.”
Able to seat 342, Harnegie hopes to sponsor additional events at the venue, such as political debates or renting to local charter schools without access to an auditorium. The theater is currently shared with Cornerstone Church.
“This is going to run as an event center as well,” Harnegie said.
A post on the theater’s Facebook page on Sept. 18 announced the theater would be screening movies again after years of shuffling between different owners and churches over the years.
Since then, the movie has been screening films on the weekends, including “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Maleficent” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” All showings cost $5.
Harnegie said he’s been thrilled by the excitement.
“I didn’t really understand the rich history of East Toledo until I started looking into the project,” he said.
The theater is located at 817 East Broadway. For more information, call (419) 720-5199 or visit eastwoodtheater.com.