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Event brings movie night to Beacon
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 28, 2013, 11:23

For Easter weekend, volunteers with the Downtown Partnership have created an event that will give people a chance to have dinner and a movie in downtown Hopewell. 

Evan Kaufman, director of the Downtown Partnership, gave the reins to the volunteers for the first-ever “Dinner and a Movie” event. He said the promotions committee, comprised of downtown business owners and residents in the city, came up with the idea. 

“They thought there was a need for more family-friendly activities and they wanted to center it around the downtown,” Kaufman said. 

For the event on Saturday, residents can purchase a movie ticket and take that ticket to participating downtown restaurants and get 15 percent off the price of their meal. Lisa’s Cafe, Carter’s Courthouse Cafe and Hopewell Quick Lunch, the participating restaurants, are also offering dinner specials for moviegoers from 5 to 7:30 p.m. the night of the movie. 

Kaufman said it also worked well to have the event the night before Easter Sunday. He said though some families go out of town, some choose to stay close to home and celebrate. 

“They can go out to dinner, get a nice, enjoyable meal in downtown and go to the Beacon and see a good movie, all for very cheap,” Kaufman said. “And not have to drive very far to go home and then have a nice Easter Sunday the next day.” 

The movie for the night is “The Great Outdoors,” a comedy starring John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. The comedy is about a man’s desire to have a quiet vacation in the woods, which is quickly changed when his in-laws join him. Tickets for the event are $3 for adults and free for children under the age of 11. 

Kaufman said the dinner and movie night fit into the downtown plan, the plan to revitalize and bring back the downtown. 

“And that’s about promoting and holding different events for the community to take part in the downtown area and help reposition the downtown as a center for social gatherings and entertainment,” Kaufman said. “And so this event falls in line with that part of the plan in order to attract people to downtown again and let them start taking ownership of their downtown and allow it to become a resource for the community, which lately has been under-utilized.” 

With just days to go until the movie night, Kaufman said he has been getting positive feedback from the community. He said a good amount of people have called him and have bought tickets online in advance of the event. 

Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 804-446-4847, online at or they can be purchased at the door the night of the movie. 

Kaufman said before the movie, which starts at 7:30 p.m., there will be a brief update for moviegoers on the renovations to the Beacon Theatre, which are slated to be completed later this year. He said the movie night gives new life to the Beacon by using it for entertainment purposes. 

“It will give people a chance to see the inside of the ballrooms, which have been completed,” Kaufman said. “The auditorium is still being worked on ... and we we might have some pictures and stuff.” 

Though Kaufman just facilitated the event and helped as needed, it is apparent he is looking forward to spending the night in downtown. 

“I think it’s great because I love watching movies, especially classic comedies,” Kaufman said. “I love being around people that I know who are neighbors and friends and I love eating at local places and to do it all inexpensively is a fantastic idea.” 

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