‘Hobbit’ premiere will benefit Ephrata Library

By on December 10, 2014

Misty mountaintops, exaggerated features of a hobbit, untold danger lurking beyond the next bend — these brilliant images from the pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels come alive on the big screen. It seems a fitting parallel that the Ephrata Main Theatre partner with the Ephrata Public Library for a fun and exciting event to benefit the library.

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” previews at the Ephrata Main Theatre. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Ephrata Public Library.

“The businesses and individuals of this community band together to help those in need,” says Steve Brown, owner of the Ephrata Main Theatre and Lily’s on Main. “That’s just how it’s always been and it stands as a testament to this community. That was the intent of the original owners of this place — to be a resource and a help to the community.”

Steve Brown, owner of Ephrata Main Theatre and Lily’s on Main, and Penny Talbert, executive director of the Ephrata Public Library, are gearing up for a premiere of “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” on Dec. 16.

Steve Brown, owner of Ephrata Main Theatre and Lily’s on Main, and Penny Talbert, executive director of the Ephrata Public Library, are gearing up for a premiere of “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” on Dec. 16.

Tickets are selling for $30 each and include movie admission, one free drink, free popcorn and an Ephrata Public Library “swag bag.” This bag includes coupons from area restaurants, salons and more, totaling savings of over $100.

“When the library announced cuts associated with a budget shortfall,” says library Executive Director Penny Talbert, “Steve wanted to know immediately how they could help. We’re overwhelmed by the response from the public. Businesses and individuals are calling daily asking what they can do.”

In addition to the ticket sale proceeds, Lily’s on Main will contribute 10 percent of patrons’ bills to the library that evening.

“Guests just need to mention that they will be attending the “Hobbit” Benefit Preview when they order,” Brown says.

The “Hobbit” series has brought in a large group of viewers to the theatre. “We are glad to be able to partner with the library in their time of need using this successful film franchise,” says Terry Kreider, Ephrata Main Theatre’s manager.

To order tickets for this special event now through Dec. 15, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/985978 or call the Ephrata Main Theatre at 733-9098. Tickets will be available at the door on Dec. 16. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will begin promptly at 7.

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