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Free movies draw shoppers downtown

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 2:57 p.m. CDT

SYCAMORE — According to Daryl Hopper, Sycamore has a lot in common with one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time.

“Sycamore is just a wonderful life,” the owner of the Sycamore Theater said. “Sycamore reminds me of Bedford Falls in 2012. That’s why I picked it.”

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” the Frank Capra classic starring Jimmy Stewart, kicked off the movie theater’s Free Christmas Movie series on Nov. 17. Every weekend through Dec. 23, the downtown theater will show a favorite holiday classic for free. The movies will be shown at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and a different film will be featured each weekend.

“We have new digital projectors and we want people to see them,” Hopper said. “And we want to give back to the community.”

Hopper is hoping to draw people downtown through the theater, which she calls “the anchor of the downtown.”

““I thought if I brought in 100 people, they could see how cute it is,” she said.” We want people to come and remember us. I want them to remember that mom and pop stores are for them, too.”

Unlike the other stores, Hopper said the movie theater can offer something to the public for free. Those who bring a toy for Toys for Tots will be given a free drink. She said she would like the free movies to become an annual event.

Hopper has another reason for her generosity. She said times are tough and not everyone can afford to go to the movies.

“I used to be a mom, and now I’m a grandmother,” she said. “I chose the classics because they’re fun.”

Free Holiday Movies

Sycamore Theater 420 W. State St., Sycamore

Movies begin at 11 a.m. each day.

• Dec. 1-2: “A Christmas Story” • Dec. 8-9: “Prancer” • Dec. 15-16: “Miracle on 34th Street” • Dec. 22-23: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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