Last night we hosted a great event for the Anti-Defamation League at the theatre. They screened a documentary called When We Stop Counting, which focuses on immigration and the school system in Crete, Nebraska. They did this to a sold out crowd. They had a very engaging panel to answer questions following the film including the Co-Director, the Crete Superintendent, a Crete Bilingual Guidance Counselor, and a student featured in the film. They also had someone here ready to help people register to vote, if they haven't done so already.
One of the pictures I posted from the event sparked a few comments about how we do things at Aksarben Cinema, and I kind of took it to heart. Someone mentioned we are getting too political with our events. Sure we may swing one way more than the other in that sense, but I don’t feel like we do anything but serve a true, genuine, good purpose. My family, our staff, and I take a lot of pride in the community outreach we have done in the short time we have been open.
We don’t discriminate against anyone who comes to us with an idea for an event, and we do the best we can to help them make their event a success. We have done some great fundraising events for local churches and schools raising money for new computers, food groups raising money to help local farmers, biking groups raising awareness about biking in our community, and the list goes on. We absolutely love doing events like these because they are fun, always create an exciting atmosphere, and those attending always have a great time.
We have received so many appreciative comments from our customers about everything we have started doing in the theatre, which we invite them to participate in. One customer this weekend told me they like how easy we make it for them to donate or contribute, and that was our ultimate goal.
If you would like to learn more about the ADL check out their new Facebook page: ADL -Anti-Defamation League (Plains States) and their website: http://regions.adl.org/plains-states/