Second fundraiser showing tonight at Colusa Theatre
An estimated 700 people showed up at the doors; half had to be turned away.
To say the Colusa Theatre's fundraiser on Sunday was successful fails to do the turnout justice, promoters said. In fact, the showing was so successful that Mike Wilkinson, owner, said there would be an encore showing today at 5:30 p.m.
"Wow... wow." That's all Rusty Chambers, who organized the event, could manage.
Wilkinson said that there was a line three-quarters-of-a-block long when they opened the doors for the Sunday showing. By 5:45 p.m., Wilkinson had to turn away more than 300 people because the theater had reached its seating capacity.
The crowds were showing up for a showing of the movie, "...tick...tick...tick...," which was filmed in the Colusa and Marysville areas. Released in 1970, it stars Jim Brown and George Kennedy.
Wilkinson said that the show generated $5,600 through a raffle, an auction, and outright donations. The oldtime movie theater in Colusa is on the verge of shutting down as the movie industry is switching to digital formats — an update that would cost more than the theater owner could afford.
"What a great turnout for what was kind of an impromptu fundraiser," Wilkinson said. "The line was down to 6th Street and Market Street when we got here. Hopefully, we get some people back (tonight)."
Wilkinson said that there are still some items that will be auctioned, and that Tacos El Amigo would once again be catering the event with beer, wine and nachos.
"We have a few cool items that will be auctioned off again tonight. We might raffle off a couple old movie posters. We're putting it together as we speak," Wilkinson said.