Iconic theater bridges gap between neighborhoods one movie at a time

Published: Jul. 25, 2017 at 7:47 PM EDT
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One iconic movie theater is helping bridge the gap between two local neighborhoods. All it takes is two miles and one movie.

Tuesday, about 90 local kids and several volunteers participated in one of the summer’s West End Walks.

The kids walked a mile each way from the West End Center to the Grandin Theatre to be treated to a free movie!

The partnership between the center, the theater and the sponsors is meant to inspire healthy behaviors and to let the kids know the theater is accessible to everyone.

"… They can come here as citizens of our community and walk into that big room and see their eyes light up for the first time when they go into the main theater at the Grandin,” said Grandin Theatre Executive Director Ian Fortier. “It's pretty important."

Roanoke Police officers also mingled with the kids and secured the route. After two years of the partnership, West End Walk leaders say it's a win-win event for everyone.