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UPDATE: Elkins Man Hopes to Revive Philippi Grand Theater

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Last week we told you about an effort to reopen an old movie theater in Philippi.

And so far, Russ Stover's efforts are paying off.

He's already received more donations on his website, and people have also offered hundreds of dollars in donations over the phone.

Stover said he appreciates the generosity he's seen so far, and will be glad to work with those who may not want to donate online.

"I'm taking pledges over the phone. A lot of people are wary of doing things over the Internet, and I understand that completely, so they can just give me a call," Stover said.

Stover said there's about 80 days left on his online campaign. For more information, call 304-621-0313 or click here.

Original Story

The Philippi Grand Theater was a destination for many in the 1930s who wanted to catch a movie. It has since closed and is now empty, but one Elkins man is looking to reopen and put it back in business.

"A movie theater is one of those places where so many people around here have met their husband or wife here. And have such good memories of this place, and it would be great to be able to bring that back, not just for those folks, but for young people to make their own memories here," explained Russ Stover, from Elkins.

Stover discovered the Philippi Grand Theater when he was attending Alderson Broaddus College. He said he loves movies, and has big ideas for the theater.

"I want to revive the theater as a revival theater that shows old movies, foreign films, and documentaries. An independent theater that isn't dependent on the big studios coming out of Hollywood," said Stover.

Another one of Stover's ideas is a kids' day, where he would play old cartoons and have a cereal bar.

But none of these things can happen without some funding.

"I need about $25,000 up front to get any kind of funding from financial institutions. I have about 17% of my heart left after two heart attacks. It's a little difficult trying to get any kind of job to where I could pay for that stuff," Stover said.

Anyone can help Stover out, with the website he set up through fundanything.com. And for a donation, you'll get to enjoy the theater.

"Each person who donates gets a movie ticket, or two movie tickets, or four movie tickets, depending on how much they donate. The top one is $225, that includes full admission for a year, free popcorn and free soda," Stover explained.

Stover also said that his popcorn and drink prices will be reasonable.

You can help Stover out by visiting this website.

If you would like more information you can contact Stover at russ.stover@gmail.com.

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