Youth in attendance may spur new tradition at WYO Theater

Photo by Gene Sturlin, courtesy of the WYO Theater

The Classic Western Film Series is in full swing at the WYO Theater. Board of Directors Chair Gene Sturlin said he was both surprised and felt blessed to see so many parents attend the debut film, The Apple Dumpling Gang, with their children. 

While appearing on Sheridan Meida’s Public Pulse, Sturlin told listeners that the attendance of families with children at the opening film, has inspired him and WYO Theater Executive Director Erin Butler to consider a new tradition for the annual Classic Western Film Series. 

G. Sturlin

To ensure the safety of audience members, the WYO Theater has adapted seating arrangements to meet social distance requirements, limiting the amount of tickets sold for each film. 

Patrons can purchase tickets at Sturlin recommended purchasing tickets as soon as possible to secure seating for those wishing to attend one or more of the showings.  Patrons are required to wear face coverings while in the WYO Theater.

Still on the line up for the series this year is a coming-of-age Western, The Culpepper Cattle Co. starring Gary Grimes and Bo Hopkins on Jan. 17. Hondo, starring John Wayne, Geraldine Page and Ward Bond will be featured on Jan. 24. The final film, Canadian Pacific, this years’ Western train feature, with Randolph Scott and Jane Wyatt, will be shown on Jan. 31. All films are at 2 p.m., Sundays in January.  

The film series is made possible by the Christine Gempp Love Foundation and the John & Helen Ilsley Family Foundation with additional support from Let’er Buck Car Wash, Gene & Vickie Sturlin, Vacutech, TruBuilt Builders, Robert & Tracy Boyle and Kim & Mary Kay Love.  

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