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Community Raises Money to 'Save the Sun' Theatre

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Since 1947, the Sun Theatre has been a staple in Williamston.

"It's only small town. There's many times that I come over to the theatre, I'll get here just as the movie has started and I can hear different peoples laughs. And I'll say, 'Oh Wendy's here. Oh Therea's here'," said Dawn Marie-Joseph, a local business owner.

It offers a sense of nostaglia, sometimes hard to find these days. This one screen theatre takes pride in keeping their prices low, offering a family of four a night out for under $20.

"We're really trying to keep it affordable for everybody and keep it a fun meeting place," said Lisa Robitalle, the owner of the Sun Theatre.

The theatre brings in more than 60,000 people a year, something other business owners look forward to.

"It helps the economy," said Joseph. "And then they can walk around downtown and see what else we have to offer."

But surviving in a high-tech world is only getting harder. Sometime this year, Hollywood will be going 100 percent digital, doing away with 35 mm film, which means the Sun will need new equipment. $80,000 worth of it.

Through an online fundraiser, the community has helped donate more than $44,000 to help. 

"It's a great feeling because I knew that we lived in a great community before, but this has just proved it," said Robitalle. "We had one lady write us a letter. She talked about the whole last 80 years of her life. Her whole family coming here."

Robitalle says they expect the digital switch to happen sometime over the summer, so they're planning a few more fundraisers between now and then.

To find out more, visit the their website.

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