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Lights! Camera! Action!: The Campaign to Reopen the Athena Cinema

Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
105 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on June 30, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Athena Highlight from 1940

June 02, 2021

Athena Highlight from 2020

May 28, 2021

The marquee on September 25, 2020

Athena Memory from 2016

May 28, 2021

Athena Memory from 2015

May 28, 2021

Originally posted on Facebook, on June 4, 2015: A fantastic, once in a century event at the Athena last night. Here's to the next 100 years! If you weren't there, you missed something really special.

Athena Highlight from 2020

May 28, 2021

Originally posted on Facebook, on June 18, 2020: You may have noticed the work being done to restore our beautiful, art deco marquee. Its renovation is thanks to the generous support of the Weymouth Family in honor of their son, Tyler Weymouth. We were lucky enough to get to know Tyler when he was a projectionist at the Athena during his time as an OHIO student. We look forward to the day when Tyler’s family and friends can visit to see the restored marquee in person. Until then we send them a HUGE thank you.

Athena Memory from 2006

May 28, 2021

The Athena's marquee shines over Court Street, prior to the College Book Store's remodel and Taco Bell's transition into a Chipotle 

Athena Memory from 2002

May 28, 2021

Kim (Noone) Sears '03, Kris Cornwell '92, '94, and Jim Hintz '02, '04 at the grand reopening of the Athena in February 2002

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A gift in amount in recognition of the opening of the Athena in 1915.


Heirloom Popcorn

Enjoyed by movie-goers at the Athena — especially during the Athens International Film & Video Festival — Shagbark's Heirloom Popcorn has been a staple at the theater since 2011. This $50 gift level is in recognition of two 25 lb. bags of Shagbark popcorn.



For over 100 years the Athena has been showing movies on Court Street. This $100 gift level is in recognition of over a century of theater-going in Athens!


Backstage Pass

From 35 mm to digital, the projection booth is where the magic happens. This $300 gift level is in recognition of magic that happens behind the screen to bring the finest in film to Southeast Ohio.



The iconic Court Street Marquee has been featured on national news, tweeted by celebrities such as Ian McKellen and celebrated in countless snapshots and memories. It has featured proposals, birthday messages and thousands of movie titles. The $500 level is in recognition of the Athena’s marquee and its place in the history—and future—of Court Street and our community.