Generous donations keep rolling in to Sidney’s Star Cinema

The owner of Sidney Star Cinema says she is still receiving plenty of donations - large and small

Cliff Kindree

People’s generosity continues to amaze Sandy Oliver.

The owner of Sidney Star Cinema says she is still receiving plenty of donations – large and small – and with them come people’s stories about visiting the movie theatre and the positive experiences they’ve had, leading them to make a donation. The theatre is raising funds to purchase a digital projector and perform some facility upgrades. As the industry moves into more digital pictures, Star Cinema needs one to continue to show films. Oliver is searching for a used or near-new projector and theatre staff helped launch a fundraising campaign last year.

The reaction has been great, Oliver said, noting that many people want to help out to ensure the movie theatre remains open.

To that end, a group of Sidney Lions Club members donated $700 to the campaign this week. Acting as individuals, who all happen to be Lions Club members, they pitched in to help. Cliff Kindree, Bob Orchard and Alyson DesLauriers visited Star Cinema, Oliver and former Lions member Alan Lewis, whose late wife Carolyn (Oliver’s sister) had owned the theatre for years. While they wore their Lions Club vests in solidarity, they pointed out this donation was not made by the Lions Club – only individual members.

The donation brings the Star Cinema campaign total to well over $131,000. An official total had not yet been tallied by theatre staff as of press time.

To learn more about the effort, visit


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