Community Fundraiser Heats Up at Roxy Theater
Friday night’s rainy weather did not stop several Lockport residents from stopping by the Roxy Theater to enjoy a special viewing of the 1959 classic film “Some Like it Hot.”
With the theater marquee illuminated, Marilyn Monroe fans and movie fanatics alike spent a dreary Friday evening in the Roxy Theater, located at 1017 S. State St. in Lockport. Attendees made their way out of the rain and into the theater where they helped themselves to popcorn and drinks before the movie began at 6:45 p.m. All proceeds from the event went to benefit people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses as supported by Trinity Services, Inc., the nonprofit organization that owns the Roxy Theater.
"We initially bought [the Roxy Theater] and we operated it as a gathering spot for the people that we support,” said Meredith Dobes, coordinator for communication and media development for Trinity Services. “We just recently did this big renovation to it and re-opened it as the event venue, but we still are using it for the people we serve.”
The renovation, which was completed in 2018, was a main drawing point for several attendees including Lockport native, Cindy Musselman who strives to support local establishments.
For others, a movie on a rainy Friday night was enough to bring them out for the evening.
“It’s actually my husband’s birthday today, and he’s been wanting to check out the Roxy for a long time now,” said Angela Lappa. “And, it’s kind of fun to go to a movie theater on a rainy day because what else are you going to do?”
For added fun, the event was intended to feature a Marilyn Monroe look-alike contest for a chance to win a gift basket. Due to the poor weather conditions, none of the attendees took on the challenge.
Trinity Services, Inc. helps 3,500 adults and children with developmental disabilities in 31 Illinois communities live full and abundant lives. The organization provides residential services for Lockport by managing group homes throughout the community.