Incentives for Burns Lake’s Beacon Theatre volunteers

With summer blockbuster season just weeks away, the film society has issued an plea for volunteers to assist in the theatre’s concession.

Want to see films for free at the Beacon Theatre, complete with popcorn and pop?

It’s as easy as volunteering, according to members of the Lakes District Film Society, the non-profit organization operating Canada’s third community owned cinema.

With summer blockbuster season just weeks away, the film society has issued an urgent plea for volunteers to assist in the theatre’s concession.

“With films like Marvel’s Avengers, Men In Black 3, Madagascar 3, and The Expendables 2 scheduled to open in a matter of weeks, we need to update our list of volunteers,” explained Anne Currie, the film society’s volunteer coordinator. “We’re expecting big crowds for these films, and it’s essential that we have at least one volunteer each weekend night to assist.”

Currie explained that although the theatre has paid employees, it requires a volunteer on some nights to ensure quality customer service. The use of volunteers helps the film society keep operating costs at the theatre down, which in turn helps keep ticket and concession prices in check.

Currie estimated that she needs at least 20 new theatre volunteers to ensure this year’s operating season is a success.

“Volunteering at the Beacon is a lot of fun, and you don’t need any experience or special skills to help out,” she noted. “The best part, of course, is the fact that in exchange for perhaps an hour of your time, you get to watch the movie for free while enjoying popcorn and pop on us!”

Anyone interested in helping out is urged to contact Currie at 250- 691-0006, or speak to any member of the society.

Beacon Theatre features state-of-the-art digital projection and sound, and will soon add a video gaming system and conferencing equipment.