OAKHURST – Today is the last day for people to sign up to be a hero and Save The Met!
After many weeks of hard work and determination, Movie Heroes, Inc. and all their Met Heroes are within 250 subscribers of their goal of 3,000.
Matt Sconce, one of the three local entrepenuers who have organized the “Save the Met” campaign, is confident that they will reach their goal today.“We’ve had people who have vacation homes in the area sign up,” he told us this morning. “One couple from North Carolina signed up because they want to be able to come to the movies when they visit every year. They don’t want to see this theater go away.”
Sconce says they’ve had people from Fresno become members, with the intention of transfering their memberships to others in the mountain area who may not be able to afford it. Folks from as far away as Texas and Idaho are following suit.
Local businesses are providing memberships for their employees, and even folks who don’t go to the movies much are getting on board.
“They look at it as an investment in their community,” says Sconce. “They don’t really go a lot, but they want their town to have this theater.”
Sconce says this is a giant community effort, and right now, “they’re winning. When this theater reopens, it will be something this whole community has done. It’s exciting for them, and for us.”
Sconce hopes this will start a whole new trend in Oakhurst. “Local residents will have saved something in their town. So much goes out of Oakhurst. So many things fail. This will be one thing that we will have succeeded in not letting go of. We need to decide our own future.”
There will be folks on hand at the theater all day until 8 p.m., or as long as it takes, to help people sign up to save the Met. People can pay by check or credit card. They can also sign up on the phone. Just call the theater at 559-683-3456, visit the website www.savethemet.com, or stop in at the lobby.
There will be Met Heroes out on the corner at Highways 41 & 49 all day today, and face painting and balloon animals for kids of all ages. And once again, Gary Sconce will be playing the bagpipes to entertain the troops.
Met Heroes will also continue their phone calling today, trying to reach all the people who still may not be aware that the theater has closed.
The subscription plan for the theater allow members to see every movie that plays at the Met for $19.95 a month, with couples and family plans also available.
“It’s now or never,” says Matt. “Let’s make this happen!!”