OAKHURST – The clock is ticking down to the end of 2012, and also to the end of the chance to save our local theater. And the message from the Met Heroes today is – “We need your help!”
Movie Heroes, Inc., is spearheading a last minute phone drive. They are calling all the homes in the mountain area to let them know what is happening at the Met, and give them an opportunity to become a subscriber.“Yesterday was a huge day for sign-ups to Save the Met Cinemas,” says Matt Sconce. “We had close to 120 people sign up! Let’s make today even bigger. Come to the Met lobby today to help call people, anytime between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and/or hold signs on the corner between 2 and 4:30 p.m. It will be a fun time where we are all working together to make this happen! Spread the word on Facebook everywhere that we have only 2 days left to reach the 3,000 people needed to sign up and save the theater! We can do it!”
Another big addition to the subscription plan is now available. The Met Cinemas is now accepting payments by check if you want to pay for six months at a time. That would be $119.70 for individual or $209.70 for the partner plan. That will allow members to see every single movie that plays at the Met, and guests attending with subscribers will be offered a discounted ticket price.
Matt Sconce will be at the Met today, Saturday, Dec. 29, Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. signing up new Met Heroes. “Pass this on to all those you know who are holding back because they don’t want to pay with a credit card,” says Sconce. “GO!!! Only 2 days left!!”
As of Saturday morning, the Met is just 580 people away from their goal. They encourage everyone to visit www.savethemet.com to sign up, or stop by the theater.
Gary Sconce, who teaches at Yosemite High School, and is Matt’s dad, posted this on the Met Heroes Facebook page:
“For friends who may not know what is happening, our local theater that has continuously shown movies since March of 1986, closed its doors suddenly. My son, Matt Sconce, is trying to use a community membership model, like a gym, to save the theater so there will be enough money coming in each month to make all the bills and still bring in the newest releases for the local people.
“The Met is the only theater within 50 miles and helps with a lot of money staying in town and not going to Fresno. I have been dressing up in “Met Hero” costumes and standing on the corner of the busiest intersection in Oakhurst, CA with lots of people, trying to get the local folks to join up.
“We need 3,000 and still have a few hundred to go to save the theater. We only have until December 31st, the deadline date when the landlords gave Matt and team to raise the needed memberships.
“We are sprinting to the finish, hoping to get enough people to join. It is really a GREAT deal! With a $19.95 membership, you will get to see between 8 and 12 first run feature films every month! That is less than $1.99 a movie! The cool thing is, as a member, you can buy cheap tickets for other family members and they can still see the films that come to the Met. Members, however, see ALL the films in a month by just swiping their card!
“In comparison, a single trip to Fresno to see a film costs over $20 in gas, then the $12 tickets, let’s say two, ($24) and then will probably have a food run too.
“SO: Fresno- for 1 movie, over $50, easy. A Met partner membership is $34.95 and will allow a couple to see 8-12 new first run feature films a month! That’s 11 more films for LESS MONEY!!
“This is why I have been trying like crazy to communicate this to my friends in town in the last few days of the opportunity. I’ll be out there in my BATMAN costume again today, 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Highway 41 and 49. Come on out and stand with me!”