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Strand to hold fundraiser dinner

Published 11:00 am Thursday, July 24, 2014

A big-screen menu will be offered Friday night at Main Street Market Café as the downtown restaurant plays host to the latest fundraiser to support the Strand Theatre’s air conditioning project.

“We will be serving “Brie Willy” and “Raiders of the Lost Artichokes” for appetizers,” said Sally Bullard, adding “Beef Shank Redemption” and “Shrimp Ratatouille” will be entrée choices.

A “When Harry Met Salad” will be served and dessert choices will include “Pavlova Actually,” she said.

Bullard and her husband, Chris Fink, are the owners of the Main Street Market Café and are opening their business for the evening to lend their support to the movie house.

Friday’s event is the third fundraiser to help purchase an air-conditioning system and cover the installation costs, said Daniel Boone, the film programmer for the theatre.

“The first fundraiser was a dinner and a movie, the second just a movie and this one will be a dinner,” Boone said.

Along with the box office fair, the fundraiser will also include entertainment by guitarist Joanne Ryan and violinist Sandy Shugars. Movie trivia games will be played throughout the evening.

The Strand is located on Clay Street and opened in 1934. It was operated by Paramount-Richards, then Paramount-Gulf Theatres and finally by Gulf States Theatres. It closed in the late 1960’s but reopened in 2011 for live theater productions offered by the Westside Theatre Foundation.

A year after the reopening, Boone has been dedicated to bringing back films to the Strand.

The fundraising event will begin at 6 p.m. and the cost is $30 per person, tip not included.

Guests may bring their own beverages. No cork fee will be charged.

Advance tickets are available at the Highway 61 Coffeehouse, 1101 Washington St. or by calling 601-529-7252. Space is limited and reservations are required.

The Main Street Market Café is at the corner of Main Street and Cherry Street.