After selling out of popcorn the first time, Art Theatre returns for fundraising ‘curbside concessions’

Times are tough for the city’s last standing independent movie theater, The Art Theatre, which hasn’t seen an audience in nearly a year. Facing an uncertain future, in December the theater hosted a fundraising event they dubbed “Curbside Concessions,” as a way to generate a little revenue.

Fans of the Art really came through.

“We sold out every kernel of popcorn, all candy and all merch and raised $4,000 for the Art Theatre,” said Kerstin Kansteiner, owner and board secretary of the theater.

Kansteiner said the money helped pay for a few bills, and one month’s salary for their only remaining employee, general manager Ryan Ferguson.

Still, until the venue can host crowds once again, the theater is still without a means to pay the bills. While the Art operates as a nonprofit, the owners of the space, Kansteiner and her husband/partner Jan van Dijs, are still paying the overhead costs and mortgage.

In hopes that the city might support them once again, “Curbside Concessions” has a returned for Valentine’s Day Weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m., locals can pick up bundles of popcorn, candy and other refreshments, including wine, you can pre-order online. All of the profits will go to the Art Theatre.

To purchase a concession bundle, book your purchase online. Patrons can pick up their goodies from the back entrance of the theater—easiest access is from St. Louis Street—where Ferguson and several other Art Theatre board members will be on-site to deliver the bundles.

For more information, click here.

The Art Theatre is located at 2025 E. Fourth St.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and videographer who covers music, art and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post and sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.