For the past eight years, Yellow Creek Theater has partnered with the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club to feature a car movie on Friday nights. This year will be no different as on July 20, the theater will feature "The Love Bug" starring Dean Jones and Buddy Hackett.
To stick with the car theme, the evening will also play host to a classic car show in the Poland Library parking lot. Depending on the weather, the show could see upwards of 30 vintage and classic automobiles.
"We partner with the MVOCC to help them raise funds for a child in need," said YCT representative Ron Eiselstein.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club members Dee Trip and Rich Posivak join Yellow Creek Theater representative Ron Eiselstein as they plan for the July 20 car movie and car show.
This year's child in need is Mario Novello, 3, of Mineral Ridge. Mario suffers from a rare disease known as chromosomal 4 deletion condition. This causes a variety of problems from low muscle tone, developmental delays, a leaking heart vessel and a hole in the young child's heart. Mario will be four in September, but must wait an entire year before he will be strong enough to undergo heart surgery.
To help the Novello family with the extreme medical costs, the MVOCC takes all its proceeds from various events held through the year and gives it to the family.
"Over the past 12 years we have given over $80,000 to Hospice of the Valley and children in need," said MVOCC secretary Dee Tripp. "We always run our treasury down to zero each year."
The partnership with YCT has helped the car club achieve its goals by giving the members another event to help raise funds.
"Last year, we raised $300 even though the movie got rained out," said MVOCC member Rich Posivak. "The year before we made $700. It all depends on the weather."
The car club sells $1 hot dogs and holds a 50-50 raffle. The car show begins at 6 p.m. until the start of the movie at 9 p.m. Posivak said the car club has a secondary mission and that is preserving and informing young people about vehicles of the past.
"We try to offer an educational car show where young people can see how things were and how cars used to be built," Posivak said. "So many just don't know."
While the club has a good number of Model A vehicles, there are just as many from the 1960s and '70s. Tripp said those vehicles seem to appeal to the younger crowd.
As for the YCT, Eiselstein said the movie will go on whether or not the bridge gets its final coat of paint on the screen. He said he is still awaiting word from ODOT on approving the paint for the project.
"The movies still play well on the present wall," he said. "You have to really look close to see the repairs we've made."
Yellow Creek Theater is a free community movie theater that is open air. The U.S. 224 bridge support serves as the movie screen and people are welcome to bring a lawn chair to enjoy the movie night in the back parking lot at the Poland Library.