Bonnie Kate invites public to ‘wear green’ for weekend movie

Published 6:30 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2018

With different celebrations across the region on tap for St. Patrick’s Day, one downtown attraction is hoping an artistic classic will encourage a festive attitude from the public.

The Bonnie Kate Theater will have three showings of the movie “The Wizard of Oz” on Saturday, March 17, starting at 1 p.m. and is asking the public to “see green” for St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green attire for the movie.

Marcia Ross, events coordinator at the Bonnie Kate, said the showing of the movie is part of a growing idea to show various older movies to the public to relive some of the thrill of watching a movie at the former theater-only building.

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Saturday’s event won’t take too much green from the wallet either. With no set price, attendees are asked to give what “green” they can to help renovations at the structure.

According to Ross, proceeds for the movie will go toward work needed for the roof of the Bonnie Kate.

“We’re just asking the public to stop by and have some fun for St. Patrick’s Day,” Ross said. “Any dollar amount can help.” Additional showings are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

March’s dip into the movie coffers sets the stage for a unique April, Ross said, which will feature productions from up-and-coming performers in the region.

Area children from the Bonnie Kate Youth Drama Class and Youth Musical Theater will offer a double feature of sorts with a pair of productions on Saturday, April 7.

Students with the drama class will perform “Wild, Wild Folk Tales” while musical theater youth will showcase their singing and acting chops for “screen test.”

The times for April’s events are 2:30 and 7 p.m. and the cost of admission is $5 a ticket.

Seeing the youth take an interest with the theater has been a treat, Ross said. Drama and youth students will follow a trend of local performers having the opportunity to perform inside the landmark.

Since its reopen date, students from Milligan College and Elizabethton High School have added their own bit of legacy to the site by offering various productions to the public.

For more information on upcoming events at the Bonnie Kate or how to get involved, visit or call (423) 895-1762.