Sidney Historic Theatre ready to be ‘Frozen’

By Melanie Speicher - mspeicher@sidneydailynews

SIDNEY — The Sidney Historic Theatre is going to be “Frozen” for a weekend in October.

“Through networking with a friend at the Tampa Theatre, we were able to get in contact with Disney to get the royalty for ‘Frozen, The Sing-Along Edition,” said Sarah Barr, executive director for Raise the Roof for the Arts/The Historic Sidney Theatre. “We have exclusive rights for the Sidney Theatre for the movie. This will be a very unique showing for this area.”

There will be two showings of the movie, said Barr, on Oct. 10-11. Shows will begin at 3 p.m.

“Tickets are $13 each and they are available by presale only,” said Barr. “Each movie-goer will receive an interactive goodie bag.

“There will also be picture opportunities with the characters of Olaf, Ana and Elsa,” said Barr.

“The goodie bags, said Barr, will include many surprises.

“During the movie in certain scenes, items in the goodie bag will be used. There will be a pamphlet inside the goodie bags which will tell you when to do certain things.”

The theatre has partnered with Picture Perfect and Brad Van Tilburgh to be the official photographer for the event and will be the only one allowed to take photographs. The cost of the photograph is included in the admission price.

“The pictures will be ready to go home with the families after the movie,” said Barr.

AAA Shelby County will also be at the event handing out Disney-themed goodies.

“We’re going to have a booth there,” said Deb Barga, AAA Shelby County. “We’ll be handing out Olaf fans and other ‘Frozen’-related items. At the end of the movie, we’ll hand out a surprise treat to everyone.”

Barga said they will also be answering Disney-related travel questions posed by those in attendance.

“Sara was going around the Chamber Expo to the booths talking to people,” said Barga of how the AAA became involved in the “Frozen” event. “I said ‘Let’s meet up.’ Kudos to the organizers of the Chamber Expo for this to happen.”

The photo booth, featuring “Frozen” characters will open at 1:30 p.m. Doors to the theatre will open at 2:30 p.m. and the film will start promptly at 3 p.m. each day.

“We encourage people to come early for pictures and to look forward to many magical surprises,” said Barr.

The concession stand will be open with items available for purchase. No food or drink will be allowed to be brought into the theatre.

“We encourage the children to dress up as the ‘Frozen’ characters,” said Barr. “This is going to be a fun family interactive event.”

There will also be a raffle of a “Frozen” basket which has been donated by Readmore Hallmark of Piqua, said Barr. Tickets will $1 each or six for $5 and will be available at the shows.

“We couldn’t do this event without the sponsorship of Alvetro’s Orthodontics and the city of Sidney,” said Barr. “We applied for a programming grant from the city and that’s being used for this event.

“We’re so excited to have ‘Frozen’ at the theatre,” she said. “It’s exclusive to Sidney. Disney has a certain mile radius around us so no one else can show the movie in their theatres. That’s part of what Disney does to make this a special event.”

Ticket sales begin Tuesday, Sept. 1. No tickets will be available at the theatre the day of the shows.

Tickets are available at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA, Alvetro’s Orthodontics, Sidney and Tipp City offices, Readmore Hallmark in Piqua and online at Every person attending the show must have a ticket. Only 400 tickets are available for each show.

By Melanie Speicher


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Reach the writer at 937-538-4822; follow her on Twitter @MelSpeicherSDN. Follow the SDN on Facebook,