Movie Theater Re-Opens in Ava with a New Mission


AVA, Mo — The “True View Family Theater” is showing faith-based films, and hopes to further the mission of the non-profit that runs it.

It was a night out for over 100 people in the city of Ava Saturday night as the town saw the return of its only movie theater. 

For a cold night, the square in the Douglas County town was bustling, with a line going out the door of the theater which returns with a new mission.    

The theater will supply inspirational and faith-based films for its audience. 

This venture is another way to help the community for Tom Martincic, the man who runs the theater.

He is the Executive Director of Bread of Life Giving and Sharing, a non-profit in Douglas County meant to support those in poverty. 

Tom already helps operate the “True Brew” Coffee Shop on the square which provides food for little or no cost to those in need, and Saturday they pulled back the curtain on the “True View” Family Theater.

“It just seems like people in the community here, we want to lift them up. We don’t want to just help them with their food and say goodbye. Maybe there is someway we can build them up and pray for them. When the movie is over, we are hoping to be able to come up on stage and say ‘Hey, anybody who needs prayer let us know, and we’ll be happy to pray for you,” Martincic says. 

The 141-seat, single screen theater has been vacant since last fall, but was purchased by a donor and offered to the non-profit to use in order to forward their mission.

Martincic says True View will give people a place the whole family can go, without being subjected to some of the things in other blockbuster films, which he belives are negative. 

“We’re going to stick with the genre of something that is going to build people up and inspire them. We believe our community needs inspriation and that’s something that we really want to try and let our film selection demonstrate,” Martincic explains. 

True View will charge admission for their new release films, but they will also play a lot of old movies too for no charge.

Martincic says that Douglas County is the third-poorest county in the state by capita. 

All of their staff are volunteers, and proceeds from their concessions and refreshments go towards feeding the hungry in Douglas County. 

For a list of showings you can visit this link.

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