Local movie theater goes green

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RAONOKE, Va. (WFXR News) —The Grandin Theatre is already a popular spot for residents.

“It’s independent, it’s non-profit, it has charm, it has history, it has personality, and it has movies that I like to see,” said Ellen Tudisco, a Grandin Theatre movie-goer.

Now the business is going green. The energy conversion is being made possible by the new Wind-Water-Sunlight Tariff Program offered by Appalachian Power.

From the lights to the popcorn machines — these things are all powered by renewable energy.

“The opportunity for us to give back to our community, reduce our environmental impact, reduce our footprint, and continue to be a role model in our community, for what we believe to be progressive movement, making sure that we’re a sustainable organization moving forward,” said Ian Fortier, the Executive Director of the Grandin Theatre Foundation.

The power is coming from a variety of local resources.

“Whether it’s a wind farm, or the Claytor Lake Dam, or a solar farm in Rustburg, and so on and so forth,” said Fortier.

Normally renewable energy can mean a higher energy bill, but a local council is helping with the costs. The Clean Valley Council will pay for additional costs through June of 2021.

Patrons are supportive of the switch to green energy.

“I think that’s a great idea,” said Tudisco. “We need all the support we can get for our local environment.”

The theater is the first fine arts and cultural non-profit to use the program.

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