Richard Gere visits Montrose

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Actor Richard Gere paid a visit to Montrose for the Richard Gere Film Festival.

The commotion of Richard Gere's appearance in town could have been heard from miles away.

However, this time Mr.Gere's presence was not for a scene in a movie. The well-known actor was asked to come to town for a fundraiser for the Montrose Theater. The Montrose Restoration Committee has been working on restoring the theater all year long.

Hilorie Schenker, board member of the Restoration Committee, said, "When we suggested this as something he might be interested in, he was very excited about the chance and to generously donate his time".

The committee decided to hold a film festival throughout the weekend to raise money to ultimately fix the marquee. With a showing of some of Gere's most popular films all weekend long, hundreds of tickets were sold.

"We are the only theater in Susquehanna County, so trying to keep this building that is central to our community and brings a lot of people together is a really exciting opportunity" Schenker said.

Eyewitness News Anchor Candice Kelly sat down with Mr.Gere for a one on one interview before the theater crowd. He told her he has been coming to the theater since he was a young child. Now, he is encouraging the people of Montrose to keep this good thing going.

The Montrose Restoration Committee hopes this weekend will bring forth more awareness to all of the help the theater needs, and help Montrose shine again as a whole.

 


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