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Film festival can help Ro-Na shine

More than 30 years after it closed its doors as a theater — and many more since its heyday — the historic Ro-Na Theatre will shine as a movie house once again, at least for one day.

As a way to raise money to continue the ongoing restoration work, volunteers will host the cleverly named “Just For Fun’ds Film Festival” Sunday.

The event will begin at noon with public domain children’s cartoons. It will be followed at 2 p.m. with a showing of the horror movie cult classic “Night Of The Living Dead.”

At 4 p.m. there will be some short films. And then the festival will feature two productions from local filmmaker Mickey Fisher, “The King of Iron Town” at 6 p.m. and “Summer Nuts” at 8 p.m.

Best of all, the event is free but attendees can donate what they can afford.

This will be another positive step forward for the embattled building that has seen better days, but because of the hard work of some individuals and community groups, its worst ones are behind it now too.

This will be a welcomed sight for many in Lawrence County who have fond memories of the Ro-Na and what it meant to the city.

Keith said she hopes in the future the Ro-Na becomes a multi-media outlet, able to accommodate movies, plays, dinner theaters, conferences and any number of other functions.

Once, it was the crown jewel in downtown Ironton.

Thanks to the hard work and vision of some community minded individuals, it can be again.