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Gateway Film Center Offers Federal Employees Free Movies

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More than 800,000 federal workers face their second pay period without wages. It’s hard not to feel a bit helpless in the face of that kind of financial suffering, but Gateway Film Center’s president Chris Hamel decided there was at least one small way his theater could help.

Beginning Jan. 21 and extending until the government shutdown ends, federal employees and one guest will be admitted to any screening for free.

“The stress these individuals and their families are feeling is unfortunate and deserves our attention and empathy,” says Hamel. “I decided we should help the best way we know how.”

Gateway Film Center member Brandon Thomas appreciates GFC’s community outreach.

“Movies have been, and continue to be, an escape for people,” says Thomas. “Kudos to the Gateway for continuing to provide this escape for federal employees as they deal with financial uncertainty.”

The offer includes any screening to any film showing at GFC. Federal employees will need to present their federal employee identification card at the box office to receive their tickets.

For information and showtimes, visit gatewayfilmcenter.org.

Read more from Hope at MADDWOLF and listen to her weekly movie review podcast, SCREENING ROOM.

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