Group needs help to raise money for outdoor movie series

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Can Hollywood bring a neighborhood together? One group is hoping the answer is yes and it needs your help to make it happen. The Friends of Chimborazo organization in Church Hill is trying to raise funds for an outdoor movie series.

Indiana Jones and Casablanca are films almost anyone would enjoy. John Clay of Friends of Chimborazo said that's exactly what he's thinking as he tries to bring the "silver screen" to this park.

"It's our effort to bring the community together and have an old fashioned kind of night out," he explained.

While Richmond's kids have a lot of time on their hands with not much to do during the summer, an outdoor movie series could keep them safe.

"I think it is always good to have something for kids to do other than just find their entertainment," Clay said. "I know as a teen when I was left on my own I would get in trouble sometimes."

Here's the problem: the free night out is something people in this area of Richmond might not get to experience this year.

The city's free movie series kicks off this Friday. It is hosting seven different events; none of which are in parks in the east end.

The neighborhood group is trying to raise money on its own to pay for licensing fees to show the films. Despite continued tough economic times, Clay is looking to local businesses to make sure "lights, camera, action" happens in Chimborazo Park.

"The cost is minimal," he clarified. "We're talking $150-$200 for a night you can sponsor it. It's tax deductible. So it's just kind of giving back."

The goal is to raise enough money for three different movies. If you want to help, email

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