Will a 22 Year-old Hostess Twinkie on eBay Help Save The 111 Year-old Historic Everett Theater?

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The 111 year-old, non-profit Historic Everett Theater, the oldest operating theater in the western United States, may not survive the digital revolution as Hollywood is ending the distribution of movies on 35mm film. As part of a fundraising campaign, the theater is auctioning a --22 year-old Hostess Twinkie—on eBay to help raise funds for the digital projection system needed to preserve the theater’s ability to bring classic cinema to the community

This Twinkie was stored before President Barack Obama graduated from Harvard Law School.

That’s right, a 22 year-old Twinkie, still in the package, is being offered on eBay this week in hopes that it will contribute to the funding and bring awareness to the theater’s goal of raising $100,000 in just under 60 days.

The fundraising campaign has launched http://22YearOldTwinkie.com to showcase the last century Hostess Twinkie’s eBay auction, including a photo taken with actress Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in the Christmas favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The site also links to the main fundraising campaign using Kickstarter.com and to more information on The Historic Everett Theater.

Where did the 22 year-old Twinkie come from?

Matt Terry, Film Coordinator for the non-profit Historic Everett Theater, as a personal experiment put away a packaged Hostess Twinkie in January of 1990. His Twinkie was stored, before most of the world even was aware of the Internet. It was put away before Microsoft released Windows 3.0 and companies like Google even existed. It was put away before President Barack Obama had graduated from Harvard Law School.

During Thanksgiving dinner, he and his family realized that recent events with demise of Hostess might allow his well-aged Twinkie to bring attention to this important cause.

Matt Terry hopes this 22 year old Twinkie can help fund the 111 year-old theater’s move into the digital movie age. The theater’s decades old projectors work fine. They have been bringing film classics back to the big screen for the community just north of Seattle, WA for years. However, now Hollywood is ending the distribution of all movies on 35mm film. Even though the theater specializes classic movies, it will need the latest in digital projection systems to do this. Without the upgrade, the theater will lose an important income stream, with the upgrade it could potentially add first-run films to its schedule.

Can the corporate death of Hostess Baking, a 22 year-old Twinkie and 21st century e-commerce come together to help The Historic Everett Theater show movies for another 111 years? The eBay Twinkie auction this week and the fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com will soon answer this question.

Media contact information for reaching Matt Terry and more information on the Twinkie auction can be found on the first page of http://22YearOldTwinkie.com. A special media number has been set up at +1 (425) 224-2462. Full information on the Kickstarter.com based fundraising campaign can be found at http://kck.st/WpwfJ9

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