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Ti movie program canceled

TICONDEROGA - Plans to bring movies to Ticonderoga have been shelved.

The schedule of flicks to be shown at the Ticonderoga Best Western Inn & Suites has been canceled because of copyright restrictions.

Allison Kaupelis, Best Western director of sales and marketing, said after the plan to screen family movies became public Swank Motion Pictures, Inc. contacted her saying the movies could not be shown without paying a copyright fee.

Founded in 1937, The North Carolina-based firm is a movie distributor, online CE/CME education distributor and public performance licensing agent.

Swank wanted up to $1,000 per showing plus a percentage of ticket sales, Kaupelis said.

"It's so sad," Kaupelis said. "We thought it (movies) would be a great asset to the community."

The Ticonderoga Best Western Inn & Suites had planned to start showing movies this week, beginning with Toy Story 3 in 3D.

Tickets were to be $2 for children and $5 for adults. Proceeds were going to be donated to Ticonderoga's Black Watch Memorial Library.

"The Best Western is saddened by Swank Motion Pictures' decision to not allow us to host movie nights," Kaupelis said. "We would like to let the community know we are exploring many different avenues to be able to show movies. Unfortunately, we feel to pay Swank a possible $1,000 plus half of our donations that we collect per film is a bit unreasonable to host a community movie night."

Best Western is not giving up on showing family movies, Kaupelis said.

"We will be hosting a family night on the dates already assigned and, fingers crossed, we will have it all figured out by then and be back up and running with the kids' choice movie nights," Kaupelis said. "Thank you very much for your support and check out our Facebook page and TACC event's calendar for updates."

Family nights are scheduled for March 12, April 2 and April 23 at 6 p.m.

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