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Hollywood fundraiser draws a crowd

Hollywood actor and Lake Placid resident James Tolkan, seated, signs an autograph for Sue Pulitzer, which she got for her son, Chip. Tolkan was there to support the Hollywood Theatre in Au Sable Forks, which is seeking to transition to digital cinema as part of the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign.

Hollywood actor and Lake Placid resident James Tolkan, seated, signs an autograph for Sue Pulitzer, which she got for her son, Chip. Tolkan was there to support the Hollywood Theatre in Au Sable Forks, which is seeking to transition to digital cinema as part of the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Community members showed up in droves to help raise funds for a local theater threatened with “Go Digital or Go Dark.”

A full house attended a night of music at the Hollywood Theater Aug. 18, which included an appearance by actor and Lake Placid resident James Tolkan.

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Eric Klotzko and Susan Richards perform at the Hollywood Theatre benefit show Aug. 18.

“The continued success of the movies depends on theaters like this one,” said Tolkan, who is most famous for his roles in the “Back to the Future” trilogy and “Top Gun.”

Tolkan said he was approached by Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas about appearing to help the fundraiser.

“I think that it is my civic responsibility to help out the local communities that I am a part of, and when they called I wanted to help out,” he said.

“We called James about two weeks ago and he said he had to see if his wife would let him do it,” Douglas said. “We were very grateful that he was able to come and help us out.”

Along with Tolkan, theater-goers to the fundraiser were treated to a musical review of several classic movies by Susan Richards and Eric Klotzko.

“Susan approached me about this and said that she was going to do this and do everything in her power to make sure that we were able to stay here,” Hollywood co-owner Sierra Hanf said. “She is quite the draw and she has a beautiful voice.”

Richards, who works in the supervisor’s office, said she had the full support of her boss once she decided to hold the event.

“This is something that is really special to him, and he is such a dedicated person to this community,” Richards said.

“My brother, sister and I would always run over to watch the movies here,” said Douglas, who grew up across the street from the Hollywood. “We are so very thankful to Sierra and (husband) Corey because they have been so dedicated to everything that goes on in the community, and we are happy to help and assist them in any way that we can.”

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