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Clover Theater celebrates its grand re-opening

Saturday, July 27th, 2013 | Posted by

Clover Theater owners Ryan and Kathryn Hecht embrace following the theater’s official ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday morning.


Saturday morning before 10 a.m., people started lining the sidewalks around the Clover Theater on East First Street in anticipation of the recently reopened theater’s ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony.

Supporters who contributed to the online Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $60k for new projection equipment, received invitations from owners Ryan and Kathryn Hecht to a special free screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Hecht’s all-time favorite movie, immediately following the ceremony.

Response to their invitation was so overwhelming, they scheduled a second screening Sunday morning for those who were unable to attend the first one.

“We have big dreams for The Clover: new screens (3D is still our first priority but we think we’ll have to get through the summer before we can begin construction), a fully renovated lobby with updated bathrooms, and continued partnerships with local vendors for concessions that ‘wow.’ None of this would be possible, however, were it not for your generosity that helped us open the doors in the first place.”

The Hechts say they are extremely grateful for the ongoing support they have received. “The numbers look good, attendance has been robust, and clearly, Cloverdale is super excited to have its theater back.”

That works out perfectly because the Hechts say they are super excited to be here.

(Photos: Chelsea Judith)

People started lining up early on E. First Street Saturday morning in anticipation of a complimentary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”


2013 Citrus Fair Princess Jamie Kitchel prepares to cut the Grand Opening ribbon held by Clover Theater owners Kathryn and Ryan Hecht.


Community members gave Ryan and Kathryn Hecht a standing ovation in appreciation of their reopening and re-energizing the Clover Theater.



  • http://robinofrockridge.wordpress.com/ Robin Moore

    We are so grateful that the Hechts have re-opened the Clover Theater. Thank you!!!

  • Carolyn Crandall

    This is so wonderful, and now starting to bring “indies”, what more can we say. Way to go!!!!

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