BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Actor and director William Fichtner is sending some love to Western New York.
The Aurora Theatre in East Aurora has been badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, so Fichtner is making his film Cold Brook available to the film house to help it recover from losses.
In an interview with 7 Eyewitness News, Fichtner says it all started with a phone call with Lynn Kinsella, the Aurora Theatre's co-owner.
"They're following all the rules and regulations and they're super careful on social distancing," said Fichtner. "What I want to share with everybody is that if I was home, and listen I'm super safe, but if I was home I would go and see the film."
Fichtner, a Western New York native, says he last visited Buffalo in November 2019 for the premiere of Cold Brook, which he directed, starred in, and filmed in the Buffalo area. The Aurora Theatre hosted the premiere.
Movie theaters were closed across New York State for months as health officials tried to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Theaters have been allowed to reopen since October, with restrictions.
"[Aurora Theatre] seats 650 people. They're allowed 50 for each showing. So it's not a big group," Fichtner said.
The Aurora Theatre will show Cold Brook beginning Thursday, November 12th. For tickets and show times, click here.