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Spectrum 8 makes sustainability strides

Silver screen now lit by solar power, other green initiatives undertaken

Spectrum 8 Theaters had 216 solar panels installed on its roof in late December to provide the business with green energy and help cut costs.

Spectrum 8 Theaters had 216 solar panels installed on its roof in late December to provide the business with green energy and help cut costs.

— The Spectrum has worked hard to be a “green” theater since it opened in 1983. The majority of the products sold at the concession stand come from local businesses and the paper products come from recycled sources. Also, the coffee in the coffee shop next door that’s also affiliated with the theater is fair trade and organic.

“We encourage people to shop local and support independent businesses, and we fulfill that circle by doing the same,” Pickard said. “Studies show if you spend local that money stays local, while if you shop at the big box stores that money goes to the company’s home base.”

The Spectrum’s owners have also established a car-pooling program. Any customer who arrives in a car with three or more people will be entered into a monthly drawing to win free movie tickets. The hope is to take additional cars off the road, while promoting the theater.

“The costs of some of the things we do are a little more expensive than usual, but it’s the little things that can be done on a regular basis that will benefit us all in the long run,” said Pickard.

He also feels the efforts are appreciated by the theater’s customers.

“The project is something that plays to our base,” he said. “Overall we’re just very excited about what the future holds.”

The theater is located at 290 Delaware Avenue, and can be found on the web at spectrum8.com.

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