The Movies at Midway in Rehoboth Beach was to host veterans associated with the Wounded Warriors Project this weekend, for a special matinee showing of "Rio 2" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2".
The event was planned in conjunction with the theater's donation of $25,000 to the project, but organizers from Wounded Warriors announced May 2 the event will have to be postponed. It is expected to be rescheduled in September.
“The Movies at Midway feel strongly about the importance of supporting the veterans in our community. Our veterans are strong, proud and resilient, but their service does not come without challenges and sacrifices,” said Tiffany Derrickson, theater operations manager, in a prepared statement. “The Movies are Midway is proud to support these ordinary Americans who have done extraordinary things.”
Derrickson said the donation came from the profits of the theater showing of "The Butler."
Derrickson said Atlantic Theaters owner Richard Derrickson initially did not wish to play “The Butler” at his theater due to Jane Fonda starring as Nancy Reagan in the film and her actions which supported the North Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War.
When Richard informed the Weinstein Co., the studio that produced the film, that Atlantic Theaters was not going to screen the movie, he was told that he would not be able to play upcoming Weinstein films if he didn't, said Jennifer.
"In order to stay true to his conscience, Richard decided to donate the profits from the movie to a worthy cause, and he chose the Wounded Warrior Project," she said.