Freeman to Raise Funds for Miss. Theater

By The Associated Press

Aberdeen, Miss. -- Morgan Freeman planned to participate in a fund raiser for the historic Elkin Theatre.

The event Saturday was to include a showing of Freeman's 1989 film, "Driving Miss Daisy." Freeman was nominated for a best-actor Oscar for his role in the movie, which also starred Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd.

"Mr. Freeman is very selective in his causes, and he thinks this is a good cause because it's a community effort," said Judy Jones, secretary of Elkin Theatre Inc. "Helping the Elkin is something he wanted to do."

Local residents are trying to save the Elkin. An all-volunteer group shows new releases so residents don't have to travel to Tupelo or Columbus to see a movie.

Money raised from the event will be used to help match a $72,000 Mississippi Arts Commission grant. The theater's board of directors needs to raise $48,000 to qualify for the funds.

The 65-year-old actor, who lives in Mississippi, also starred in "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Nurse Betty." His upcoming films include "Bruce Almighty," starring Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston.


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