Walton Theatre Saved

By Perry Russom

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 7:18 PM EST

Walton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - A community movie theatre in Walton was on the verge of shutting down, if it wasn't for the help of one little girl with a big idea.

At the end of next month, movies will only be distributed digitally.

Without upgrading to a brand new digital projector, the historic Walton Theatre, wouldn't have been able to show movies.

But now, the theatre is saved.

Only a week ago, the full $70,000 to buy the new projector was raised.

Ten-year-old Mara Little was the force behind keeping the theatre open.

She organized parties to raise money, inspiring friends, family and teachers raising $4,500 all by herself.

"I felt a big accomplishment but I was also happy that the town tried to pitch and and everybody else tried to pitch in and help," said Mara Little.

"We're not a real rich community but we are hard workers," said Paula O'Brien, Walton Theatre Preservation Association Member.

"Everyone was willing to work hard for the money."

All of the money was raised by local groups without the help of any grants.

The projector will be installed and fully operational by mid-January.

"Even though I'm just a little girl, I'm still able to do big things," Maura said.

The projector is expected to be installed in mid-January.