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Its not everyday 29 seniors get to go out to the movies together. It was as if they were teenagers again when they piled into the Classic Theatre one evening just before Christmas.

The residents in the Carmelite House go on different outings throughout the year.

“For Christmas we wanted to do something different,” said registered nurse Anne Blackmore. “The movie theatre approached us.”

The owners of the theatre invited the residents of the Carmelite house to enjoy a movie of their choice free of charge, the home just had to arrange for the ride.

“It was amazing,” Blackmore said of the offer.

The Carmelite house borrowed another bus so they could accommodate more residents from both their home and their transitional long-term care unit in the hospital.

When they got to the theatre there was popcorn and drinks and like stepping back in a time machine the 1957 movie ‘White Christmas’ was the feature film.

“Some of them were singing along with White Christmas,” said Blackmore, “while others, they were really engaged, talking about the costumes and the dancers.”

The residents who attended the showing of the Christmas movie had all different ailments from Alzheimer’s to being physically impaired or simply just elderly.

“It was really beautiful to see,” Blackmore said.

The residents in the Carmelite House go on different outings throughout the year.

“For Christmas we wanted to do something different,” said registered nurse Anne Blackmore. “The movie theatre approached us.”

The owners of the theatre invited the residents of the Carmelite house to enjoy a movie of their choice free of charge, the home just had to arrange for the ride.

“It was amazing,” Blackmore said of the offer.

The Carmelite house borrowed another bus so they could accommodate more residents from both their home and their transitional long-term care unit in the hospital.

When they got to the theatre there was popcorn and drinks and like stepping back in a time machine the 1957 movie ‘White Christmas’ was the feature film.

“Some of them were singing along with White Christmas,” said Blackmore, “while others, they were really engaged, talking about the costumes and the dancers.”

The residents who attended the showing of the Christmas movie had all different ailments from Alzheimer’s to being physically impaired or simply just elderly.

“It was really beautiful to see,” Blackmore said.

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