Boulevard Cinemas will show the Petaluma Little Leaguers' first two World Series games in two of its largest auditoriums, the owner confirmed Tuesday.

A total of 500 tickets will be available for the noon Thursday showing of the team's first game in South Williamsport, Pa.

Theater owner Dave Corkill said 130 tickets were sold within the first three hours.

"It's going to be quite a high-energy event," he said.

Tickets are $15, which goes to the families of team members to help offset the costs of traveling to the tournament.

Depending on the outcome of Thursday's game, the team will play Saturday or Sunday. Corkill said he also will donate the use of the auditoriums for the second game.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the box office at 200 C St. in Petaluma or online at

The expenses of players and coaches are paid by Little League, but the families must bear the costs of traveling to Pennsylvania at the last minute and possibly staying for as long as 10 days. The World Series comes on the heels of the weeklong West Region tournament in San Bernardino, which families also attended.

Petaluma swept through the regionals, going 6-0, to qualify for the World Series, the pinnacle of youth baseball.

Petaluma National Little League President Anthony Lackey said league officials are hoping to raise $60,000 in donations to help the families of the 13 team members attend.

So far, restaurants have donated dinner proceeds, a local softball team held a bake sale, businesses have offered to help and local residents have donated money to the cause.

Other fundraisers are expected this week.

The World Series pits the top eight American teams from regional tournaments against the top eight from international tournaments. The teams play 30 games beginning Thursday. The title game is Aug. 26.

The preliminary games will be televised on ESPN and its affiliates. The U.S. and the world championship game will be on ABC.

To donate, visit, where there is a link to a PayPal donation site and the league's address to send a check.

Contact Staff Writer Lori A. Carter at 762-7297 or