BY MELANIE BUCK –
Silver Screens Cinema is nearing completion on their 50’s era themed, newly remodeled theater. According to Buddy and Deanna Ayres, they and their partner Greg Davis, are anticipating opening the doors by December 1st and are planning a grand opening celebration to coincide with the release of the latest Star Wars episode: The Force Awakens. “That’s what we are shooting for but there is still much to be done and there are outside contractors that we have no control over,” said Deanna.
Not only will the cinema keep two screens, new additions are being added, including VIP sections and game rooms. Deanna explained that the VIP sections will both be upstairs in balcony settings. “Cinema 1 will seat 36 VIP’s in large lounge-style chairs and Cinema 2 will seat 15. VIP’s will also have their own bathrooms upstairs, along with a waitress and VIP parking.” VIP costs will be $15 per person; regular admission will be $8 for adults and $5 for kids.
Cinema 1 will screen blockbuster movies while Cinema 2 will play secondary films. Roughly, between the two screens, the theater will seat 300 movie-goers. “We are unsure the exact number of seats right now. We want to give as much space with as much seating as possible,” said Buddy. “We might lose a row on each side depending on how far we space them apart but we prefer that people are comfortable,” added Deanna.
The upstairs areas will also boast game rooms. Buddy said they’ll start out with one room capable of playing Xbox Live, online gaming, in four stations and hope to expand to two rooms, totaling eight stations. “There will be partitions in the rooms, each with its own big screen TV and Xbox.”
The ‘Cry Rooms’ will still be available and have been moved downstairs on both sides of the theater. Buddy also stressed that the theater will now also be ADA compliant and will be wheelchair accessible.
Larger bathrooms have been constructed in the lobby area and the concession area will serve a multitude of foods. White Castle Burgers, pizza by the slice, nachos, hot dogs, pretzels, slushies, and of course, candy and popcorn will all be part of the menu. “We want to keep our prices affordable locally. We have enough concessions that you can have dinner and a movie right here,” said Deanna. And after seeing gum on many of the seats during the removal process, Buddy added, “There will no chewing gum allowed anywhere on the premises.” New leather chairs with cup holders will fill the theater and they hope to keep them nice and new for as long as they can.
When the theater is complete, it will have a 50’s era theme, complete with a white and black checkerboard floor and a ‘reel of 50’s movies’ running down both exterior sides of the building. A new freestanding digital marquee sign is also in the works that will display their hours and movie titles. “It’s going to have a personal touch, not like a chain theater, a personal experience,” Deanna said. “An experience like no other,” said Buddy.