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100-year-old movie theater back in business

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

As a general rule, folks avoid frightening situations, but Halloween is major exception where-many seek to scare themselves silly watching horror movies.

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“I love horror movies. Me and my dad every Halloween, when 31 days of Halloween on AMC is on, we watch it all the time when he gets home,” said Cayden Childeos, horror movie fan.

This year, people were able to scratch that itch with an added bonus of newly refurbished movie theater that hasn't run a film in decades. Organizers say it is an emotional day for those who remember the building’s former glory.

“It’s just awesome. I think if you were around here to see the movies and when it's over, you'll probably see some old folks crying, I’m sure of that,” said Mary Creech, one of the events organizers.

The City Mayor says what’s happening is a step towards addressing various city concerns.

“We want to get the town back. We want to get some life back in the town and save the town. We are trying desperately, that's all we can do,” said Mayor Wanda Humphrey.

While says this is only a small step in addressing the city's concerns, it has kindled the spirit of Halloween and city history, and that, folks here are saying, is something you can't place a price tag on.

All of the proceeds gathered Wednesday night are being donated to city of Benham. There are two more movies set to play in the theater in December. On December 6th, the theater will be playing “A Christmas Story” at 7:30pm. On December 20, they will be playing another move that has yet to be decided.


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