Mike Cherry in studio, November 13, 2017
Mike Cherry, from Capitol Cinemas, was in studio Monday morning to talk to WPKY about the Capitol Cinemas, their current showings, and films they’ll be showing over the holidays.
Mike first told listeners that the Capitol Cinemas reopened in 1996 after a man who owned several independent theaters in Southern Illinois came through Princeton, inquired about the theater and got the ball rolling. For the past 21 years the Capitol has been bringing nationally released films to Princeton, but it hasn’t been without it’s challenges. Numbers continuously decline and that puts strains on the theater’s ability to fix issues. Though the community was able to help owner, Heidi Boyd, change the theater from film to digital, Mike encouraged more people to come and buy tickets and concessions so that the theater could set aside money for maintenance. The theater currently needs painting updates, the marquee roof needs to be repaired, and just recently a speaker in Cinema 2 has gone out. A technician will be fixing the speaker soon, but because of the cost, the more cosmetic fixes have to be passed on, unless the theater can attract more patronage.
Mike reminded listeners that this week, November 13th through November 17th, Capitol Cinemas is showing Thank You For Your Service, Daddy’s Home 2, and Thor Ragnarok. The cinema will be showing a sneak premiere of Justice League at 7PM Thursday, November 16th, which means the last showing of Thank You For Your Service will be Wednesday night. Then on November 22nd, they will get COCO, a new animated film from Walt Disney. Murder on the Orient Express, Wonder, The Star, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Jumanji will be coming in the following weeks. Mike also mentioned that they will be showing How the Grinch Stole Christmas as a free kids movie on Saturday, December 23rd, sponsored by First Southern National Bank. Doors will open at 10:30AM, and the film is for children of all ages.
Mike then told listeners that gift certificates, which are ticket books of ten tickets, will be available starting on Friday, November 24th, and are great stocking stuffers or gifts for the movie lover in the family.
You can stay up to date on show times by calling 270-365-7900, visiting capitolcinemas.net or Capitol Cinemas on Facebook, listening to WPKY, or checking out the ad in the Times Leader.
You can catch the full interview with Mike Cherry below.