The 80-year-old theater on the west finish of downtown Madelia was extensively reworked whereas closed attributable to COVID restrictions final spring and summer season.
“We have been shut down like everybody else final March (attributable to preliminary COVID restrictions), so I went to my dad (the late Everett Christensen) and informed him this may be the time to make some modifications.” mentioned Brent Christensen, vp and chief working officer of Christensen Communications Firm.
“We attempt to maintain the theater’s historical past alive, give it an acceptable theme, however maintain it fashionable,” Brent mentioned. “We discovered unique reels (film projectors). We expanded the (concessions) counter and made it extra purposeful. “
New wall masking was added to the theater. A picket signal for the film. “Yankee Doodle Dandy” launched in 1942, it was cleaned. Every part within the theater was repainted. New lighting was added within the theater corridors, exits have been redone, and a brand new display was added.
“There have been many individuals concerned to make this (the opening of the theater) occur,” Brent mentioned. “Virtually everybody was native.”
A poster for the movie “Metropolis Slickers” starring Billy Crystal, which was proven when the theater reopened in 1991, was framed.
A film poster for “The Wizard of Oz”, which opened in 1939, is within the foyer of the theater.
The theater opened in 1939. It was up to date within the 1970s and closed in 1986. Everett Christensen bought the theater and reopened it in 1991.
Brent’s brother, Glen, is the theater’s director of operations.
“My dad obtained into the theater enterprise with out realizing something about it,” Glen mentioned. “We are going to proceed to remain in it, realizing nothing about it. However we’re studying. It was by no means about making large income. We now have added a brand new 7.1 encompass sound and projection system (an eight channel encompass audio system). “
Glen mentioned that earlier than his father purchased the theater, there was speak of turning the theater right into a library or flats.
“My dad mentioned ‘no’, the marquee is vital to Most important Road. Let’s make a theater “ Glen mentioned.
“I’ve been within the theater for 25 years and I’ve seen many modifications. You do not actually earn a living working a theater. “ Brent mentioned. “We hope to earn cash to return to the flicks. Every part we do with him will come again. “
The theater contains the rental of the Blue Room with 4 luxurious seats in a personal setting for $ 30, together with the room and 4 tickets. Reservations should be made and viewers should be 18 years or older.
Tickets are $ 5. Popcorn is $ 2, $ three, or $ four. Soda is $ 2 and $ three. All sweet is $ 2.
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The theater opens with “Marvel Girl 1984” a 2020 American superhero film primarily based on the DC comedian guide character Marvel Girl. Hours are at 7 pm on Friday, January 15, at eight pm on Saturday, January 16, and at 7 pm on Sunday, January 17.