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Classic waltzes in to a theater near you

Touchstar Cinemas will presents Gone With the Wind.

By BETH N. GRAY
Published March 30, 2007


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SPRING HILL - Do people want to see classic movies on the big screen once more?

Touchstar Cinemas is willing to find out.

The discount theater complex at 2955 Commercial Way, behind Pizza Hut and the Small Business Outlet Mall, will present Gone With the Wind at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in a theater that seats 268.

The classic, re-released in 1998, will test the waters for interest in oldies.

Whether it will lead to more classics being scheduled, assistant manager Tim Bloxsom said, depends on how well it attracts an audience.

"If it sells out both shows, if we make our money back, the owners will be able to get more," he said.

Admission for either viewing is $5.

He added: "We always have requests: they wish we had older films and foreign films. The owner will give you what you want if it pays off."

The theater recently showed a Spanish language film. Even though its star was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress, "It didn't pan out," Bloxsom said.

When it came to choosing a classic to screen, Bloxsom said:

"We just picked Gone With the Wind because it was so popular. We just pick what we think will appeal to the audience."

For the 27-year-old Bloxsom, Gone With the Wind was one of the first classics he had ever seen. He liked it so much he took his mother to see it in a classic theater house in Tampa.

The movie, starring Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable, runs nearly four hours and will include an intermission, he noted.

Striving to attract an audience that might have seen the original film and wants to recall it, Bloxsom said, "We went to older communities and put up fliers for an older crowd. It's really a shoestring budget for advertising. But $5 admission is shoestring as well.

"We think people are going to show up," Bloxsom said.

Presale tickets are available. Call 686-5661.

Bloxom's other favorites for possible reviewing include Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Raiders of the Lost Ark. He is eager to hear what other viewers want.

Beth Gray can be contacted at graybethn@earthlink.net.

[Last modified March 29, 2007, 23:52:06]


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