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August 21, 2012

Aug. 31 still target date for Lakeside 6

Woodward, Okla. — Movie goers get ready, because Mitchell Theatres Lakeside 6 could be opening as early as next week.

 "We are still shooting for August 31st to open, but we still have a lot to do before then," said Brian Mitchell, owner of the Elkhart, Kan. based Mitchell Theatres.

"If the opening day changes we will post it on our Facebook page," Mitchell said.

Randy Crosley, of Crosley's Construction Company, said they have about 50 people working every day to get the theater open by next week.

"It doesn't look like we will be ready right now, but we will," Crosley said.

Workers were busy putting up curtains, installing carpet, placing countertops on the concession stand, working on the digital projectors and putting final touches on the bathrooms on Tuesday as The News took a tour of the new facilities.

However, the new screening rooms still feel a bit empty as the seating has yet to be installed.

But Mitchell said the new seats were just received on Monday and should be in place soon.

"My seat installer is on his way from Tennessee and the seats will start going in on Wednesday," Crosley said.

Once completed, the new 6-screen cineplex will boast close to 800 stadium-style, rocker seats, Mitchell said.

In addition to the finishing touches on construction, Mitchell said other details are still being worked out to get ready for opening night, including what the first movie line-up will be.

"We are not sure what movies we will be showing opening night yet, but we have had a lot of requests for the summer blockbusters," he said. "So through September we will show some of the new releases and fill in with some of the summer blockbusters and after that we will be just showing new movies."  

Also 4 of the 6 screens will be 3-D capable and since there are no 3-D movies out right now they have talked about bringing in an older 3-D movie to start with, Mitchell said.

Mitchell said construction on the new 6-screen cineplex was delayed after the April 15 tornado came through destroying the old Lakeside 1 theater and doing damage to the back theaters.

"We thought that the tornado had not done much damage to the back theater, but once we got in there we found more work that needed to be done," Mitchell said.

With this additional work, he said the new theaters ended up costing "close to $4 million."

The theater will be open every day, with evening show times Monday through Thursday, 2 showings on Friday, 4 show times on Saturday and 3 shows on Sunday, Mitchell said.

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