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Morning Sun
  • Friday Flix season opens

  • Movie lovers of all ages took advantage of a mild May evening to turn out for the first of five Friday Flix at The Colonial Fox Theatre this summer.

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  • Movie lovers of all ages took advantage of a mild May evening to turn out for the first of five Friday Flix at The Colonial Fox Theatre this summer.

    “Cars” was obviously a fan favorite for many of the young gathered, and many parents were excited for the family event.

    “I know all about it,” said seven-year-old Danielle Catron of the movie. “I saw it last year.”

    She said her favorite part is watching Lightening learn to help others.

    “When he helps others in the race, because I’m a Girl Scout and I help others,” Catron said. “I’ve seen it 31 times, so it would make it the 32nd time.”

    Eight-year-old Conner Cole was excited for the event ahead as he stood in line at the concession stand.

    His mom, Christy Cole, said it is his favorite movie, and his preferred option for falling asleep.

    Randy and Sarah Stinebaugh brought their three-year-old daughter, Haley to the movie after a family evening out.

    “I wanted to get out of the house,” Sarah Stinebaugh said, adding that it had been an enjoyable evening out.

    This has been the goal the past five years.

    “It’s been five years of doing movies outside,” said Sarah Jensen, who does marketing for The Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation. “We started with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

    Vonnie Corsini, Executive Director of The Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation, said the tradition began in 2008 with an Art on Broadway festival that ended with a movie, which happened to be “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

    The event ended up being rained out and moved to an armory, but still started a trend.

    “That was so much fun,” Corsini said, adding that they tried again with “The Polar Express” around Christmas time.

    “It was magical,” she said.

    This got the trend rolling, and led to this year’s lineup of five movies, with one showing each third Friday throughout the warm months.

    Page 2 of 2 - “Cars” began the year yesterday, and will be followed by “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on June 21, “The Music Man” July 19, “Sleepless in Seattle” Aug. 16 and conclude with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Sept. 20.

    Corsini said she had some concerns about doing Friday Flix without the presence of the traditional marquee, which was removed from the front of the building earlier this year as part of the restoration process.

    She said the events have been advertised on the marquee in the past, but hoped that publicity and word of mouth would bring people out for the events.

    A nice-sized crowd had gathered by the time the sun set and movie began, officially kicking off another summer movie season at The Colonial Fox.

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