April 18, 2014

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More people needed if the show is to go on at Medina theater

MEDINA — Two weekends ago, about 120 people paid $3 each to see “Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” at Medina’s restored historic movie house. That’s good.

Last weekend only 20 people showed up for the four showings. That’s not so good.

Dan Andrews, executive director of Medina Community Theater, is pictured inside the movie theater Jan. 16. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Dan Andrews, executive director of the nonprofit Medina Community Theater, said the 196-seat theater needs to average at least 50 paying customers over the combined Friday and Saturday showings to remain open.

“We’re going to need at least that per weekend to be sustainable,” he said.

Andrews said the theater — formerly the Rock Theater and before that the Rose at 139 W. Liberty St. — had been averaging only about 10 patrons a weekend per showing since it began showing full-length feature films on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Andrews credited a story in The Gazette, published Jan. 18, with helping draw the bigger crowd two weeks ago.

That weekend’s ticket proceeds are being used by volunteers from Bethel Baptist Church of Medina to paint a portion of the inside of the building, Andrews said.

“We’re going to give it a nice, fresh look with earth tones,” Andrews said.

One reason for last weekend’s drop-off in attendance might be that the same Narnia feature was shown.

“It was slim pickings for us this weekend,” he added.

That won’t be an issue next weekend. The draw will be “Prometheus,” a big-budget R-rated sci-fi adventure directed by Ridley Scott that headlined the multiplexes about six months ago.

Showtime on Friday and Saturday is 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets remain $3 per person.

Sunday’s free faith-based feature, “Forgiven,” starts at 5 p.m.

For more information about upcoming movies at the Medina Community Theater, visit www.medinacommunitytheater.com/movie-schedule.

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.

  • kim

    The price is right. Just need to get the word out.

  • Jim Y.

    Let’s not throw in the towel so quickly if we can avoid it. I agree with the previous post by Kim. “We need getting the word out”. I had just found out about the reopening this morning myself. Pass the word folks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dan.andrews.jr Dan Andrews

    We’re not throwing in the towel, there are multiple plans for the use of the building. However, the fact remains, in order to show movies in the rear theater, we need 50 people or more per weekend to pay for the bills and public viewing license for the movie else we lose money. While we can weather a slow start, it not sustainable in the long term. We appreciate those who come out and mentioning the fact that we’re open to your friends goes a LONG way.