The line was out the door of Mary Max Cinemas Logansport 5 Thursday evening. The inside lobby was bustling as the crowd stood in line to get popcorn and soft drinks before sitting down to catch a free movie.
With a grand opening and three days of free movies, the real grand opening of the Mary Max Cinemas Logansport 5 is happening today, according to Richard Dieffenbach, general manager of the theater.
The theater, which seats a little more than 600 people, has been packed the past three days, he added.
Luis Gonzalez went to watch a movie Thursday with Mallory Baldini. Gonzalez said he wanted to check out the new business.
Abby Fife, who also attended the movie theater Thursday, brought her daughter, Ava, and husband Bryon.
"The little one is dying to see Monster's University," Fife said. "We wanted to come see the new business in town and support it. We hope to become regulars."
Dieffenbach is asking for patience as some issues are ironed out at the theater. “We’re hoping it’s going to be a minor-glitch opening weekend," he said
The theater, located at 3910 Lexington Road, Logansport, will be showing “Bad Grandpa” (R), “Carrie” (R), “Gravity” (PG-13), “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (PG) and “Instructions Not Included” (PG-13).
During the free movies, “Monsters University” and "Hotel Transylvania" were packed, and barely allowed more people to fit into the theater.
Some aspects of construction are still being completed behind the scenes at the movie theater. Dieffenbach said they are still ironing out hiccups and probably will be for several weeks.
“It will take us time to work out the kinks,” Dieffenbach said.
He said he has heard a lot of good comments as well as complaints from people.
“People have come up and thanked us for our investment in the community,” Dieffenbach said. “I think the quality people see here is hands down similar to other theaters in larger cities.”
In the coming weeks people can expect to see bigger blockbusters coming with the holidays. “Ender’s Game” will premier on Halloween. There will also be movie marathons for the upcoming “Thor: The Dark World” and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
“We have a lot of events and big movies starting to come out,” Dieffenbach said. “We’re racing to catch up to ourselves.”
For more information about the theater, visit marymaxcinemas.com, check the movie poster cases outside the movie theater or visit the theater's Facebook page.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or email@example.com. Follow her: @PharosAES.
Facebook readers weigh in Upon entering the theater, the heat was up way too high, they turned it off then the A/C kicked on, theater was then freezing cold. I understand if they are still trying to work out some bugs. They should also have another entrance/exit to the parking lot. Next time, I will park at Walmart and walk across just to avoid the jumble of cars coming and going. -- Destiny McFalls Very nice place, the staff are very nice and very helpful. -- Selena D. Would rather pay for a movie than patronize this theater. -- James R. Delp I'm excited to know that we can go to a movie in the town we live in again. I know that there are some tweaks that he is working on and everyone just needs to have a little understanding. but I honestly think this is an awesome thing for our community... -- Margo Sears