Friday, December 21, 2012

The New Parkway Opens

So many theaters have closed in the past few years (Red Vic, Lumiere, the Bridge next week), that I cannot recall the last time a movie theater opened.  So it was with great interest that I followed the New Parkway's reopening closely. Skeptical at every step of the way, I'm amazed that it has actually occurred.

Sometime yesterday, the New Parkway updated their website.  Instead of documenting its efforts in reopening, the new website is designed for an operational movie theater.  Allegedly opened a week ago, I wonder how the first week went - showtimes and films were not listed on the website, blog, Facebook site or Twitter account.

Now the New Parkway is listing films and showtimes for December 22 to 27 (including being open on Christmas).  The three films listed are the ones they indicated (via email) would be playing for the week ending yesterday - Looper, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Pitch Perfect. What surprised me is admission price.   It will be $6 for most screenings (all screenings listed over the next week).  That's extremely inexpensive.  This is where I would typically opine that the New Parkway won't be able to stay in business charging those prices but I'm done nay-saying the New Parkway.

Their menu also looked impressive for a movie theater - pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, wine, sangria, Italian soda, smoothies, soups & salads.  The seating and theater interior looks interesting also.  You can see photos of the interior in this post.

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