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The Clay Theatre in Green Cove Springs, Florida closed in 2009, but is set to re-open later this month, according to an article in the Florida Times-Union:
John Watzke was about 80 miles from where he lives but felt right at home inside the historic Clay Theatre on Saturday.
“This is like home. We were literally raised in the theater, mostly in the drive-ins but we were in literally every theater in the city of New Orleans at one time or another.
“We love the old theaters,” said Watzke of the reasons he and his brother, Charlie, are bringing the theater back to life after four idle years.
Watzke said they expect to reopen the theater by the end of the month.
First-run movies will dominate the marquee. They’re going to book their own movies, and plan to show mostly show G, PG and PG-13 movies.
The concession stand will be stocked with a full range of treats, including Watzke’s beloved root beer.
There will be traditional movie fare of popcorn, candy, nachos and hot dogs, but they are also looking at the possibility of adding pizza or White Castle sliders.
Shortly after they open, Watzke said they will apply for a license to serve beer and wine.
“We’ll be doing matinees and we’ll be open seven days a week and school holidays. We’ll show a minimum of two movies on weekends.
“At least two matinees plus two or three evening movies, so we’re looking at five movies a day on weekends,” he said, adding the prices will be the lowest around so it will be affordable for families.
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