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The Barnstorm Theater in The Villages, Florida opened to the public on Friday, October 12, 2012. The new theater is located in the new Paddock Square area of the retirement community of more than 51,000 people.
The Villages Daily Sun published an article shortly after the opening, which gauged reactions to the new theater and surrounding area:
When the highly anticipated Brownwood opened Friday morning, Villagers roamed the new downtown area snapping photos of Paddock Square, peering into the windows of future restaurants and awaiting the opening of the appropriately named Barnstorm Theater.
From the outside, the barn-inspired theater looks like a throwback to Florida’s cattle town days, complete with a weather vane topping it. Standing to the side of the theater is a weathered-looking grain silo with a wrap-around marquee, advertising the movies showing.
As the box office opened at 9:30 a.m., residents formed a line that stretched almost to the street. Leading the line were Village of Duval residents Paddy and Al Brancaleone.
“We’ve been looking forward to this every day watching to see when it would open,” Paddy said, adding that the two often drove by the square to check on its progress.
As moviegoers like the Brancaleones entered the theater, they were awestruck by the attention to detail.
Vintage farm equipment, antique appliances, historical advertising pieces and even primitive bottles of spices adorned shelves and lofts in the theater. From the ceiling hung a three-tiered wagon wheel chandelier lit by hanging camp lanterns.
“I just love it — all the different things that are up on the walls and sitting around,” said Diane Campbell, a visitor from Iowa. “We’re from Iowa so it just sort of makes you feel like you’re back home again.”
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The Barnstorm Theater is the third movie theater in The Villages, joining the Rialto 8 and Old Mill Playhouse. The three theaters do have some overlap in their movie lineups, but given the distance between the theaters and the clientele involved, there's probably not much competition between them.
Photo ©2012 The Villages, Florida, Inc All rights reserved
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