New theater debuts in Suites on Main for students, community

Clarion University President Karen Whitney gives her Thursday address in the new theater space in the Suites on Main.
Clarion University President Karen Whitney gives her Thursday address in the new theater space in the Suites on Main.

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Clarion, Pa.- The new Suites on Main are drawing more attention than just being the new, nice place to live on campus. Along with a Denny’s Den being added to the still incomplete South Suite, a movie theater has been opened in the fully functioning North Suite building.

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The university theater is not like a traditional theater. It is what is known as a “second-run theater.” This means that it does not get newly released movies like large theaters such as Carmike or Cinemark. They do, however, get the movies before it is released to the public.

The first movie showing in the new theater was “Inside Out,” a new CGI-animated film from Disney and Pixar. The turnout for the new theater has been good so far with 50 to 100 people coming per showing. The highest attended movie so far was the Friday evening showing of “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

The theater is free to Clarion students with a valid ID, $2 a ticket for children 12 and under and $4 for adults. Shelly Wilson of the Clarion Students’ Association is excited about the community aspect of the new theater.

“We would like to see the community and the students interact by going to the movies together,” Wilson said.

One such thing to bring the community together is the yearly Seifert-Mooney Series. While the movies are usually played in Hart Chapel, they have been moved to the new theater. This year’s theme is politics, and the first part of the series is the movie Selma.

“The theater is really meant to bring together Clarion and the students,” said graduate student Tyler Kitzmiller about the new theater.

Community members and supporters of the new facilities fill in the brand new theater seats.
Community members and supporters of the new facilities fill in the brand new theater seats.

The Clarion Students’ Association has been highly involved in the movie theater project since its conception. They currently run the concession stand for the theater, which offers traditional movie snacks such as popcorn, drinks and candy.

The theater itself gives employment opportunities to students. Two students are the managers of the theater, and five student workers work along with them. The student managers do all the scheduling, hiring and setting up for the movies. It is not only an employment opportunity but a fantastic way to gain experience in operating a business.

The movie theater operates regularly showing movies in the evenings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They also have a matinee showing on Sundays. To find out show times, you can go online to the events calendar at clarion.edu, look at the marquee outside the building or call 814-393-2459.

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