May 18, 1998
Andrew Walgamott/staff photo
Sales of 12-cent popcorn were popping at last week's bargain movies.
by Andrew Walgamott
WOODINVILLE--A twelve-cent movie promotion at the new Cineplex Odeon theaters in Woodinville last week was an "outrageous and unprecedented" success. According to Freeman Fisher, Cineplex vice president of public relations, more than 15,000 tickets were sold for the two-day event. "We've never had an attendance like that for the promotional opening of a theater," Fisher said. Movie goers also got twelve-cent popcorn and soft drinks.
The bargain raised $7,250 in proceeds that will benefit Teen Northshore, a non-profit group that focuses on teen-related issues in Woodinville, Bothell and Kenmore. "It's gratifying to know that major corporations are willing to make investments in community social programs when they come to town," said Carol Edwards, Teen Northshore co-founder. Money will go for Teen Work which matches teens with jobs as well as other programs.
Twelve-cent movies brought the curious and those who wanted something to do on a misty afternoon. The line for tickets at noon last Wednesday wrapped around the side of the theater which is in Woodinville's new downtown development. "I couldn't mow the lawn today so I thought it would be better to go to a show," said one man. John Bates and his son Nick and daughter Cailin were in line for tickets to the animated children's film Anastasia. He said it was an opportunity to "check out the new theater and see a movie at a great price."Others, like Scott Nutter, were there to buy tickets to later shows. Nutter, a city employee, used his lunchbreak to buy tickets for himself and his wife for an evening showing of The Wedding Singer.
Though it was a regular school day it appeared that many students slid out of class a little early to catch shows as well. "Early dismissal," claimed one Woodinville High School ASB officer who will remain nameless. Emilie Koeplin, a Woodinville senior and her boyfriend Steve Sanford, an Inglemoor senior, got out of their classes before noon and decided to take in a movie. They like having a theater closer to home. "It was nice to get here in seven minutes," Koeplin said. "You don't have to drive a million miles," Sanford noted.
But some people, such as Lisa Allen, bypassed the box office for low-priced goodies which she brought back to her office. Fisher said 6,939 tickets were sold Wednesday and 8,198 Thursday. "Everything sold out. It didn't matter. They just wanted to see the theaters," he said. "It was a good deal for people. They had to deal with construction. They've been waiting a long time for this," he said. The theater opened its first-run movies Friday at regular prices. Fisher said this Tuesday, the Woodinville theaters will host a special advance preview of Godzilla.