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New theater brings movie experience back to Fergus

Published 11:52am Monday, June 20, 2011

Things were already in full swing at WestRidge Theatre when I arrived on Friday, as the new staff hustled and bustled to sell tickets and fill concession orders. Everything seemed to be running smoothly as my wife, Kim, and I walked into the box office area at 6:45 p.m., about a half hour before the night’s first showing of “Green Lantern” in 3D.

The new theater didn’t seem that strange to me, but that’s probably because I’ve been there a few times as it was built. When I think back to what it used to look like before CEC Theatres decided to do a complete remodel, the place looks almost 100 percent different.

Everything in the lobby is clean, well lit, and just nice. The staff was very polite and attentive to people’s needs. CEC’s decision to essentially rip out every part of the old theater was a good one. I felt like I was in an upscale movie theater in Fargo, only smaller (and a little less expensive, too).

That feeling only became more pronounced when Kim and I grabbed our 3D glasses and walked into the Green Lantern showing. There were already a lot of people there, buzzing as they waited for their first movie in the new theater.

I understood the excitement. Gone were the old theater’s dank, short, uncomfortable seats, and here were reclining, high back, stadium seats with plenty of leg room. The seating was just as good or better than any other big market theater I’ve ever been to. Right before the movie started, CEC’s operations manager Greg Carter came in to ask the crowd how they liked the theater. He was greeted with a loud chorus of cheers and clapping. One little girl shouted, “It’s way better than the old theater!”

Then the movie started. Watching it in 3D was fun and a brand new experience for Kim and me, although movie buffs might want to know that the film was a 3D conversion (rather than being filmed in 3D). I would be interested in going to see another movie there that was originally filmed to be shown in the medium.

I liked the movie itself quite a bit, although I’m probably a bit biased because I read Green Lantern comics. It was a fun special-effects romp, and star Ryan Reynolds does a good job of keeping the film grounded as aliens and big-brained supervillains fly around and take shots at each other.

In short, it was a great way to spend an evening. If you didn’t make it out this weekend, I’d encourage you to stop by in the upcoming week or maybe this weekend. Whether you’re looking for something for the kids, an R-rated comedy or something in between, there’s a flick for everyone to enjoy.

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