Back To The Movies At Village Theater ...

As you stroll down Orange Avenue on a Friday night you realize that something has been missing from our landscape for way too long. Welcome back, Coronado Village Theater! Village Theater, 820 Orange Avenue, 619-437-6161 for show times

As you stroll down Orange Avenue on a Friday night you realize that something has been missing from our landscape for way too long. Welcome back, Coronado Village Theater!

Walking up to the theater brought back distant memories of summers gone by with lines at the box office window, and patrons bikes parked next to the theater enjoying a night at the movies. The staff is now standing out front in freshly pressed white shirts and ties saying hello with a giant smile and welcoming everyone back. As you enter, you feel as though you have truly stepped back in time and been awarded entry to an escape room you have missed more than you realized.

The smell of popcorn immediately engulfs your senses and you are once again waiting in line with your neighbors choosing your size of popcorn, traditional candies, and a soda to wash it all down. Awaiting a salt and sugar fix, you find yourself having discussions on whether it even matters what movie you are seeing. It is clear from the smiles on nearby faces that this is where we have longed to be for quite some time.

“We are so happy to be open and showing movies again”, said Oscar Dominguez, theater Manager.

When asked if the theater was closed an extended amount of time solely due to COVID, the answer comes in two parts. “The pandemic obviously kept us closed longer than we wanted, but we also planned to do some remodeling,” said Dominguez. “Unfortunately, our new seats are still not here and have been stalled by the shipping issues everyone is experiencing”.

Walking into the actual theater where the movie is showing seemed almost new. The place looked larger somehow, the popcorn smell was exhilarating, and the wall paintings showcasing Coronado had everyone talking like they had never seen them before. The theater was about half full and most people were not wearing masks; there is not a mask requirement. As people waited for the movie to begin, there was an obvious excitement for what was about to happen. The anticipation of being able to actually watch a movie in a theater was the sole topic of conversation as you eavesdropped on your seatmates. When the curtain finally opened, the audience applauded.

The movie begins and the rustling of paper popcorn bags and cellophane candy wrappers fills the theater, some of the most wonderful sounds we could hear after a year absent of normal. Finally we can escape through the movies we love in the theater we have truly missed.

Village Theater, 820 Orange Avenue, 619-437-6161 for show times

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