Last updated: October 26. 2013 12:59PM - 763 Views
Joe P. Asher Staff Writer

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The city of Benham has scheduled the first movie to be shown at the Betty Howard Coal Miner’s Memorial Theater since the theater was refurbished.

According to City Clerk Jessica Smith the first selection — to be shown on Oct. 30 — is the 1980 horror classic “Friday the 13th.”

Smith said there will be popcorn, candy and soda available for purchase.

“We’ve already scheduled two showings in December,” said Smith. “The first will be on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. and there will be another at 6 p.m. on Dec. 20.”

Smith said the Dec. 6 feature will be The Christmas Story, a popular Christmas themed movie about a young boy named Ralphie’s trials while he attempts to secure a Red Ryder B.B. gun as a Christmas present.

The Dec. 20 feature has yet to be chosen, but will likely be a newer Christmas-themed movie.

The theater has been in the process of being put into shape for just such events for quite some time.

“The city of Benham received a Bob Frazier Grant to be able to update the theater,” said Smith.

Smith said the city purchased a projector, a screen, a full entertainment system including a large number of movies that can be shown.

The theater has also been outfitted with surround sound for a full movie going experience.

Smith said the purpose behind the movies is to create some revenue for the city. The city is asking for a $2 donation at the door.

According to Smith, the theater seats approximately 150 to 200 people.

“It’s handicapped accessible, and we’re asking for the community’s support and we hope they come out and join us,” said Smith.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510, ext. 113, jasher@civitasmedia.com

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