Grab the popcorn
TORRINGTON – Family fun for all ages at Torrington’s very own local theater. Grab your popcorn, take your seat and let your fun begin at Torrington Cinemas.
Torrington Cinemas offers two new release movies every week, a free movie and a free kids’ movie.
The movies playing on Wednesday at 7 p.m. will be “I Can Only Imagine” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3.” “I Can Only Imagine” will be this week’s free movie.
On Thursday at 7 p.m., “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3” and “Expend4bles” will be playing.
On Friday at 1 p.m., the theater will have “Paw Patrol” as the free kids’ movie. Then later at 7 p.m. “Expend4bles” will play.
During the free kids’ movie, the kids will receive a free small drink and small popcorn. These refreshments have been sponsored by local businesses.
The free kids’ movie will be held on every Friday, according to the four-day school week. On the weeks that kids’ have Monday off instead of Friday, the movie will be held on Monday instead.
“We are going to be partnering with the local businesses, too,” Marie Flanagan, owner of Torrington Cinemas, told the Telegram. “I’m going to give a discount for whichever business in the community [that we select for the week].”
In the coming weeks, the theater will select a specific business in the community to recognize. Prior to attending a movie on Friday, customers can make purchases at the specific business and then bring in their receipt for a discount.
“This helps me promote other businesses without them having to put any money down,” Flanagan explained.
These partnerships will help both the selected business and the theater. The business being spotlighted will not be charged in any way for the extra attention.
“My motto is ‘You win, I win,’” Flanagan said. “That should be our focus throughout our community.”
“It was rumored at the city council that the businesses don’t get along and that is 100% false,” she continued. “We just don’t get along with economic development.”
There will also be dinner and a movie night, where they will partner with one of the local restaurants and do the same type of deal.
“My focus is for my deals every week to benefit someone,” Flanagan said.
Flanagan also explained that when they highlight the Torrington Office Supply, they plan to get a list from Wyo Help to see what they need. The public will get the list and have the opportunity to buy items off of that list to donate to Wyo Help. Afterward, they can bring in their donation to get a discount on their movie ticket.
The plan is to promote the business for two weeks before the movie night sponsoring that business. This will hopefully provide plenty of time for the public to participate if they want to.
Through the month of October, the free movies on Wednesdays are going to be “old Halloween monsters,” like the “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Dracula” and “Frankenstein,” in that order. They will also be doing something for Breast Cancer Awareness.
On Oct. 31, the theater is working with other local businesses to plan a “Harvest Fest” during “Trick or Treat on Main.” The plan is for the business to set up in the parking lot next to the theater, pending city council approval. This will give other businesses an opportunity to participate in providing fun activities for the community’s children.
Through the month of November, the free movie will be the Harry Potter movies, called “Harry Potter Wednesdays.” Then December will be the Grinch. Beginning Black Friday, they will be offering popcorn buckets for $50. After purchase, customers just have to bring back in the bucket for half-price popcorn.
“I’m very open with our numbers,” Flanagan said. She explained she tries to educate the public on what goes into running the theater.
Tickets are $9 per adult (over 12-years-old) and $7.50 for students (up to 12-years old), seniors and first responders.
“People blame me for my prices being so high, but in Cheyenne, it’s like $15 to $25 a ticket,” Flanagan explained. “The lowest I could possibly go was $9. We’re just trying to keep our doors open.”
As a result of the theaters smaller business structure, Flanagan said it’s not feasible to buy candy and popcorn at wholesale prices. They have to buy candy at Menards. To buy at the wholesale price, she would have to pay at a minimum of $1,500 for just one type of candy.
While the theater is not looking at closing, Flanagan did say they are having to support the business out of their own savings. At this time, it does not make enough money to support itself.
She hopes that by rallying the local businesses together, they can help support each other. Many businesses are disappearing in Goshen County, hopefully, by working together they can increase the amount who stay in the area.
For more information and the movies playing, go to torringtoncinemaswyo.com, follow “Torrington Cinemas” on Facebook or call 307-534-5581.