The transition from the older crowd at the VIP showing ribbon cutting on Wednesday was immediately apparent. In the anteroom between the mall and theater lobby, Jonathan Turner, 18, of Cleveland stood in front of a small camera mounted on a tripod as he conducted an interview for his blog on YouTube where he posts movie reviews under the pseudonym “Agrith Firsoul.”
“I’m a blogger on YouTube. I do a lot of movies and stuff. I try to, anyway. This is going to help me a lot,” he said. “‘The Hobbit’ is going to be my first really big one everyone is going to know about.”
Since Turner does not have a car, he mainly does lesser-known movies that don’t get advertised — “some of the stuff you don’t generally see on a normal TV channel.”
Turner said he plans to enter college after completing his GED requirements next week. He plans to work in the video game industry as a graphics designer.
“I want to make games because gaming is really my passion,” he said. “I just really want to make the games and help with the creation of these others worlds people get to go in. The graphics are getting better and better and pretty soon, they’ll have the helmets we put on. I’m wanting to be a part of that new industry coming about.”
Cody Bentley, 19, of Cleveland, said his mother worked at the Carmike Cinema on Stuart Road where CVS is now located.
“I loved going to the movies there and I’m really glad they brought one here,” he said. “It’s a great thing for us to have. With the Coke Freestyle (soft drink dispenser), they really went all out. I didn’t think it was going to be this nice.”
Jeremy Wade and Carrie Cleveland last went to see “Just Go With It” about a year ago. The boyfriend and girlfriend were there at midnight because of his brother, Matthew.
Matthew said “The Lord of the Rings” was “awesome. I saw the trailers for it (“The Hobbit”) and they were feaking amazing.”
The last movie Matthew previously saw was “Batman Rises.”
Jeremy said he liked “The Lord of the Rings” and felt that “The Hobbit” would be as good — plus, they also like the idea of it being the first showing in a new theater.
“I think it’s unique,” he said of the new theater. “It needs some games. You don’t have anything to do prior to the movie, but I think it’s pretty cool so far, and it’s really close for us since we live in Hopewell.”
Carmike Cinemas returned to Cleveland after closing its Stuart Road location on Dec. 11, 2003. The four-screen theater opened Dec. 7, 1984.
Carmike closed The Village Theater in September 2003 after a 34-year run. The last film was "Pirates of the Caribbean." The most popular film to ever play at The Village was reported to be "Walking Tall," the 1973 action film based on the life of Sheriff Buford Pusser.
The Village originally opened as a single-screen theater. It added another screen in 1980.