KINGMAN - Brenden Theatres Kingman Cinemas, Kingman's one and only movie theater at 4055 Stockton Hill Road, will reopen this Friday, almost exactly one year to the day after its former incarnation, "The Movies" was vacated by Cinemark.
But theater manager Tom Daugherty has a surprise for those moviegoers who just can't wait three more days. On Wednesday and Thursday night, the theater will be opening early to show some of the biggest hits of 2008 Kingman missed, with all box office proceeds going to local charities.
Wednesday's beneficiary is the Boys and Girls Club. Thursday funds will go to Code 3: Clothe The Kids.
Each night, the theater will present two screenings of "The Dark Knight" at 5:45 and 8:50, "Wall-E" at 6 and 8:15, "3:10 to Yuma" at 6:20 and 9 and "The Bucket List" at 6:30 and 8:40.
Adult tickets are $5 for all shows, and $4.50 for children and seniors, although once the theater "officially" opens, adult prices will be reset to $5.50 for shows before 5:30 p.m. and $7.50 after.
"I tried to pick movies I thought they may have missed (over the) last year, some of the big movies from last year," Daugherty said. "And we're trying to cover everybody there."
Daugherty noted that in addition to giving viewers a taste of the experiences to come, as well as helping local charities, the early opening would also give his staff, many of whom have never worked in a theater before, a much-needed test run prior to the theater's grand opening.
"It's definitely a night that gives us practice, making sure all our equipment's working too," he said.
When the theater officially opens Friday, its four screens will be showing the sci-fi thriller, "The Day the Earth Stood Still;" the vampire romance, "Twilight;" Disney's latest animated offering, "Bolt;" and the premiere of Jim Carrey's latest comedy, "Yes Man."
For a full listing of show times, call (928) 692-7469, or 692-SHOW.