Final touches being added, opening set

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 30, 2017

At last.

Movie aficionados have an opening date for the newly-renovated Clark Theatre in downtown Andalusia, and even a pretty good idea of the first movies they’ll see there.

“We are opening for business on Fri., April 14,” Mack Clark said.

And the theater, he said, is fabulous.

Downstairs, there are two theaters with about 50 seats each. And those seats? Electric recliners. The upstairs theater is slightly larger.

“Because two of the screens don’t have a lot of seats, we’re learning to do business in a whole different way,” Clark said.

There also are technology upgrades in the facility, with digital projectors and upgrades in sound. The projectors can be controlled from a computer screen in the lobby.

“It’s the latest and greatest of everything,” Clark said.

Including a new popcorn machine.

“It’s like a Cadillac model,” he said.

It’s been a busy time for Clark, whose owned and managed the Clark Cinemas in Enterprise and Clark Theatre in Andalusia for years. Even as the Andalusia theater was being renovated, a brand-new, 10-screen facility is under construction in Enterprise.

“We’ll open that one two or three weeks after Andalusia,” Clark said.

While scheduling for the weekend of the 14th is still slightly up in the air, he’s pretty sure “Fate of the Furious,” which opens on April 14, with early shows on the 13th, will be aired, possibly on two screens. The film starts Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron, and Helen Mirren. It is the eight in the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

“It’s still up in the air, but the other one will probably be “Smurfs: the Lost Village,” he said.

“Everything is up in the air,” he said.