Movie houses doing brisk business |

Movie houses doing brisk business

by Andy Bourelle

The Ironwood Stadium Cinema 8 in Minden was sold out for Wednesday’s 12:01 a.m. show, but the fanfare didn’t stop there.

A man showed up later that morning and purchased some tickets for “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”

He bought them for the 9:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. shows, said Lori Pulver, general manager of Ironwood. A 6:30 p.m. show – the only one he missed -had already been sold out.

A person who went to the 12:01 a.m. show was back again for the 9:15 a.m. feature.

However, just because the new “Star Wars” movie has a kind of “force” over some fans doesn’t mean other people can’t get in to see the movie – and soon.

There are still plenty of tickets available for this weekend – at least so far.

“We pre-sold for the first week. Nothing else is even close to selling out,” Pulver said. “They’re going to nail us on Friday, I’m sure. Or the word will get out, and then they’ll pre-buy their tickets.”

For the theater, it’s great.

“I would love to sell out shows every day,” she said. “That would be wonderful.”

The “Star Wars” prequel reportedly will be shown at Wallace Lakeside Theaters in Stateline at least five times a day for several weeks. The theater also was to have a sold-out 12:01 a.m. show Wednesday. However, Wallace officials could not be reached for comment on how business was opening day.

For showtimes:

Ironwood Stadium Cinema 8: (775) 782-SHOW

Wallace Lakeside Theaters: (530) 541- 2121

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