Adirondack Theatre: Would you like popcorn with your free movie?

There is something so powerful about the word free. In my humble opinion it needs to be used with more frequency. I don’t think we should reserve it for special occasions or use it with the solemn shake of the head, “in times like these.” We should be hearing it all the time. The word plays like a musical in my head, “Free!” I can sing it, dance it and if someone is giving something away I can stand in line for it. (My husband manages to stand on line but I can’t cater to that.)

Well, for the second year in a row the Champlain Centre 8 Cinema in Plattsburgh is hosting its Family Film Festival and yes to add to the tongue twister it is free and fun. As much fun as walking through the movie turnstile without a ticket and choosing between two free films can be. My kids feel pretty powerful just waving to the attendant as they pass by and I have to say I do too.

These second-run films are a mid-morning fiesta with kids pondering over such tough decisions as should they see the free G rated movie or free PG rated movie. Parents, radiating some power over their pocketbooks, can either mosey on up to the snack bar to spend their movie savings or skip by relishing 1-½ hours of entertainment for absolutely nothing.

The movies are hosted on a first come, first served basis but we discover that seating is not a problem. There are no tickets issued and I am told that if seats do fill to capacity another theatre would open up to hold the overflow.

We discover that no matter how early a showing the smell of movie popcorn has a beckoning appeal. I stick with coffee and our kids, for once in their lives, are not interested. Since we are strict enforcers of the “no candy before noon” rule this time our kids have to be content with just the film. They seem to be so.

The weekly fare is as follows: 7/28-7/29: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (G) or Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG) 8/4-8/5: Space Chimps (G) or Firehouse Dog (PG); 8/11-8/12: Everyone’s Hero (G) or Robots (PG); 8/18-8/19: Horton Hears A Who (G) or Flicka (PG); 8/25-8/26: Rugrats: The Movie (G) or Nim’s Island (PG).

So for something free go to the movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. through August 26th at the Champlain Centre 8 Cinemas in Plattsburgh. For more information call 518-562-0102. See you at the movies!

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