The local community will once again enjoy the pleasures of having a local movie theatre, beginning this Friday.
Spiderman II will hit the screen at 7 p.m., May 2, after Marlow Family Enterprises, LLC owners Rebecca and David Marlow of Old Washington reopen Miller’s Theatre of Navasota with a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. While exterior painting can be seen from the outside, interior improvements are also in the works.
The business has been closed since February 2013, and is reopening with the help of a Navasota Economic Development Corporation agreement that will bring it into the 21st century. The main upgrade is the transformation from 35mm film to digital.
“We’re going to be getting first-rate movies, starting with Spiderman II,” Mrs. Marlow said. “We know it’s a going to be a box office hit, and it’s a family movie.”
Community Development Director Sarah Korpita said an Economic Development Program Agreement between the Marlow’s and the Navasota Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) would be utilized for the acquisition of digital projection equipment. The program established a seven-year lease for video projection equipment, valued at $74,626.81. The NEDC is leasing the equipment to Marlow Family Enterprises for $444 per month for seven years, which is equal to about 50 percent of the cost. Afterwards, Marlow Family Enterprises would have the option to purchase the equipment for a dollar.
Besides improvements to the awning, the main visible change is the new, deep red, black and tan paint color, which Mrs. Marlow told The Examiner was chosen for its classic cinema look.
Moviegoers will also enjoy the new, Dolby Digital surround sound system that has been added, amongst other improvements, which will allow a more versatile use of the theatre. Apple TV has been installed, along with the ability to play Blu-ray DVDs.
So don’t be surprised if the theatre hosts video game tournaments in the near future.
And there is more to come. Marlow said the family plans to add stadium seating in the future to further improve the theatre experience.
“Navasota is a small town, but residents deserve to have a good, big city theatre experience,” Marlow said. “Eventually, we’d like to have birthday parties here and be able to show Christian movies that don’t get as wide of a distribution. And we’d eventually like to get Direct TV so we can show sporting events.”
Improvements to the stage are also in the works, so that the theatre may be utilized as an auditorium for possible business trainings and more.
The Marlow’s plan to make the theatre business a family affair that they can involve their four children in. Their 9-year-old son Alasdair, who watched his cartoons on the big screen on Monday, said he plans to help sell tickets.
“I’m very happy, and I think I’m going to help with the tickets,” he said.
The theatre will be showing movies on Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 3 p.m. Visit www.millerstheatre.com for more details or call 936-825-3600.