By Dave Russell
After about 15 months of dark and silence, the silver screen lit up in Sylva when Quin Theaters opened last Thursday with a showing of “Black Widow.” The theater had been shuttered, save for making some popcorn on the Fourth of July, since it showed “Invisible Man” and “I Still Believe” in March, 2020.
“Those were the posters hanging up when we came back into the building after we shut down because of COVID-19,” Quin owner Chris Maney said.
The “Black Widow” showing was something of a soft opening, he said.
“We didn’t advertise until the night before,” he said last Thursday. “We’re trying to kind of get our feet underneath us.”
The Quin added the classic “Space Jam,” starring basketball legend Michael Jordan, and “Fast Nine” on Friday.
The concession stand is selling buckets of hot buttered popcorn, big boxes of candy and other treats, he said.
“We’re not sure if we’re going to do a full schedule like seven days a week,” he said. “For the next couple of weeks we’re talking about maybe being open like Tuesday night, then Friday, Saturday, Sunday. We’re not sure what kind of response we’re going to get.”
He expects Sylva is ready to get out of the house and escape into some movies.
“We think we’re going to be pretty busy,” he said. “I’ve got me, my brother and one employee.”
The labor issue is not affecting Maney at this point.
“I’ve got tons of high school kids who want jobs. I just have to get them in there and get them trained,” he said.
Coming soon, Maney has booked “Old” and “Jungle Cruise.” He recommends seeing the website, quintheater.com, to keep up with what is happening on the big screen.
Maney is ready to welcome people back into the theater at 10 E. Sylva Shopping Center.
“You get used to seeing your customers and you talk to them and you build a relationship with them and we miss them,” he said.