Going to the movies a Christmas tradition

By: Jim Johnston Email
By: Jim Johnston Email

While some businesses struggle with the dry weather during the holidays, others don't mind it. And one particular kind of business prepares for plenty of customers on the holiday.

Movie theaters opened their doors Tuesday for people looking to enjoy a film this Christmas.

A constant stream of people moved through the AMC Showplace in South Bend, looking to check out the newest movies in theaters.

Movies have been released on Christmas day for over 50 years. Movie theater managers said that Christmas is one of their biggest days of the year.

Currently, the single day box-office record for a Christmas day release is held by the movie Sherlock Holmes, which was released in 2009, grossing over $24 million that day.

But for many, it’s not so much about the movie as it is the tradition and the chance to spend time with those close to them.

"Being with family, we made plans together,” said Robert Winet. “And we decided to come to the movies. It’s like a tradition we do every year. We come to Showplace.”

“It’s been a tradition in our family for a couple years now, to come out to the movies and hang out with family,” said Rick Lee. “Out of town guest come in and take them to the movie theaters and show off the beautiful movie theaters we have here in South Bend.”

“We get away from all of the Christmas shopping that already been done, squeezing in and out of every place and being on all of the time constraints,” said Mike Hardin. “You can just take your time, come in, sit down and enjoy a movie together.”

“I had been to church already and had visited with some friends,” said Joe Mauck. “Went down to the homeless shelter, helped out there and did what I could. And then I thought well time to go see a good movie.”

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