Hometown theater makes movie magic

[caption id="attachment_17765" align="alignleft" width="150"]Plaza 8's general manager Joshua Hall takes a load off as he takes in the lobby. Plaza 8's general manager Joshua Hall takes a load off as he takes in the lobby.[/caption]   When it comes to a night out at the movies, Saint Joseph citizens have very few places to go. They can go to Hollywood 10 Theater where they'll get to see the newest film for a hefty price or they can go to Plaza 8 Theater, where they can finally see that movie they never got around to seeing when it was first released or relive some old school movie memories from their pasts on the weekends. Joshua Hall, who has been Plaza 8's general manager for the past two years, is ready for people to see this theatre for the gem that it really is and always has been. "In 5 years, I want to own the Plaza outright and hold a ceremony for that name as we remodel the bathrooms and put a nice set of color coordinated paints all over the place," Hall said. "And then when everyone drives past that spot on the middle of the Belt, they'll see 'The Theater' and they'll see teenagers hanging out. They'll see college age folk getting a night out they can afford, they'll see families sharing in a myriad of magical experiences together, they'll see adults and children alike. They'll see lights shining in the night, every single night." Luckily for Hall, there are people in Saint Joseph that share his dream. For Western alumni Jes Baltezor, Plaza 8 will always hold a special place in her heart. "Plaza 8 has always been nostalgic for me because it was the place that I saw some of my first films on the big screen," Baltezor said. "One of my first memories is going with my dad to see Beauty and the Beast, so every time I thought of my first relationship with cinema, the Plaza 8 was always the frame of reference." It is this love of cinema that Hall hopes to bring back to Plaza 8 with the direction he wants to take the theater in. He knows that it's an uphill battle, but he's not shying away from the elbow grease required to return Plaza 8 to its original glory. To get through college, Hall ran an arcade. Then he helped fix up a local dinner theatre. And it was in acts like these that Hall found what he was passionate about. After college, he spent a lot of time chasing after dreams that he thought he ought to have, based on his degree, instead of dreams that he actually had. "Douglas Adams wrote 'I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.' Why do I love my job? Very few people get a second chance at first loves, it's no more 'running an arcade' than it is 'running a theater,'" Hall said. "I'm a curator, a historian, a party host, the keeper of precious things and a scientist that understands the magic of moments when time stops. I deal in the intangibles and nothing's better than sending everyone home happy with something that lasts longer than physical things." The theater has become a sort of home for Hall, who has a plethora of ideas to freshen it up and make the movie-going experience at Plaza 8 more enjoyable. He wants to fix up the concession area in the back of the theatre, an area that hasn't been utilized since the 90s. He wants to put an all-you-can-play retro arcade into one of the pre-existing theaters and rip out the seats in another to install couches and a DVD projector so he can run sporting events and television shows there. On the weekends, Hall is already showing classics like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, E.T., and The Goonies. And the locals can't get enough of these decade-old favorites. "With the economy the way it is, it is nice to be able to go see a movie on the big screen and not have to pay a ridiculous amount," Baltezor said. "And when they show cult classics like Rocky Horror or Night of the Living Dead, there seems to be an unspoken sense of community that you normally don't see in movie theaters." For Plaza 8, the future is bright, and Hall will see to it that the hope of restoring and preserving the theater comes into fruition. He has made this theater his life work and it's a work he can be proud of. It's amazing what can happen with a little movie magic. "I'm excited for the future because the modern times have seen three business models always thrive, churches, bars and theaters," Hall said. "People want to gather, people want to share. These things won't change, even in the face of Netflix and online interaction. There will always be a market for spectacle because spectacle is one of the best parts of life."

41 thoughts on “Hometown theater makes movie magic

  1. I really love your blog.. Great colors & theme.

    Did you develop this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m
    attempting to create my own blog and would love to find
    out where you got this from or exactly what the theme is
    called. Thank you!

  2. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your articles?

    I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything.
    However just imagine if you added some great photos or videos
    to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and video clips, this blog could certainly be one of the greatest in its field.
    Excellent blog!

  3. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The words in your content seem to be running off the screen in Ie.
    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with
    web browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.
    The layout look great though! Hope you get the
    problem solved soon. Cheers

  4. What i don’t realize is if truth be told how you are no longer really a lot more neatly-preferred than you may be now. You are very intelligent. You know thus considerably in relation to this subject, made me personally believe it from so many varied angles. Its like women and men are not involved except it’s something to do with Girl gaga! Your individual stuffs great. At all times deal with it up!

  5. I’m more than happy to uncover this web site. I want to to thank you for ones time just for this wonderful read!!
    I definitely appreciated every little bit of it and I have you book
    marked to look at new information on your site.

  6. Great post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Bless you!

  7. Thank you for any other informative web site.
    Where else may I am getting that kind of info written in such an ideal way?
    I have a undertaking that I’m simply now working on, and I have been on the glance out for such
    information.

  8. I had been honored to obtain a call from my friend as soon as he found out
    the important tips shared on your site. Reading through
    your blog posting is a real great experience. Thanks again for taking into consideration readers just like me, and
    I hope for you the best of success being a professional in this field.

  9. I’ve been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never
    found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.
    Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as
    you did, the net will be much more useful than ever
    before.

  10. Hello! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you
    knew where I could get a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  11. I have been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any
    interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.
    In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did,
    the web will be much more useful than ever before.

  12. Do you have a spam problem on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I was curious about
    your situation; we have created some nice procedures and we are looking to
    exchange strategies with other folks, please shoot me an email if interested.

  13. Definitely consider that that you said. Your favourite reason appeared to
    be on the net the simplest thing to remember of. I say to you, I certainly get irked at the same time as
    folks consider issues that they just don’t recognize about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as outlined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal.
    Will probably be back to get more. Thank you

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *