Driving by the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center on West Pike Street in Clarksburg, passersby will always notice the marquis promoting the most current movie or scheduled entertainment, and it is becoming quite typical to see “SOLD OUT” in neon lights as well.
By LEIGH C. MERRIFIELD
News & Journal Editor
While people in the area seemed to relish The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center bringing entertainment opportunities to the local area, many were at first a little skeptical of the lineup including numerous movie screenings. However, the support for the movies has been phenomenal!
According to RGPAC Sales & Marketing Manager Emily Moore, nearly every movie shown there in the past couple of months has been a sellout!
“Patrons really flocked to our showings of The Polar Express, White Christmas, and Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone in recent months, and many patrons expressed their regret at not being able to get tickets!” Moore reported. “General admission seating filled the theater to capacity with patrons lining up as early as two hours prior to the start of the movies … even in adverse weather. As the doors opened, more lines formed inside for concessions too, and it was often hard to handle such a large wave all at once.”
Although having sellout crowds is a good problem to have, it has also forced RGPAC execs to take a look at perhaps a better way to handle it. So, a change is in the offing.
“We are excited to announce reserved seating for all of our newly added movies. This change will help make patron seating much easier and allow each guest to select their seat ahead of time,” stated Ryan Tolley, Executive Director. “Reserved seating will eliminate the need for such early arrivals and long wait lines prior to the doors opening.”
This change, however, will result in a slight ticket price hike, but it will be very minimal – increasing only from $6.50 to $7.00 per ticket.