On Thursday, Nov. 4, the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Goodrich Quality Theaters (GQT) Huntington 7 Movie Theater, 350 Hauenstein Road, Huntington, for a “Chamber After Hours” event and ribbon cutting ceremony, in honor of the new management for the theater.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing for GQT Movies Jim Peliotes, along with Huntington 7 General Manager Mary McCormack, were present to greet the guests that were in attendance for the ribbon cutting and explain the changes that were being implemented at the theater.
“Obviously, the movies are nothing but fun,” Peliotes said. “And we’re excited to get back into the community. Under new ownership, we have a new plan.”
The main focus of GQT’s “new plan” involves saving money for the patrons of the theater – by offering lower ticket prices, lower concession prices and having special ticket deals during certain parts of the week. Peliotes explained that a specific example of this “extra value” for customers is that Monday and Tuesday ticket prices are discounted.
“We want to get entrenched back into the community,” Peliotes said. “We feel that it is very important – this has been around the area for such a long time and we want to be a part of this community.”
The theater will also offer deals for customers wanting to host special or private events, and also offers packages for group pricing. Another major push that GQT is making is for people to sign up for the rewards program. Peliotes said that rewards members will receive “exclusive deals” and that more information will be coming out for that particular program.
McCormack started at the theater in August, after speaking with her son about making a career change.
“I knew I was ready for a change,” McCormack said. “My son was meeting with the owners for an event… and they said, ‘If you know anybody… we need a general manager.’ And he told them that (I) would be a good fit. I talked to them and they said they wanted (me) on board.”
McCormack said that she finds the position “rewarding” and that she “is very blessed” to have the position she does.
“I’m just glad that everybody is finally coming back,” McCormack said.
Although McCormack said that even though there are services competing with the theater business, there is “nothing quite like” the experience of going to the movies.
“You know, this is it… the big screen, you can’t get this detail and this sound at home on your TV,” she said. “You’re sitting there playing on your phone, your kids are screaming, somebody’s knocking at your door... you come to the movies, you make sure, this is me time.”
Updates regarding what the Huntington 7 theater is showing, as well as special deals and prices, are posted regularly on the GQT Huntington 7 Facebook page.
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