SPRINGFIELD -- There’s a lot of excitement at the Mars Theatre this month.
Not only is a a performance by Savannah jazz favorite Huxsie Scott slated, but movies are finally returning after a long hiatus.
"Avengers: Infinity War" will be the first movie to play beginning May 24. The popular kid’s summer series 2 For Tuesdays kicks off June 5 and will feature a different kid’s movie each Tuesday at 10am and 2pm through July 24th.
“There are some great movies coming out this summer," said Allison Newberry, theatre director, “and we are looking forward to bringing them to the Mars Theatre.”
Additional titles to play this summer include "Solo: A Star Wars Movie," "Incredibles 2," "Mama Mia, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," "Mission Impossible: Fallout," "Oceans 8" and "Christopher Robin."
Newberry added, “Two For Tuesdays is very popular and we are excited about our lineup this summer. We missed several of these movies during the months we were closed so we are excited to add them to our $2 movie lineup.”
Scheduled to play are "Ferdinand," "Captain Underpants," "The Boss Baby," "Peter Rabbit," "Sherlock Gnomes," "Paddington 2, "Alvin and the Chipmunks - Road Chip" and "The Peanuts Movie."
The recently completed renovation of the theatre has doubled the size of the stage and added much-needed storage, dressing rooms and a ramp that allows performers easier access to the stage.
“Some people may question why the expansion was necessary”, said Newberry, “but it makes our venue more appealing to performers and comparable to other theatres in the area.”
The larger stage and wing space can accommodate theatrical productions, larger bands and dance performers.
Newberry said, “We have had several acts reach out to us recently about renting the theatre for their shows and it’s all because we have more space and can offer them a great rate in a great location.”
The larger acts appeal to a larger segment of the population and that means more visitors to the theatre and to downtown Springfield. The larger stage also warranted the need for a new movie screen that can retract into the ceiling during live performances.
“Our old screen hung down too far and patrons in the balcony wouldn’t be able to see the back of the stage” Newberry explained. “The hardware for the new screen is already in placce so, as soon as the screen arrives, we will be ready to go.”
The ramp area to the side of theatre is covered and is an ideal location for birthday parties or other events.
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Tickets for all movies and live events can be purchased online at marstheatre.com or by calling Springfield City Hall during regular business hours at 912-754-7617.