Archive for Thursday, November 3, 2005

Movie theater tickets go quickly; upcoming event to raise funds

November 3, 2005

Representatives of a new area movie theater -- Legends 14 in western Wyandotte County -- received a preview of their own Saturday morning as throngs of movie fans showed up for a ticket giveaway.

"It was fun for us to talk to customers and thank them for coming out," said Greg Hogue, community relations director for the movie theater. "But we also got 'thank you's' back from people for bringing a quality theater like this to the area. Most people said, 'It's about time.'"

The Legends 14, a 14-screen, state-of-the-art complex, is scheduled for a Nov. 11 unveiling.

It is part of Village West, the retail juggernaut at Interstates 435 and 70.

First show times are scheduled for approximately noon, Nov. 11.

The movie theater's upcoming opening will coincide with the grand openings of 15 other Village West businesses.

Saturday morning, officials of The Legends 14 gave away approximately 15,000 free tickets, which was 1,000 tickets more than originally planned.

"We had to print extras," Hogue said. "We didn't want to deny anybody who came out. People couldn't have been nicer and we didn't want to leave anyone empty-handed."

The ticket giveaway was originally scheduled for 9 a.m. and noon at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Hogue said company officials arrived at 7 a.m. and found movie fans already in line.

"When we got there ... there were already 50 people waiting," Hogue said. "We had 2,500 people in line by 8:30 (a.m.)."

Two tickets were given to each person Saturday and the tickets are valid until Jan. 30.

A day before the movie theater opens, on Nov. 10, The Legends 14 will host a black-tie benefit.

Proceeds from the benefit will help support community health and education programs offered by Providence Medical Center in western Wyandotte County and St. John Hospital in Leavenworth.

Screen legends of the past, including Tippi Hedren, George Kennedy and Jerry Maren, are slated to appear.

Tickets cost $100 per person. For addditional information about the fund-raising event, contact the Providence and St. John Foundation at (913) 596-4151.

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