Theater going strong

Published 9:42 am Thursday, October 3, 2013

WELLS — One local movie theater allows residents of Wells and the surrounding community the opportunity to catch a movie, for a decent price.

The Flame Theater has been a landmark in Wells since 1912, the same year the Titanic sank, though it has undergone some transformations along the way. Today, $3 will get ticket holders into any show at the Flame.

Admission was a little cheaper when the theater opened in 1912. Five cents could get someone in. The building underwent many name changes before the owners settled on the State Theater.

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The theater burned down in 1960. Upon rebuilding, the owner held a contest to rename the theater. August J. Schultz and Rose Mershon came up with the winning suggestion: Flame Theater. The two won free passes for their suggestion.

The city took over management of the Flame in 1996 and renovated the building. New seats were put in along with a bigger screen and new sound system. The renovations totaled $65,000. The capacity of the theater is just more than 300.

The Flame offers one movie per weekend, with five showtimes. Those times are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday at 7 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

The film this weekend at the Flame will be “The Family” which stars Robert Di Nero, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron and Tommy Lee Jones. The action crime comedy follows a mafia family that has been placed under the witness protection program in their attempt to change their lives.