Orpheum Debut Set For
by Tim Wood
CHATHAM --- Folks lined up in
the pouring rain this morning to get tickets to the open show at the
Chatham Orpheum Theater.
Tickets were going fast by
mid day for the two showings Friday night of "The Way, Way Back," a
coming-of-age story starring Steve Carrell and Toni Collette. The
film will be shown in the renovated theater's 162-seat cinema; the
34-seat screening room will open early next week with daily showings of
A preview screening was held
Thursday night for theater donors and family members, said theater
manager Kevin McLain. The showing of "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
also served as a technical rehearsal for tonight's opening, he said.
"It went well," he said.
On Friday, workers were still putting some finishing touches on the
theater, installing handicap railings and other fixtures. David
Veach, husband of Orpheum president Naomi Turner, was busy assembling
the high-top tables for the lobby cafe, which will be run by Vers, the
lower level restaurant that also opened Friday.
Along one wall panels listing
the 3,000 people who have helped raise the nearly $3 million cost of
purchasing the property and renovating the nearly 100-year-old theater
had been hung. The "Sharks in the Park" shark sculpture
commissioned by the theater hung on one lobby wall where a mural
featuring the visages of movie greats will eventually be installed.
Turner was on the phone
calling people who had placed their name on a list for early tickets.
Assistant Manager Geoffrey Bassett manned the box office window as a
steady stream of people stopped by for tickets, which are available for
the week's showings of "The Way, Way Back." It's scheduled to play
at 3, 6 and 9 through the week.
Watch for more
developments in this story.