The Movie Palace in Elizabethtown is offering a new experience for its patrons: a motion theater.
The 5-D experience incorporates moving seats, enhanced 3-D visual on a larger theater screen as well as fog, misting rain, snow and more for a completely immersive experience. The theater features 18 seats.
Owner Ike Boutwell said he wants people to come and have more than just a regular movie experience.
“It’s something new we think people will enjoy,” he said.
Paula Boutwell, general manager at the theater, called the motion theater “one of a kind.” They pair two five- or so-minute clips for $7. They have options for both adults and children. Currently for children, they have a Dinosaur World and an Under the Sea experience. One of the clips for adults is an Extreme Rollercoaster.
They also provide plastic 3D glasses.
Paula said the first showings start around 1:30 p.m. and will go until 9 p.m. Since introducing the motion theater around Christmas, she said they’ve had more than 400 people to experience it.
In addition to the motion theater, Paula said they’ve taken another theater and completely flattened everything to create a game room, which will feature virtual reality rides and games along with their regular video games. The game room is expected to be complete in the next couple of weeks.
Additionally, Paula said they’ve converted yet another auditorium to also offer patrons a party room. She said they took out the lower-level chairs and put in bean bags. Families or groups can come in for birthday parties or private gatherings.
“Our party room is free; you don’t have to pay for. You just pay for your tickets and whatever concession you want,” she said.
If it’s a birthday party, Paula said the birthday child will get a free ride in the motion theater and everybody else in the party gets a dollar off.
Aside from renovations in the theater, they are also building a storage facility next door to the Movie Palace. Scott Boutwell, Ike Boutwell’s son, said the idea for a storage facility came about after they had difficulty finding a storage unit in the area.
Eight buildings with a total of 198 storage units are proposed. Scott said the storage will, for the most part, be an iCloud-based operation. They anticipate units being available for use by the first of March. However, that could change. Ike said the metal for the buildings has been on order for close to six months now and, as of Monday morning, they still didn’t have it.
Scott said they’ve also been working with the city to get all the needed approvals.
“It’s gone through all the channels and everything is working out pretty good,” he said.
Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or email@example.com.