With the fast-paced CGI-heavy movies Hollywood churns out now, as entertaining as they may sometimes be, it can be nice to slow down and enjoy a classic.
And that’s exactly what Chris Smith is looking to do by opening a small movie theater in the back of his Maggie Valley antique shop fittingly named Chris and Friends Antiques and a Movie.
“I just want to have something people can do together as families,” Smith said.
The movies will range in genre, Smith said, but they will be almost entirely movies produced in the 1950s or earlier, with one notable exception.
“Almost every person who has come through here has said they’d want to see ‘Grease,’” Smith said.
And that makes sense, considering the nostalgic period conveyed in ‘Grease’ aligns with Smith’s central theme.
Smith said a number of factors came together to make it possible for him to start showing classic films. First, he was able to move into a new location at 2759 Soco Road just about a month and a half ago.
“We were up the street from here for about eight and a half years,” he said.
Notably, the new location is about three times larger, meaning he now has space for not only the antique shop, but also the movie theater, which seats about 20 people. There is also room for an area currently under renovation that will feature a kitchen and a small event space — including classic arcade games for the kids — that can be used for everything from parties to reunions.
In addition, Smith said stumbling upon his grandfather’s old movie collection sparked an even stronger interest in showing the films that helped shape that generation.
“We will be showing some of papaw’s movies, but not all of them are from what I found,” Smith said.
Smith said something else that will ensure an enjoyable experience for all who turn out to catch a flick at his shop is the fact that most movies have been digitally remastered for quality, and that he purchased top-of-the-line equipment.
“We bought top-of-the-line everything for the movies, from the projector to the surround-sound,” he said.
Movies are shown at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The same movie will be screened at each time, but movies will vary from day to day.
The price of admission is $8. Popcorn will be provided free of charge, and drinks and chips will be available for purchase.