30 Days: Wellington Regent Theater offering gift certificates for the holiday

first_imgChristmas specials: Santa Claus is coming to Wellington from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today. “Arthur’s Christmas” will also be played at 2.In the next two weeks as we get closer to Christmas we will be holding a food drive.Stocking stuffers: Christmas gift certificates, of course.How to learn about the upcoming movie:Sumner Newscow will provide the public with the latest movie being shown at the Regent during the latter part of the week. Also you can log onto the Wellington Regent website at: http://www.wellingtonregent.com, or its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wellington.regent?fref=ts by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Most everyone loves a movie. So this Christmas, give your friends and family members gift certificates to the Wellington Regent Theater.If you or some of your friends haven’t been to the Wellington Regent lately since February, perhaps you should go. The picture and sound is unbeatable with its digital projection. Also, the movies are as recent as those you would find playing in Wichita. Just two weeks, as you are aware of, Regent held a midnight showing of “Catching Fire – The Hunger Games” which was released to the public. Regent sold out on a school night marking one of the most remarkable nights in the theater’s history.Now with digital projection, the theater will always be able to nab the latest releases in a timely fashion. It wasn’t always like this. Wellington Regent actually started as a 20th Century Fox movie theater called “Ashland Theater” in the 1920s. Before that is was a horse barn, said Wellington Regent Theater manager Jerry Fike.“In those days the movie studios used to just own the theaters around the country,” Fike said. “They could make a movie in about two weeks and then they would have people take the movie from movie house to movie house.”For example one movie might play in Pratt one week and then get transferred to another movie in Wellington.Wellington Regent has survived the test of time. Competing movie theaters and the drive ins closed their doors for good.The Fikes bought the movie theater in 1994 from Ken Brown, who owned the movie theater from 1981 to 1994. The Regent temporarily closed its doors for a few years in the early 2000s. The Kevin Beggs family did some extensive remodeling and ran it for a couple of years, before it closed again.  Then in 2010 several Wellington civic leaders got together and decided to invest in the reopening of the theater.The Regent opened its doors again but still had the daunting task of getting a digital projector. The theater spent two years working on various fundraisers before getting a digital projector. Once the digital projector was installed the crowd came back for good.Today the movie theater thriving.last_img