New owners for Waveland cinema
By Cassandra Favre
Aug 16, 2013, 20:11
It's lights, camera, action once again for Waveland's local cinema.
On Wednesday, Florida-based TSI Theatres owners, brothers John and Charles Watzke, announced that they signed a contract on the Choctaw Cinema Four in Waveland.
"We just signed the contract on Tuesday, " said John. "We have to wait 30 days for the closing and then we will get in there and start renovating."
The Watzke brothers are originally from Bay St. Louis.
The Watzke family has been involved in the theatre industry since Charles Watzke Sr. started out as a projectionist in 1913.
"We just celebrated our 100 years in the industry in March," said John. "This is what we do, we enjoy refurbishing theaters.
"We are hoping to get the Waveland cinema open as soon as possible."
John said they have plans to refurbish the interior, which includes new seating, drapery, carpets, screens and concession equipment.
"We won't open the cinema until it is 100 percent complete," John said. "Ticket prices will be the lowest prices the film companies will allow in this demographic.
"We will have the newest releases and concessions will be lower than anywhere on the Coast."
"This is good news for Waveland,"Mayor David Garcia said. "This will be a first class facility."
The Watkes are planning for an early/late winter opening. The theatre is expected to hold about 1,000 people. Visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/choctaw.cinemafour?fref=ts.