May 28, 2018
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Cold cinema still has ‘Warm Bodies’: Heat outage reduces Bangor cinema’s lineup to three movies

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Mall Cinemas 10 is operating at less than half capacity because a recent windstorm partially knocked out its power, according the theater’s general manager.

The cinema has shut down seven of its 10 theaters, and will only show three movies until power and heat is fully restored. Only three projectors can run on the current power supply, General Manager Sue Bragdon said Sunday afternoon. The movies still showing are: “Lincoln,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” and “Warm Bodies.”

On Thursday, a storm brought strong, damaging wind gusts through the state, and cut off power for thousands of Mainers. The storm also took a transformer out of commission near the movie theater, according to Bragdon.

The damage to the transformer also caused damage to an underground cable that runs to the theater, which needs to be dug up and replaced, Bragdon said. Those repairs likely won’t happen until Tuesday.

Bangor Mall Cinemas 10 is advising moviegoers to call ahead if they have questions about which movies are playing and when, as well as to plan for chilly conditions.

The theater is charging the matinee price of $6.50 for the evening shows and is providing complimentary coffee and hot cocoa to patrons, Bragdon said.

“A blanket wouldn’t be a bad idea,” one theater employee said Saturday, adding that attendance was still “OK” despite the outage.

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